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Confessions of a Writer Tag

 

Hi I am Lexi Miles.  As I was sipping my smooth rich morning coffee, a sweet vanilla Hawaiian coconut blend, I scrolled through a quick set of twitter greetings.  One of which was a tag to do a quick question and answer session.  I was tagged by none other than the extremely sweet and profoundly talented writer Annelisa Christensen (@Alpha_Annelisa).  Warm thank you Annelisa.  I am honored that you thought of me.

Speaking of thinking of people, since I got caught by the tag I now have become the tagger.  So, wickedly giggling, that is code for I get to do some tagging of my own to a select bunch of incredibly gifted authors.  By tagging them, it will then become their chance to answer the same questions, as seen below, within their blog and to also become the tagger.  With that said, please stay tuned to see if you have been tagged at the end.  [Originator of tag by Nicolette Elzie at A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly]

Okay, flexing my hands dramatically, let’s get started.  Here are my answers.

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When did you first start writing?  Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.  In one way or another, I think it was a nearby thought.  Did not matter what I was doing, I always found a way to incorporate my writing.  Then several years back I no longer denied my calling to do it.  I hopped upon the keyboard, even with a few detours along the way still, and I have not looked back since.

 

 

 

What genre do you write?

Contemporary Romance M/F HEA (Sensual / Erotic / Suspense)

 

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress?  When did you start working on this project?

To keep things fresh I like to write a couple novels at a time.  Although I am in the process of closing out a few works, the three newer ones that are being juggled right now are: Stolen Heart, Assisting Love, We Really Shouldn’t.

 

Stolen Heart (Under Covers Series) (Started 2015)

When the director’s daughter of a high-powered governmental agency is kidnapped, Connie Moore, a highly specialized agent, is called in immediately to recover her.  In hopes of sniffing out a rat on the director’s secret squad, in time to save the girl, she goes undercover and assumes the identity of an inexperienced cadet.  Connie soon finds things getting tricky when she meets the devastatingly gorgeous head of her new team, Tanner Orien.  Will her unquenchable desire for Tanner compromise her mission?

My thoughts behind this one: I wanted to write something sexy, mysterious, and had a kick of suspense.

 

Assisting Love (Solo Effort) (Started 2015)

After an incredibly bad day Dixie Star, a talented executive assistant, decides that she is in desperate need of a change.  She lands the job opportunity of a lifetime.  In a matter of hours, she finds herself as an assistant for the highly inaccessible and equally attractive Cliff Conroy.  Will she soon finds out that her job has more perks than she had ever dreamed?

My thoughts behind this one: I love that this one has a lot of fun twists and turns.  I am having a blast writing it!

 

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We Really Shouldn’t (Sensual Recipes Series Vol 2) (2014)

In hopes of implementing cutting edge techniques throughout the growing culinary empire, Lucky Post has been assigned to shadow the innovated chef Todd Grant.  Without question, he is the most gorgeous man that she had even laid eyes upon.  There is just one problem, due to work he is off-limits.

My thoughts behind this one: I just wanted to write a highly sensual forbidden romance.  And this one has an extra bit of spiciness to keep things exciting.

 

 

 

What was your first piece that you can remember writing?  What was it about?

Wow, I have not thought about this in years.  So, clearing out the cobwebs, I just remembered what it was.  In the early years at my elementary school, I had the pleasure of being assigned a creative project.  I was tasked to generate an original idea for a tall tale.  It had to be based on a real person that I knew and their best qualities.  Once the qualities were selected; I singled out one of them, and exaggerated it with fun flair as the character saved the day and embraced who they were as a person all at the same time.

 

What’s the best part about writing?

Every bit of it!  I love getting caught up in it!

 

What’s the worst part about writing?

Is it cheesy if I say that it is when I have to stop for the day?  Well call me cheesy then because it is true. *giggles*

 

What’s the name of your favourite character and why?

Dixie Star is one of my favourite characters; accordingly, she sassy, strong, and, after years of being taken for granted, she is unapologetic about her steady evolution into the person that she is becoming.

(Novel: Assisting Love)

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How much time a day/week do you get to write?  When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

I aim for 2 to 6 hours daily, but when I am lucky even more!  I find that the best time for writing for me is when it is late night or extremely early morning.  I like writing when it is, pin drop, quiet.  To me that is such a refreshing time to create.

 

Did you go to college for writing?

That answer is tricky.  It is both yes and no.  My formal emphasis was on communication, but as I took all of those courses a great number of them were formal English classes.  I also received an invaluable practical education from my various professors that were editors, publishers, and authors.

 

What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors?

It’s spelling errors.  Those typically stand out to me more than the other two types of errors.  I would not say that they bother me.  It’s more of a feeling like that of a speed bump while I read.  In such a way that I am still moving forward as I read but the error slows me down, enough to notice, as I am on my way through the work.

 

What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

There were three things: write from the heart, write something that I connect with, and write something different that needs to be written.

 

What advice would you give to another writer?

I am glad that you asked this one.  And I am happy to share this piece of advice.  I hope that it helps—really helps—someone.

Critiques come with the territory.  They are both good and bad, grow from them.  But please do not lose sight, you have a gift no matter what someone tells you.  So, if you encounter discouragement, rejections, or challenges, what I am saying is, it’s perfectly normal and it is even okay.  That is going to happen.  That thing, person or whatever, does not get to stop you.  No matter what keep writing because someone needs to hear what you have to say.  You are someone’s favorite writer.  And most importantly, have fun writing!

What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips, or encouragement?

For Tips:

I have a few websites that I like to go to as a resource, one of which is www.GrammarGirl.com

Mainly I really like YouTube videos.  Whatever it is that I am exploring, as far as writing, I put in a few key words, and my need has been met.  I particularly like using YouTube videos because I have a specialized English scholar at my fingertips whenever I need it.

Encouragement:

I love zipping around Twitter, Good Reads, Wattpad, and Facebook.  The writer community is amazing.  I also enjoy reading the exercise accounts and positive thoughts on Twitter and Instagram accounts as well.  So HUGE thank you to my online friends.

 

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing?  What are your hobbies?

  • Time with my Yorkies, my Sis, and friends tops my list.
  • I love fitness and workout often. (See Pinterest and my Blog *giggles*)
  • I adore cooking, listening to music, and drawing.
  • I absolutely love romcoms because I am a mush. (Hence the reason why I write romance. *sigh*)
  • And, I thoroughly enjoy doing TV binges on Netflix and Demand.
  • I love writer days outside by the pool, picnic sites, or the beach.
  • I sing as often as I can (think Giselle in Enchanted *giggles*).
  • I am a huge fan of bubble baths.
  • I dabble in fashion (have a line of yoga wear and more clothing is in development).
  • My guilty pleasures are those gaming apps for matching items and time management. Believe it or not, the games help my mind to focus. *winks* (But in all seriousness they actually do.)

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What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

How Good Can It Get? – By Alan Cohen

Despite the many titles I read, I find myself picking this one up to read it every couple months.  And every time, with such a fun relatable story, it only gets better.  It is a great read.  It is packed with positive ah-ha moments that have forever shifted my prospective on the way in which I view things.

What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?

Before We Go

It is an independent film that deals with relationships, going for things that you want just for you and not to impress anyone else, and having a fun night out.  It showed New York in a way that I have never seen it.  I just really enjoyed it.

 

What is your favourite book or series of all time?

The Love Unexpected Series

The genre of the books are romance, but they have so much depth going on in each one of them.  They are extremely hot—those scenes are wow—and I love that.  As hot as they are, each deals with some pretty intense subjects that evolved my thoughts in profound ways as I read them.  Great reads.

 

Who is your favourite author?

I have a small select group:

Chloe Quinn

Alan Cohen

Dr. Seuss (From the time that I first could read.)

Jackie Collins

Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D.

And also a few others.

 

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

There are a few titles set for release:

Holiday Fever Series (3 books)

  • Custom Fit (Thanksgiving Vol 1)
  • The Christmas Deal (Christmas Vol 2)
  • Midnight Kiss (New Year’s Vol 3)

– AND –

Convince Me (Seductive Recipes Series Vol 1) is also set for release in November 2015.

 

Where else can we find you online?

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You can connect with me at any of the following:

Website: www.Leximilesauthor.com

Email: LexiMiles.Author@gmail.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LexiMilesBooks

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LexiMilesAuthor

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LexiMilesAuthor

Good Reads: www.goodreads.com/LexiMiles

Wattpad: www.wattpad.com/LexiMilesAuthor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/LexiMilesAuthor

Amazon: www.Amazon.com/Author/LexiMiles

 

Ready or not, you’ve just been tagged (round one):

Chloe Quinn

Dakota Storm

Robert Stanhope

Mary-Ann Smith

Rachel D Rainey

John D Winston

Jenny Foshia

Theresa Snyder

Olga

Cait Jarrod

Tamara Ferguson

 

Just so you know, you’ve just been tagged (round two):

Jalien Earth

Mistral Dawn

Christopher Kokoski

Tina Long

Janice G Ross

Belinda Burke

Susan Ward

Tami Lund

Pat McDonald

Peter Glassman

Izabella Grace

 

Will tag a few more people.  Coming soon…

 

Tagees: To make finding the questions easier, here they are:

When did you first start writing?  Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

What genre do you write?

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress?  When did you start working on this project?

What was your first piece that you can remember writing?  What was it about?

What’s the best part about writing?

What’s the worst part about writing?

What’s the name of your favourite character and why?

How much time a day/week do you get to write?  When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

Did you go to college for writing?

What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors?

What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

What advice would you give to another writer?

What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips, or encouragement?

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing?  What are your hobbies?

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?

What is your favourite book or series of all time?

Who is your favourite author?

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

Where else can we find you online?

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