Monday, November 28, 2016

Alexandra Sokoloff ... Not a Romance Writer?


It’s a pleasure today to welcome award-winning thriller author Alexandra Sokoloff to Thoughts in Progress to talk about her latest release, BITTER MOON, the fourth installment in her The Huntress/FBI Thriller series.

Alexandra will be talking about not being a romance writer. By the way, her series also includes: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon and Cold Moon. And now, the long awaited fourth in the series – Bitter Moon!

BITTER MOON by Alexandra Sokoloff
◊ Series: The Huntress/FBI Thriller, Book 4
◊ Paperback: 464 pages
◊ Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 1, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1503940365
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1503940369

FBI agent Matthew Roarke has been on leave, and in seclusion, since the capture of mass killer Cara Lindstrom—the victim turned avenger who preys on predators. Torn between devotion to the law and a powerful attraction to Cara and her lethal brand of justice, Roarke has retreated from both to search his soul. But Cara’s escape from custody and a police detective’s cryptic challenge soon draw him out of exile—into the California desert and deep into Cara’s past—to probe an unsolved murder that could be the key to her long and deadly career.
Following young Cara’s trail, Roarke uncovers a horrifying attack on a schoolgirl, the shocking suicide of another, and a human monster stalking Cara’s old high school. Separated by sixteen years, crossing paths in the present and past, Roarke and fourteen-year-old Cara must race to find and stop the sadistic sexual predator before more young women are brutalized.

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Alexandra as she talks about her writing. Welcome, Alexandra.

I am not a romance writer. I always say that, despite the fact that:

a)    I’ve written two books in the paranormal KEEPERS series, with romance goddess Heather Graham and Harley Jane Kozak, and –
b)    I’ve written a popular writing workbook on how to write romantic comedy and love stories: WRITING LOVE (Screenwriting Tricks for Authors, II), and -
c)     I met my own romantic partner, the Scottish noir author Craig Robertson, at the Left Coast Crime mystery convention in Colorado Springs, and one whirlwind romantic month later was living in Scotland with him. How’s that for romance?

I also have to admit, I’ve hung around the romance communities quite a lot, at RWA Nationals and Romantic Times, and often teach workshops for chapters of the Romance Writers of America.

So even though my current, Thriller Award-nominated, bestselling Huntress Moon series is very dark crime/suspense, I am well aware that one of the strongest draws of the series, if not the strongest, is the erotic/romantic tension between my haunted FBI agent, Matthew Roarke, and the brutal but compelling serial killer he’s pursuing, the Huntress.  Many of my readers “ship” the characters, hoping for a hookup even though given the circumstances, it would probably mean the death of one or the other or both.

But there’s something extra delicious about romantic longing in the midst of danger and darkness, isn’t there? I’ve always been a big fan of simmering, often unresolved erotic tension between tortured detectives — Val McDermid’s Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, and Craig Robertson’s Tony Winter and Rachel Narey, and of course Scully and Mulder, being favorite examples.

Characters in the blockbuster horror TV series The Walking Dead, to which I am hopelessly addicted! — not only hook up, get married, and have children (or at least are pouring the Bisquick intending to make pancakes…) – TWD characters are probably shipped by fans more than any other movie or TV show ever.

Roarke and the Huntress/Cara are a little different than the other pairings I’ve name above, because Roarke, as a lawman, and Cara, as a killer, are supposedly on opposite sides of the moral battle against evil. But are they really? (Anything more than that would be a spoiler for the mystery, so you’ll have to read and decide for yourself).

Personally, I look at them as two halves of the same person. Or really, of the same soul. It’s a very romantic notion, the Platonic idea that each human being is half of one complete soul that has been split apart, and we spend our lives searching for our other half. If you believe that, you can well imagine how almost violently those two halves might struggle to find and join with each other, despite all odds, obstacles, and sense. So I think of Roarke and Cara as two halves of the same soul that are magnetized to each other; they can’t help themselves, even though actually uniting could destroy them both. 

And the other part of Roarke’s and Cara’s natures is that they are fighters, and they’re fighting the same battle, by very different rules. Together they are a powerful crime fighting team, and I find that very sexy and compelling.

So, I may not be a romance writer, but — romantic? I can cop to that! -         Alexandra Sokoloff

SALE ALERT:  This month you can get the first three Huntress books on Amazon US for just $1.99 each: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, and Cold Moon.  Amazon Prime members can read Book 1, Huntress Moon, for free.
Huntress Moon:  http://hyperurl.co/xtajck
Blood Moon: hyperurl.co/sa8i03
Cold Moon:  hyperurl.co/fehyh8

Alexandra, thanks for joining us today and sharing this insight into your writing. I think a little romance goes a long way no matter the genre you’re reading (or writing). Great sale too!

Now for those who aren’t familiar with Alexandra, here’s a bit of background on her.

Author Alexandra Sokoloff
Alexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, The Unseen, Book of Shadows, The Shifters, and The Space Between; The Keepers paranormal series, and the Thriller Award-nominated, Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI Thriller series (Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon), which has been optioned for television. She has also written three non-fiction workbooks: Stealing Hollywood, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors, and Writing Love, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (www.ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA, West (the screenwriters union) and the board of the Mystery Writers of America.

Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. She lives in Los Angeles and in Scotland, with Scottish crime author Craig Robertson.

For more on Alexandra and her writing, visit her website or blog and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

You can find The Huntress/FBI Thriller series on Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by today during Alexandra’s visit. Do you think when opposites attract, they make a good pairing? Do you like the tension and romance that comes from such a couple?

9 comments:

  1. I think (I hope) that there is a little bit of romance, or romantic tension, in most relationships. Never a bad thing.
    Congratulations Alexandra - this series sounds wonderful.

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  2. Alexandra, thanks again for stopping by today. I enjoy reading stories where two unlikely people find each other attractive. Puts a little extra tension in the story. Wishing you much success.

    Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I don't think that is a relationship that would last...

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  4. Attraction is a natural part of the human experience. So it makes complete sense that it would be a part of all sorts of novels, including suspense novels, thrillers, and so on. Thanks, both, for bringing this up.

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  5. As a mystery writer, I can understand your hanging around the romance communities and cons--so many helpful people there with so many good resources! Congratulations on the new release.

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  6. That long term simmering tension is tough to create and wonderful to read!! :)

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  7. hey!!! Have you read the Dresden Books?? I really want to know your thoughts on those!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  8. I love Alex's books! I haven't read Bitter Moon as yet, but I will be soon. I can't say enough about what a terrific writer Alex is, or that her online 3-acts seminar is outstanding. Glad to see you spotlighting such a gifted author, Pamela. Have a great day.

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