One of my new author friends is Christina Alexandra, a fellow historical romance writer. It is my great pleasure to introduce you to her.
First, tell us a bit about yourself. From where do you come? Past jobs, awards, the usual bio stuff.
Hi, my name is Christina Alexandra. I write historical romance set in Georgian and Regency England. I use my varied life and work experiences to craft true-to-life characters and emotional stories with a unique twist on modern issues. When not researching, writing or working as an emergency services operator, I spend my spare time travelling, cooking—oftentimes with a historical flare—and connecting with fans and friends on social media.
An avid trivia junkie, I am constantly on the lookout for random facts in the hopes that it will help me in my never ending quest for a spot on “Jeopardy!”
You can connect with me online at
website ~ facebook ~ Haute Ton Reader Society ~ twitter ~ instagram
Tell us about your new release.
I’ve actually had to delay my release due to health reasons. I’m hoping to have it out in January. It’s part of the Common Elements Romance Project—individual stories that are tied together by 5 common elements: a lightning storm, a haunted house, a person named Max, a thick stack of books, and a set of lost keys. Along with these elements, The Worth of a Viscount is based on one of my favorite tropes: second chance romance.
Led to believe her high-spirited nature chased away her first love, Lady Maxine Pearson bent to family demand, cultivating a facade of docile, boring perfection. But after four seasons without a single offer of marriage, she realizes perfection is decidedly overrated. Desperate to escape the cage of her own making, Maxine seizes the opportunity to travel to her cousin’s wedding scandalously alone.
Adam Hawkins always dreamed of marrying Lady Maxine. Even when the point was beaten into him, he refused to accept that a knight’s son would never be good enough for an earl’s daughter, leaving England to prove his worth. Now, six years later, he has returned with the wealth, influence, and status beyond his expectations.
When Maxine’s act of rebellion leaves her stranded, she has no choice but to accept help from the man who broke her heart, giving Adam the perfect opportunity to win it back. As passion flares, discovery by her family has Maxine falling back into her role as obedient daughter, leaving Adam to show her their second chance at love is worth fighting for.
What difficulties does writing this genre present?
The difficulty in writing Regency stories is getting past people’s perceived notions of what it is. Many stories take place in London, which was a bustling trading city. There were people of all nationalities there. It wasn’t made up of only an all white upper class or all white lower class. There was a thriving, rising middle class of merchants, bankers, etc. And the diversity! The more research I do, the more Regency London resembles modern London in its demographics. Incorporating character not just from the continent, but also Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East is important in representing the time period properly.
What do you enjoy most in the writing process? What parts of it do you really dislike?
I think I like the editing process the best. For me it’s really easy to come up with an Idea and it’s easy for me to fix something that has been done. But the actual first draft is painful!
Are you more of a plotter or a pantser, or does it change from book to book?
I’m a plotster! lol. I plot major events and the ending, but everything in between is a mystery until it’s on the page.
How do you keep all your research information and plot ideas organized and accessible?
I use Evernote to organize my ideas. I have a file of story ideas (I think I’m up to 120 now). Many can be combined with each other, some are duplicates, and some need more development. But I have about 65 useful plots I can pick from right away.
I have a file for names, too. I have names for heroes and heroines, names for secondary characters, surnames, titles, and estate names. These I get from everywhere. My favorite resource is the Day Job—either people in my department, or people I talk to over the phone. Even street names have some great sounds to them!
What will you be working on next?
After Worth, I’ll be working on book 2 of the Reluctant Lords, The Seduction of the Duke, as well as working on my as yet untitled Christmas novella for my reader group, the Haute Ton Reader Society.
Congratulations on your publications. I LOVE Regency!