Interview with Alexis Fleming, Author of Framed and Hung

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Alexis! Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Alexis Fleming] Passionate, quirky, irreverent, stubborn, focused

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Framed and Hung?

[Alexis Fleming] This is a fun story about two people who both like to be the one in control, in bed and out. Throw in a matchmaking mama and a ghost who likes to goose women and it makes for a lot of fireworks.

Here’s the blurb for it.

Job satisfaction has never been this good…

If there’s one thing Zoe Chandler, Historical Restorations expert, knows, it’s that naked bankers aren’t supposed to look like Greek Gods. Honestly, it’s enough to make any woman pause. Luckily, Zoe is more of a take charge, rush in where angels fear to tread kind of girl, and she definitely has fantasies of rushing towards Jake. But Jake is a man who is all about control, and there’s no way he’s going to let Zoe run this show.  

Nude paintings, blackmail, and mind-numbing sexual frustration…will either of them survive this project?

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Can you share your favorite scene?

[Alexis Fleming] I love the spa scene which happens right at the beginning of the book. The last thing Zoe expects to find when she takes on a new job of restoring a heritage-listed inn is the very upright banker Jake, naked as the day he was born. My sassy-mouthed heroine can’t help but comment and Jake is totally thrown for a loop. Jake quickly loses control of the situation and is not certain of anything…except for the fact that the delightful Zoe pushes his buttons.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?

[Alexis Fleming] There wasn’t actually anything that gave me a problem. I enjoy every story I write, but this one was a real joy. The characters spoke so strongly to me, so they dictated and I just wrote it down.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Alexis Fleming] Hmm, probably a good book. I ruin a lot of handbags because I always have books stuffed in them. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Alexis Fleming] My desk is pristine right now, a place for everything and everything in its place…NOT! Lol I wish!

Actually, one thing that takes pride of place on my desk is a little black dink-bat given to me by a member of a writing group I belong to called the Bat Cave. He sits in a basket on top of the consol and stares down at me while I’m working. I also have a new addition. A tall fluted and stemmed glass with the Samhain Publishing logo on the side that I brought back from the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans this year.

Oh, and I have a crystal dish of polished amethysts. I love the feel of them and will often roll them around in my palm when I’m sitting here thinking about my latest story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s your favorite snack when you’re working on a deadline?

[Alexis Fleming] Chocolate, of course. Doesn’t every writer love chocolate? And if I’m working at the tail end of the day, cheese and crackers and a glass of mellow red will do the trick, too.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Alexis Fleming] I’d love to be Kathryn Falk for a day, although that woman works like a Trojan. Kathryn is the founder and CEO of Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine. I love this woman. She’s so dynamic, so full of energy and vitality, one of the most incredibly interesting women I’ve ever met. I wouldn’t mind borrowing some of that energy for a day.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week.  Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?

[Alexis Fleming] If you’d asked me that when my kids were small, I’d have chosen to be Super-Mom, with a wasp-thin waist and perky boobs, of course. And never a hair out of place, make-up artfully applied, right down to the false eyelashes, with the power to move mountains, do housework with the flick of a finger, read my kids’ minds when they tell me they’re at college and I know they’ve cut class to go out with the latest hottie(mwhahahaha).

As for now, hmm, have to give that one some more thought. Would I like the ability to read men’s minds? Nah, maybe not. So much more fun in the discovery rather than always knowing what he’s thinking.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Alexis Fleming] For a start, I always enjoy whichever book I’m writing. If I don’t enjoy it, how can I expect a reader to find enjoyment in the story?

Other books? Hmm, I’m a pretty voracious reader and read across a lot of genres, but at the moment I’ve devouring the Shelly Laurenston books. I do love me a shifter. I’ve also just finished reading Stephanie Laurens’ “And Then She Fell.”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Alexis Fleming] You can send me a message through the contact page on my website. http://www.alexisfleming.net

Or catch me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alexisfleming or on Twitter http://twitter.com/Alexis_Fleming

If there’s one thing Zoe Chandler, Historical Restorations expert, knows, it’s that naked bankers aren’t supposed to look like Greek gods. Honestly, it’s enough to make any woman pause. Luckily, Zoe is more of a take-charge, rush-in-where-angels-fear-to-tread kind of girl, and she definitely has fantasies of rushing towards Jake. But Jake is a man who is all about control, and there’s no way he’s going to let Zoe run this show.

Nude paintings, blackmail, and mind-numbing sexual frustration…will either of them survive this project?