Alexandra Sokoloff Talks About her Latest Thriller, BLOOD MOON

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, and the Top Ten Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI thriller series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON), which has also been nominated for a Thriller Award for Best E Book Original Novel. The New York Times Book Review has called her a "daughter of Mary Shelley," and her books "Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."

As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written two non-fiction writing workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog, and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA, west and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.

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Twenty-five years have passed since a savage killer terrorized California, massacring three ordinary families before disappearing without a trace.

The haunted child who was the only surviving victim of his rampage is now wanted by the FBI for brutal crimes of her own, and Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on an interstate manhunt for her, despite his conflicted sympathies for her history and motives.

But when his search for her unearths evidence of new family slayings, the dangerous woman Roarke seeks – and wants - may be his only hope of preventing another bloodbath.

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Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Blood Moon. What was your inspiration for it?

A: The idea came to me at the San Francisco Bouchercon, always the most inspiring of the mystery conferences for me. One afternoon there were two back-to-back discussions with several of my favorite authors: Val McDermid interviewing Denise Mina, then Robert Crais interviewing Lee Child. (Can you even imagine...?)

There was a lot of priceless stuff in those two hours, but two things that really struck me from the McDermid/Mina chat were Val saying that crime fiction is the best way to explore societal issues, and Denise saying that she finds powerful inspiration in writing about what makes her angry.

Write about what makes you angry? It doesn't take me a millisecond's thought to make my list. Child sexual abuse is the top, no contest. Violence against women and children. Discrimination of any kind. Religious intolerance. War crimes. Genocide. Torture.

That anger has fueled a lot of my books and scripts over the years.

And then right after that, there was Lee Child talking about Reacher, one of my favorite fictional characters, and it got me thinking about what it would look like if a woman were doing what Reacher was doing. And that was it—instantly I had the whole story of Huntress Moon.

Q: Tell us something about your protagonist that my readers won’t be able to resist.

A: He’s torn between two women – one who will probably be fatal to him, the other who might be able to save him.

Q: How was your creative process like during the writing of this book and how long did it take you to complete it? Did you face any bumps along the way?

A: My usual creative process is to outline extensively using the story structure method I actually teach all over the country and in my Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks - yes, I do take my own writing advice! The Huntress series is heavy on the forensics, so I also did quite a bit of research, including attending Lee Lofland’s fantastic Writers Police Academy to get some hands-on forensics training and police procedure, and a local police citizens’ academy as well. Blood Moon took about eight months to write. The real bump along the way was that I was prepping my house to sell it, and I did sell it during that time. I’m sure a lot of people will know what I mean when I say that was brutal! I’m hoping that book three in the series won’t take quite as long, since there’s no house-selling going on this time…

Q: How do you keep your narrative exciting throughout the creation of a novel?

A: I write in layers, so I’m not necessarily concerned with exciting narrative for the first few drafts. The first draft is to block out the story from beginning to end, to see how it works. Then I have to pull that draft into line. Then I start working on things like narrative and suspense and emotional tension until the book takes off with its own energy and ultimately people can’t turn the pages fast enough. Or so I’m told!

Q: What is your writing schedule like and how do you balance it with your other work and family time?

A: I’m a full-time writer so it’s my full-time work. I start by seven or eight a.m. and write for seven or eight hours a day, much more if I’m on an intense deadline. Some of those hours are business, of course. But I treat it like a job because it IS my job. One thing that is not like a regular job is that I change clothes a lot during the day. Some days I am quite dressed up. I need to entertain myself some way other than eating! As for the balance part, luckily my significant other is also a full-time novelist so long hours are understood. And rewarded…

Q: How do you define success?

A: Loving your work, loving the people around you, loving your environment, using your talent to make other people’s lives better in some way.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers whose spouses or partners don’t support their dreams of becoming an author?

A: Leave them. Who stays with someone like that? Unless you don’t really want to be an author. In which case, they’re on to you. Seriously, what is love if it’s not about supporting your partner’s dreams?

Q: Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

A: Maybe I’ve given too much advice as it is. But you asked! Thanks so much for having me.

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