I am very excited to feature a debut author here on my blog. Her name is Lexi C. Foss, and I’m predicting she will be a well-known author in no time! She debuts in May 2017 with not one, but TWO new series, and already has the interwebs abuzz. Her paranormal romance, Blood Laws, and her Contemporary Romance, The Prince’s Game, will both be released in May 2017. Lexi took time out of her ultra-busy release schedule to tell us a bit more about her herself and her exciting new releases.
Welcome, Lexi! It’s unusual for an author to debut two separate series at the same time, so tell us how that came about.
I’m still debating if this was a good decision, or one made in a moment of insanity. I wrote both books around the same time because I needed to balance the dark with the light. Blood Laws is a bit edgier with darker elements, while The Prince’s Game has a humorous undertone and light subject matter. I’m curious to see how they do in comparison to each other with readers. I’ve always loved statistics, so I’m sure I’ll have some fun playing with the results of this case study.
When did you make the decision to write your books and how did you decide on indie publishing?
I’ve always been a daydreamer. On a boring day back in 2009, I decided to write down some dialogue that was floating around in my head. Then I added some description, and suddenly I was staring a 300,000 word monstrosity that I realized was a full blown series. I toyed with various voices, wrote a few other story ideas out, and then I went back to school for my Master of Public Health. My hobby was put on hold until last summer (2016) when a friend of mine encouraged me to get back into writing and take it seriously. She told me about indie publishing, introduced me to an awesome group of writers, and the rest was history.
In Blood Laws, you created a world with paranormal creatures, who appear on the surface to be everyday people. What challenges did you face to make your characters stand out?
I don’t know that I really faced any challenges in making them stand out, but I have faced challenges toning down some of their voices. They are all very loud in my head, demanding I write one thing or another, and sometimes I have to put them in timeout for unruly conduct. Balthazar is the biggest offender. He wasn’t supposed to be in Blood Laws at all, but he kept badgering me until I gave in (he would tell me – “I told you so” – because his scenes did make sense in the end). They all have their own quirks, and I love writing about them. Their voices and unique mannerisms are what makes brings them to life on paper.
The Prince’s Game is a bit different from the intensity of Blood Laws. Was it a challenge to write two series at the same time?
Not at all. The Prince’s Game offered me the mental break I needed after writing Blood Laws. It was a lighter, funnier story that is very different from darkness of Blood Laws. Writing both books so close together kept my creativity fresh, and gave me a break before starting on what will be a very dark novel – Forbidden Bonds.
Will you be attending any conferences this year, so readers can meet you?
I will be all over the place this year:
- Romantic Times Convention in Atlanta, Georgia: May 2, 2017 – May 7, 2017
- Romance Writers of America Conference in Orlando, Florida: July 26, 2017 – July 29, 2017
- Indie Author Signing Event: July 27th
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- Book Obsessed Babes Author Signing Event in Destin, Florida: September 9, 2017
- Indie Romance Convention: October 4, 2017 – October 7, 2017
- Signing Event: October 7th
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- For the Love of Books & Alcohol in Chicago, IL: October 14, 2017
What’s next? Tell us about your upcoming works in progress or new releases.
Blood Laws will be released on May 2nd and The Prince’s Game will be released on May 9th. So those are my upcoming new releases. As for works in progress: I’m currently writing Forbidden Bonds, which is book 2 of the Immortal Curse series, and outlining The Charmer’s Gambit, which is book 2 of the Mershano Empire series.
Just for fun, let us know something personal about you…
I was born into a family of Eclipse Chasers. You might be wondering what the means… Well, it means I travel all over the world to see total solar eclipses of the sun. I have see 5 so far in my lifetime (Mexico 1991, Caribbean 1998, Zambia 2001, Turkey 2006, South Pacific 2012), and I will be adding a 6th one to my list in August 2017 (Nashville, TN).
Thanks Lexi! I’m so looking forward to reading all of your books. Here are the important links for everything Lexi C. Foss: