Interview with Alexa Summers, Author of Model Behavior
11 Jun 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Model Behavior?
Model Behavior is book two in my Slow Burn Series. I’m a fan of slow burn romance. After writing a historical/fantasy steamy romance trilogy called Maid for Majesty, under the pen name AJ Phoenix, I wanted to try Contemporary. In my twenties, I worked several jobs within the entertainment industry, and saw the life of those that live in the fast lane. I thought it would be an interesting setting for a series. The first book in the series, Touchdown, was in the sport entertainment world. Model Behavior takes place in the fashion world. There are cameos from some characters from one book to the next, and the books can be read in any order.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
My fifth-grade teacher always believed I should become an author and told my parents so. She once entered one of my stories into a contest, and it was published. I ended up getting a career in education, but couldn’t find much work. With the extra time I had, I wanted to take up more reading. One day after finishing a book and looking for something else to devour, I got a story idea and began tapping at my keys. After that, I didn’t want to stop.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Are you kidding? I have a top five for every genre! How about I tell you what I’ve been reading lately? Right now, I’m reading, Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell. I’m up to date of Penelope Bloom’s Objects of Attraction Series, and next up I’m reading Lauren Blakely’s, The Dating Proposal.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
What a fantastic idea! I’d love to do literary talk show. I’d want to ask most authors where they get their ideas from and what their process is. I’d also like to see their writing space!
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
All my life, people have commented that I ‘drift away’. When I write, I’m in my own little bubble and can imagine and reimagine stories. The best part is, I can come and go as I please.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m a mama, so there’s no typical day for me. My children are two and four and my day-to-day my schedule changes per the needs of my family. On a day where I write, I drop my son off at school, get some play time with my daughter. While she naps, I sneak away to my office and tap at the keyboard. Writing is my passion and my escape; it’s my me time.
What scene in Model Behavior was your favorite to write?
Aside for the steamy scenes, there were two scenes I enjoyed writing; the Meet Cute and Hannah’s visit to Central Park. With the Meet Cute, I loved the building tension between my main characters and the banter of Donna and Alexandra. Hannah’s time in Central Park is unexpected, and not something I’d normally write, but it seemed appropriate for Hannah and James. It fit with the rest of the story. I can’t say much more about that scene without giving away spoilers.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” I know. It’s not exactly inspirational, but it describes how I live.
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