- What is the name you prefer to go by (real name, pen name, nickname; please specify)? Agnes Alexander
- How long have you been writing? Since I was a kid. When I first decided to send my work to market I wrote articles, short stories, etc. Of course, I wrote a few books along the way, but they stayed hidden in my desk drawer. I turned to serious novel writing in the late in 1999.
- What genres do you write? Western Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Mystery and Contemporary Romance
- What inspired you to write? When I was a kid, the teacher often would read to the class. One day my 3rd. grade school teacher read a book to the class during rest period. It was Cowgirl Kate, by Enid Johnson. I loved the book so much I vowed that someday I’d write a book. (A few years ago I ordered Cowgirl Kate from a used book store and gave 30 dollars for a 2.98 book, but was worth it. I still liked the book.
- Are you published or close? I’ve had over 500 articles, etc. published and 30 books. I also have 2 under contract to come out later this year or early next year.
- What is one thing unique about yourself or that others don’t know about you. I don’t just hate housework – I loth it. As soon as I can I plan to hire a housekeeper if I have to give up meat with meals.
- If you had the opportunity to meet any famous writer, dead or alive, who would it be? It would be Dorothea Brande. (See Question 9)
- Have you given your hero or heroine any skills or superpowers you wish you had? If so, who and what? Only the smarts to do whatever needs doing in any situation they find themselves in.
- My favorite writing craft book is _On Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande (It was published in 1934, but is still in print) because it taught me that no matter how bad the many rejection letters I got made me feel, I’d be even more miserable if I gave up writing.
- What bit of advice or wisdom do you have to share with the chapter?Regardless of what some people think, writing is hard work and it isn’t a career the faint of heart should tackle. It’s something that most writers are compelled to do in spite of themselves. When you’re discouraged, (and you’ll be exception if this never happens to you) talk to other writers. It won’t take you long to learn that most of them were rejected many times before they were published. Join writer’s groups and find a critique group who will be honest about your work, but who will encourage you to keep going. And realize the old cliché is true, anything worth having is worth working for.
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