About the Author
Alexis A. Goring is a writer at heart and a journalist by profession.
She loves the art of storytelling! She was delighted when her first book, an inspirational romance novella called Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories, released in Sept. 2013.
When Alexis is not working on her next book or chasing down the next big story for the newspaper where she works as a freelance reporter, she can be found listening to songs by her most admired musicians, enjoying the food in cafes/restaurants, shopping at her favorite malls and spending quality time with loved ones (family and friends).
1. How long does it typically take you to write a book?
It takes about four to eight months per novella for me to write a story from start to finish. I’ve yet to write a standalone novel. My novellas usually cap at 40K words.
2. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Haha. I wrote my first “book” at age 9. I called it “Sisters.” I typed it into a word processor on the family computer, printed it out and drew illustrations for it too. Unfortunately, I cannot find it anywhere. But at least I had time to read it to my Mom’s best friend and family members before I lost it.
3. What suggestions would you give potential author to help them become a better writer?
I’d say to keep writing, develop your skill set through creative writing classes, attend writer workshops and writer’s conferences then dive in headfirst. Remember to take notes as you learn how to become a better writer and never give up!
4. How frequently do you hear from your fans?
Every now and then, someone will send an e-mail message or a leave a note on my Author page on Facebook and they’ll tell me why they love my work. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, their thoughtful notes make my day!
5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming a writer ever cross your mind?
I “knew” after writing that first “book” of mine (Sisters) that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. It was the onlycareer choice that crossed my mind. However, when I went to college, a Journalism professor pretty much recruited me and I found that I had a talent for it. So then I started to dream of being a journalist and a writer of fictional stories. Thankfully, God allowed both of those dreams to come true!
6. What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?
My second passion (after writing) is photography. Right now I only have my smartphone’s camera to take pictures with but I dream of being able to buy my own Canon brand DSLR and launch a photography business on the side. I’m also a foodie. I enjoy visiting new restaurants/cafes and exploring the creative dishes.
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