PUYB Blog Tour: Interview with Kristin Khuns Alexandre + Win $100 Amazon Gift Card!





Today our special guest is Kristin Kuhns Alexandre, author of the new adult fiction, Gem City Gypsy!  Don't forget to enter her $100 Amazon Gift Card giveaway at end of interview!

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 About the Author:

Kristin Alexandre was raised in Dayton, Ohio where she worked as a feature columnist for The Dayton Journal Herald and the Kettering Oakwood Times. She has written two previous books: Nuncio and the Gypsy Girl in the Gilded Age a graphic novel that was featured at the 2011 NY City Comic Con; and Find a Great Guy: Now and Forever.

Alexandre was a co-founder of Earth Day 1970 and worked on staff with House Beautiful Magazine and as a contributor to Town & Country Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and The Daily News. Her celebrity luncheon series for the Chairman of Ammirati & Puris Advertising at The New York Yacht Club was acclaimed, and she has also worked as a co-host and producer of Enough Is Enough a syndicated talk show for WLIW-TV, a PBS affiliate in NYC. Alexandre has worked as a publicist for The Economic Development Association of Puerto Rico and Champion International U.S. Plywood. She is a NJ Board Member of The Humane Society of America and resides in Delray Beach, Fl. and Nantucket , Ma. with her husband DeWitt.

Her latest book is the new adult fiction, Gem City Gypsy.

You can visit Kristin’s website at:

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About the Book:


When you read “Gem City Gypsy” you must conceptualize a whole world.
Gypsies.
Socialites.
The Wright Brothers.
The KKK.
Industrialization leading to WWI.
So many vivid elements. The story is about a gypsy girl who must leap over bodies to survive the sinking Lusitania and escape murderous Germans who kill her mentor in Ireland. She later returns to her hometown, recreated as a wealthy woman trying to meld into the upper class.  Neci Star captures our imagination and heart as she claws her way out of one class and into the abyss of another.

Purchase your copy at AMAZON.

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

Twelve years ago I joined my family at the spectacular, historical Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio http://www.woodlandcemetery.org/  to bury my father. I took a walk through this wooded, verdant place and came upon a giant statute and a memorial to a gypsy named Matilda Stanley. I was stunned that I never knew there were famous “royal” gypsies in my hometown.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

I researched gypsies and famous people from the pre WW1 era very carefully.
It’s really helpful to go to the town and visit the sites.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I used a wonderful editor and she recommended the small publisher who primarily handled mysteries.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

I’ve published two other books. Each one is a singular journey.

Q: Can you describe the feeling when you saw your published book for the first time?

It’s exciting but in some ways it’s a letdown after all the anticipation.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

I’m currently writing a mystery based in the present and that is all I can reveal.

Q: Fun question: How does your book contribute to making this world a better place?

My book is a story about discovery. The central character, Neci Stans, loves animals and shows all of us how to interact with them. She is flawed but loves her family and generally makes good decisions---like we all should.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

I am trying to say that we all must find our way and that getting to the top is not always what we think it will be---once we are there. It’s the journey that is most important.
  
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

Enjoy every day and every minute and be nice and caring to animals. We
Are the top dogs but the way we treat the creatures beneath us says so much about who we are.

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