Ladies and gents!
Truly excited to have Lexi Swann with us today! One of my favorite indie authors ( and a dear friend of mine). Lexi Swann hails from Canada, she is a mom, writer, editor, and works at the local high school where she lives with special needs teens. She’s downright amazing and she has a way with the words folks.
If you’re new to the blog….. S.A.S is Saturday Author Spotlight. Each Saturday I try to snag up an interview with a fellow author. We talk writing, books, and get to know them type questions.
I hope y’all enjoy the interview!
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always adored books. When I became a reviewer in 2015, I met so many amazing authors. That led to an edit, which led to my becoming a freelance editor. The longer I edited manuscripts, the more in love with the idea of writing I became, until one day a story bloomed to life in my mind. Authors; it was the many authors I met along this journey who inspired me to write.
When did you decide that you wanted to publish your first story?
I’m not sure I have an answer to this. I knew from the moment my fingers tapped against the keys of my laptop that I would publish my stories one day.
Describe your writing space.
My writing space varies. The most common space would be my bedroom. I have a big comfy recliner next to my window. It’s the cleanest space in my house because my kids don’t mess it up. Less clutter (not talking books here, don’t be ridiculous) lets my mind focus on the story. If I’m not writing in my bedroom, I’m writing out on my back deck as my kids swim.
How do you do research for your books?
Sporadically and as necessary.
What motivates you to keep writing?
The many other untold stories that continuously pop into my mind. As I write this now, I have another 3 series sitting in my brain just waiting for me to have the time to put them to paper. I imagine once I finish one, another 2 will pop up. It’s one of those one-step forward and two-steps backward things. Except, when you’re talking about stories, are there ever any steps backward?
Writing can be emotionally draining and sometimes stressful- particularly when stepping into the publishing realm of things. Any tips to share for the aspiring writers out there?
Don’t get discouraged by the mountain in front of you. No one defeats it all at once. It’s by taking individual steps that you’ll find yourself at the top. Begin with a story. Write it. Love it. Rewrite it. Edit it. There will be no moving forward until you have that story, and often aspiring writers get so hung up on the mountain of publishing, that they get stopped before finishing the step of writing.
Tell me about the books you write.
I write supernatural/paranormal fantasy. I typically stick to light, tender, and innocent romance in those stories. My focus is never the romance. There is an entire genre full of the smutty stuff, so that’s not my cup of tea. I focus on plot and adventure. It is my intention to write fast paced, edge-of-your-seat, page turner plots that are hard to put down. I like to torment my characters, break them down before I build them up. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with my past, but I’ve definitely experienced breaking down and rising above and I’m stronger for it. I believe my characters grow with every turn of the page. Each of my books contains a full story, but I typically include cliffhangers at the end of serials. I grew up on them, so I use them. Love it or hate it, but that’s my writing.
How many books have you written so far? Are you in any anthologies? Which book has been your favorite to write? If you have a one that is. 🙂
I’ve written eight books so far. Three of them are set to publish later this year. Several are under another name but will be rebranded and moved to this name shortly. I’ve been in one anthology so far, and I’ll be in another in March 2021. As for my favourite book to write, that would have to be any one of my upcoming banshee books. They were a scream to write. (Yeah, I’m punny, aren’t I?)
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? Why are they your favorite? Are they the main character? Tell us about them.
Out of all of my characters, Harper O’Dea is my favourite. She’s my latest, and that probably has something to do with it. If you ask me next year, I’m sure my answer will be Blaire Stevens. And if you don’t know who that is…stay tuned.
Tell us about your latest writing project
My banshee trilogy, with a bonus fourth book. I watched a favourite series of mine, Teen Wolf, and one of my favourite characters in that series is Lydia Martin, the banshee. I realized then how under written they were and began thinking on it. A few days later, Harper’s story began to bloom and grow. Harper is a seventeen year old girl who faces unimaginable tragedy that sets her world spinning. She’s paired with a dynamic cast of characters who aren’t all that they seem, but throughout the series, they become her greatest allies in the fight against the darkness.
Let’s get to know a bit more about you. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m a gamer. Xbox One for the win. (Totally better than a Playstation!) My games of choice are typically RPGs. Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Assassins Creed. Swimming, reading, bingeing Netflix. I don’t end up playing often though, because I find writing fun and want to do it most of the time.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Empath, fierce, and loyal. I can’t think of three better words that sum me up than those.
If it were possible to have your favorite season all year long what season would it be?
Why did you choose that particular season?
I hate the snow. I know, I know. I’m the worst Canadian ever. If it were possible, I’d totally hibernate all winter long. Without a doubt.
What songs/ music are on your playlist?
That’s an embarrassing question. Hardly anything new. I like uplifting fight back songs, like This is my Fight Song and Set Fire to the Rain. I’m not much for music. I’m mostly books and Netflix these days.
What is your favorite food?
Tacos is the only right answer to this question.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I don’t have one favourite. I have many. Suzanne Collins, Stephanie Garber, and Sarah J Maas.
What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. It’s the second book in a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and BatB was one of my favourite fairytales from my childhood.
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you?
They don’t know about the hardships I faced to get to where I am today. Sometimes you have to break into a million pieces before you can rise into the person you are meant to be.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we head on out?
To everyone who uses reading as an escape from something, I want them to know that there is a way out of the darkness. You just have to be willing to fight for it. Maybe that’s the true power of my upcoming series and I just never realized it until just now. Either way, if you can’t fight it alone, reach out. There will always be someone willing to hear your plight and give you the support to lighten the weight pressing into your shoulders. Never give up. Just keep taking those steps. Conquer your dreams. Fight for your light. And take back your power. Thank you for having me. Lexi Swann
Lexxy’s final thoughts/ words:
Thank you Lexi! I am right there with you on the taco business, Netflix, and books too! THANK YOU for sharing your writerly wisdom and journey with us today. It was an honor to have you on the blog.
Creators, I hope you enjoyed meeting Lexi. Check out her newsletter and other social media. You do not want to miss out on her new trilogy coming out soon.
See my review here on this post: https://authorlexxyvorpahl.com/2020/08/01/book-review-dawn-of-a-banshee/