It’s just a week to go until this anthology from Love Lane Books is released so I thought I would invite some of the contributing authors to answer a few questions about their work.
First up – and very welcome – is Alex Jane. Hi Alex and thanks for answering my questions.
1. Please tell me a little about your story in the anthology –
The premise of the story is that businessman, Daniel, and his assistant, Elliot, are trapped in an elevator on Valentine’s Day. Which is awkward as Daniel is more than a little in love with Elliot.
When I first saw the brief for the story, the idea of having two people trapped in some sort of room, popped into my head straight away. I think it was mostly as I wanted to keep the story intimate; concentrating on the two characters, rather than spending time on world building and a cast of thousands. Imagining the story as a two-handed ‘play’ really appealed to me. I’m also a dreadful sucker for ‘seemingly unrequited pining’, so having Daniel and Elliot be hopelessly in love with each other, but both being utterly oblivious to it, was a little Valentine’s gift to myself.
2. What’s the best Valentine’s Day gift you have given/received –
When I was a teenager, I received a genuine Valentine. It was just a simple card, signed with two small kisses…and that was it. I had no clue who it was from, and no-one ever owned up to it. I still have no clue who could have sent it, but the idea of it still fuels the hopeless romantic in me…probably more than the reality ever would have done.
3. What else are you working on? OR Have you any other recent releases you would like to tell us about? –
Right now, I’m reworking the first novel I wrote, Stumble Forward, which is a contemporary romantic drama that I’m hoping to submit to a publisher soon. I’m also writing the first draft of an Old West Shifter story; I missed NaNoWriMo last year, so I’m taking February instead to get that finished.
And once that’s done, I actually have an idea for another story featuring Daniel and Elliot. I have plans to write a novella about their further adventures in love by the summer, but you never know…it might end up being a novel by Christmas!
Wannabe novelist with an even more implausible job in real-life, Alex finally got around to writing down the stories she had spent most of her life crafting in her head, under the shadow of a significant birthday.
With only a one-eyed dog and a horrifyingly muddled music collection to help her along, her stories focus on finding love and keeping it. And if her characters have to go through Hell to get there…she’s okay with that.
Alex lives, works, and watches too much TV in Brighton, UK.
You can keep up with Alex’s progress on her website : http://www.alexjane.info/
Watch this space for more information on this appealing anthology. Buy Links and blurb to follow.