Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Jolanthe Aleksander!
Jolanthe is a Marine Corps brat and proud of it. The nomadic life of the military helped develop her love of reading and books became her friend.
A dancer, Jolanthe was a member of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) team the Fury (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and appeared in several productions in the area theater’s circuit. She gave up her role of dancer/actress for her greatest role to date, that of mother to a son who reminds her every day to find joy in the simplest of things and to use her imagination.
Missing the stage, and at the prompting of some on-line friends, Jolanthe gave role-playing (rping) with an internet group a try. There she found and developed her skill as a writer.
When not working, writing, or keeping up with her son, Jolanthe can be found scouring antique shops, used bookstores, and of course, reading.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? No, though I did write for my eyes only poetry in high school and had tried my hand at writing a historical romance, though that didn’t get too far at all.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I chose a genre I loved to read the most.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? That’s hard to say. What’s strange for one person could be totally normal for another.
What are you currently working on? I am working on The Veiled Path to Destiny ~The Veil Book 2.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Characters whose story I had been waiting for years to read motivated the basic plot of the The Veil Series. I came to the conclusion their story wasn’t going to be told, so I decided to write it.
What was the hardest story for you to write? The Veiled Path to Destiny has been a labor of love.
What process do you use to plan your novels? For Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams~The Veil Book 1, I pantsed it. Pantsing wasn’t working for The Veiled Path to Destiny, so I had to switch a quarter of the way in to plotting.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Cóipeáil and Caomhnóir Why? I love their snarky banter.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Maybe 😉
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? YES! If so, how did you overcome it? I stepped away from the WIP and read or watched mindless TV.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Time Travel Historical romance Why? Because it’s a perfect platform to travel back in time to snag myself…erm…my heroine a Scottish Highland Laird. 😉
Which authors inspire you? Too many to name specifically.
What novel would you read multiple times? I’ve read the following series multiple times:
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
The Others series by Anne Bishop
The Doms of Genesis series by Jenna Jacob
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
The Vampire Huntress series by LA Banks
These are just a few of the series I love taking a swim in over and over again.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Princess Diana. I admired her grace and elegance under pressure.
What is your favorite quote? At the moment, my favorite quote is:
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Oh..well, if we can go with imaginary, I’m going to pick the Unicorn.
What is your favorite color? Cobalt Blue and Royal Purple
When you’re not writing… Unfortunately, writing is not a full-time career for me. I work as a full-time front office manager for a company that provides in-home services for people with special needs.
Catch up with Jolanthe online at:
Eclectic Bard Books: http://eclecticbardbooks.com/
Facebook Profile: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009301131785
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/JolantheAleksander/
It was great getting to know you, my friend. Join me next week when Layla Omarose will be stopping by.