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We had the privilege of meeting Alexis Goring about a year and a half ago when she shared her book Hope in My Heart with us. I am happy to have her back today to share her newest novella, A Second Chance. Before we visit, though, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
You can purchase A Second Chance here:
Welcome back, Alexis! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite color? Purple! It’s gorgeous.
Favorite season? Autumn! It brings joy to my photographer heart because of the glory of the changing colors in the leaves (photo ops are everywhere) and the weather is perfect (breezy, cool, sunny and slightly warm).
I’m ready… Favorite writing snack? Musketeers chocolate candy bar
Favorite animal? Deer! I love them because of their beauty and elegance.
As long as they aren’t jumping into the path of my car! Favorite ice cream flavor? Oreo from Cold Stone Creamery. It tastes SO good!
Tell us a little about A Second Chance. Who is your favorite secondary character and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
My favorite secondary character in my latest novella, A Second Chance, is Gina. I think that I’ll give her a story of her own sometime in the future. When the readers of my book meet Gina, they see that she is a widow who is struggling to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death. Her brother Marc (the hero of this story) steps in and takes care of her kids every now and then to give her a break so that she can relax and meet her book deadlines. Gina is a bestselling romance novelist. After all she’s been through, I think that she deserves her own story and maybe her own second chance at love. But it won’t be easy to write a new love story for Gina because her late husband was the love of her life and he set the bar high for any other man who may want to woo her heart after his death.
She sounds like a great potential heroine! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I chose to set A Second Chance in Maryland because I grew up in that great state. So I am very familiar with most of the areas that I described in my book. Since I don’t often see Christian fiction set in this area, I thought it would be a good idea to shine light on the gorgeous attractions of the area that what we call the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia).
That’s true; there aren’t many books set there. How fun to have an opportunity to “visit.” Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
Photography of God’s most creative creation…people! I’ve been asked to be a wedding photographer a couple of times. It’s another dream of mine that I’d like to do in addition to writing professionally. So maybe one day it will be more than a hobby!
That would probably give you some interesting story ideas, too! Can you share about a time when you knew that God was in control?
I knew that God was in control of my writing career when He made a way for me to get a writing contract and be traditionally published. It’s what a friend of mine would say is a “monument” in my life for several reasons.
First, I had been trying to get a writing contract and be traditionally published for years. I knew it would probably take a couple of years but I’d been waiting about five years. Prior to that, I had self-published a book through Crossbooks which at the time, was an imprint of B&H Publishing Group. A few years later, Crossbooks closed and WestBow Press rebranded my book. WestBow Press is the imprint of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. All this time, I kept sending query letters to literary agents because I was trying to get my foot in the door and be traditionally published. But I kept getting rejection letters from the agents varied with no response even after follow-up.
The year prior to my getting published, I’d submitted my manuscript to a popular Christian publisher and they were immediately interested. They requested revisions, which I made and resubmitted my manuscript and then I had to wait. After waiting about 8 months, I asked for permission to submit my manuscript to other publishers. They gave me their blessing and I submitted it to Cynthia Hickey of Forget Me Not Romances. Less than 48 hours later, she offered me a writing contract.
After accepting and signing the writing contract, my book (which was already written prior to signing the contract) was published and available as an e-book on Amazon within one week. After one more week, the paperback copy of my book was available! God moved the process before me so quickly that I barely had time to blink my eyes. It was then that I knew the meaning of God’s timing being perfect.
Wow! That’s amazingly fast! It will be fun to see what He has in store for you in the future. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Alexis!
Your turn! Can you share a time when you knew God was in control?
More about Alexis:
Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.
You can connect with Alexis online:
“God is Love” blog: http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com