Meet Author Kianna Alexander

Posted on March 10, 2012


Kissing The CaptainI love historicals, especially ones with Black characters, but they are hard to come by. In steps Kianna Alexander with a historical romance for little ol’ me. Okay, so maybe she didn’t write it for me, but I still enjoyed it all the same. Enjoy the interview and great book.

Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a military spouse and mother of two young children. I mean, really young. As in, the oldest is in kindergarten. So my writing time is hard won, and very precious to me. In college I majored in Elementary Education, but once I went into the classroom…well, then it wasn’t for me anymore.

When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun? I love to read. My favorite authors are Beverly Jenkins, Gwyneth Bolton, Farrah Rochon, Sarra Cannon (young adult fantasy), Marcia Colette (urban fantasy), and so many more. I read a lot of historical non-fiction for research and pleasure. Recently I’ve discovered audio books- finally I can read while driving! YAY!

I also sew, scrapbook, make jewelry, make flashcards for my children, and attempt to crochet.

Tell us something few know about you.

  • I had nine jobs between the ages of 16 and 22. (So now you know why I work for myself- LOL) I did everything from being a fast food worker to being a nanny.
  • I’ve been with my husband since the fifth grade. We were just friends back then, but as puberty set in, well you get the picture.
  • I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 12. Haven’t been on one in over a decade-but I did learn, dang it!

What genre(s) do you like to read? Mainly romance and young adult fantasy. I like a good mystery now and then, too, like Pamela Samuels Young, Walter Mosely, or James Patterson.

What is your favorite novel and why? Night Song by Beverly Jenkins. I was 16 when I found my step-mother’s copy. I was fascinated by the image of a loving black couple on the front, and what I found inside the cover of that book inspired me. I learned to believe in true love that day, and the desire I’d always had to be a writer became greater than ever.

What was the last novel you read that you enjoyed and why? Fast Break by Regina Hart. I knew nothing about basketball, now I feel like I know lots. The storyline was really unique, and she is very descriptive when introducing her characters.

What genre(s) do you write? Romance: contemporary, historical, and paranormal. I hope to do some young adult, eventually.

Where do your concepts for your novels come from? Everywhere: television news reports, conversations I overhear in the coffee shop, dreams.

How long does it typically take you to write a book? Anywhere from 2 months to a year, depending on length and research required.

Tell us about your latest book? In 1879, near the small northern California town of Ridgeway, Lilly Warren is a young black woman who has recently lost her father. There is little time for mourning, though, as the responsibility of running the twenty-six acre farm now belongs to her. To make matters even more complex, her father has deeded the house and the land to her in his will with an interesting condition: that she share the land with a person she’s never met, or forfeit ownership. Ricardo Benigno is a Spanish captain of the Anna Juanita, a shipping vessel bringing spices and oils to the shores of California. Seeking out the farm of his old friend Leonard Warren, he discovers that the older man has passed away. To his surprise, Ricardo has also been willed joint ownership of Warren land, as long as he shares it with Lilly, Warren’s only child. The attraction between them is instant, and they both agree that marriage is the only acceptable way they can share the land. But can two people from such different worlds learn to love each other, or will Lilly’s heart be broken if she dares to kiss the captain?

I’m very excited about Kissing the Captain, my first historical romance. It’s sweet, so no hanky panky, but I think I laid the sexual tension on pretty thick between my Black/Portuguese heroine and my Spanish hero.

Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write? I’m a plotter. I need at least a timeline of events to get started. I also make a very basic thought web, like you learn to do in fifth grade, that is basically a bubble with lines extending out. I label the lines Characters, Setting, Plot, Conflict, and Resolution.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination? Yes and no. A lot of the characters sort of present themselves to me. But people I don’t like in real life often become my villains. 😉 (I change their names.)

Where can readers purchase your latest book?

Kindle, Nook, Print version coming soon!

What other titles have you written?

As Kianna Alexander:

Skye’s the Limit, Contemporary Mystery w/ romantic elements.

As Alexandra Kane:

Darkness Rising, PHOENIX Files Book 1- January 2011 -Paranormal Romance, Interracial:

If you could change one thing about your writing career thus far, what would it be? I would have gotten serious about writing and submitting before I had my babies, when I had nothing but time on my hands.

What do you have on the burner for the next year?  Working on getting out at least two more releases this year- The Preachers’ Paramour, sequel to Kissing the Captain, and Midnight’s Serenade, third book in the PHOENIX Files series. Next year, a third book in the Roses of Ridgeway series (Loving the Lawman) and a PHOENIX Files prequel (When Twilight Falls). Busy, busy!

How can readers reach you? Twitter: @AuthorAlexandra

As Kianna Alexander

As Alexandra Kane

Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

I give book clubs discounts on my print books when they order five or more copies directly from me. Contact me via my website for details.

I love my readers. They are what keep me going on days when I just can’t seem to get the words right. If you’ve ever bought, reviewed, liked, tweeted, shared, or commented on any of my books, I am truly, truly appreciative. Following your dream can be hard, but the readers make it worth it.