Thursday, August 19, 2010

Author Interview with Evie Alexis!

Recently, I had the pleasure of having an interview with author Evie Alexis. She wrote the book And Cafe Con Leche and The Obsessive, Compulsive Romance Novelist.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a married gal, been so for the past decade +, and have two strong boys nearing those "tween" years. I was born and raised in New York. City gal by birth, suburban marm by choice. I speak English, Spanish and some French. Am working on getting that third language down pact. Love studying. That's how I ended up with two master's degrees, both in the field of education. I am a strong Christian, and my faith int the Lord is what keeps me focused especially in this day and age.

What inspired you to write your book, And Cafe Con Leche?
Believe it or not, it was the editor of Stonehedge Publishing who gave me the idea. She believed I could market this work for the mainstream public. I sent it to an agent, who really loved the work, but suggested I work towards marketing it for young adults, which was my vision in the first place. The agent loved the revisions and offered me a contract for representation, but I decided to go an alternate route.

Which character in your books can you relate to the most?
I think you'll find a little bit of me in all my characters. Isabela and I share a similar upbringing (minus being Catholic, having a twin brother, and having a mother like that. But I wasn't allowed to date during high school, couldn't go anywhere at night and spent many years memorizing chapter and verses from the Bible, which I am extremely grateful for. It's a positive. Like Isabela, I was very education focused. School came first; relationships (boys, I mean) were a distant second.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Positive, cheerful, sweet, patient, and spiritual.

Are you currently working on a book?
Yes. I am working on two short stories for Victory Tales Press. They create anthologies. I am also working on the "three-quel" to my Obsessive-Compulsive Series, where the heroine of that novel ties in the knot in the cleanest wedding imagined.

When you're not writing, what kind of books do you like to read?
The Bible and other religious books. Philip Yancey is a great Christian author. I really enjoy British Lit. However, as a reviewer of books, I've read a lot of different works.

How long did it take you to write your book, And Cafe Con Leche?
Oh gosh, two years at least. Like I said, it was written, then re-written, then re-written some get the idea.

Do you know if it will it ever be available in stores?
I'd love to walk into a Barnes and Noble or Borders and find it there, but that all depends on the publisher at this time. I know my next novel, The Broken Road to Nowhere will be available at these stores. But you know, so many people are going the ebook route nowadays. It seems that is the way to go.

Favorite Movie: I have a few. Pride and Prejudice (1995), The Ten Commandments, The Sound of Music, The Slipper and the Rose

Favorite TV show: Judge Judy, hands down. That woman rocks. She just makes so much sense in a nonsensical world.

Favorite Book: More than one. The Bible, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice

Favorite Food: Eggplant Parmesan, but it has to be the way my husband makes, and let me tell you, he can cook.

Thanks Evie for your time!

Watch for my review of And Cafe Con Leche soon.


  1. Elena, thank you so much for the interview. You posed some interesting questions. It was a pleasure to meet you and work with you. I hope we can continue this online collaboration and acquaintance.

  2. Fab interview! Mmm, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy... YUM!

  3. Great interview, Evie, your book sounds like a very entertaining read!

  4. Thanks for the comments, ladies. I really am proud of this work. LOL, Meredith. Colin Firth did an excellent job with that role.

  5. Hi Evie and Elena,
    Great interview. Evie, I'm always learning something new and interesting about you. I am so looking forward to Erika's wedding in OCD #3. Congrats on all the work you're doing. Go with God!


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