Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On the Edge of Humanity by S. B. Alexander‏


For those of you who know me, you know the ‘S’ stands for Susan in S. B. Alexander. I chose to use my initials since there were a few Susan Alexander authors out there.

The one thing I like about reading a book other than the story is reading about the author. Who is he or she? And, how did they become a writer?

For me, it’s always been a passion to write a book. I love to transport myself into other worlds—ones where vampires and the fantastical exist. Where life is the playground for the impossible.

I created fantasy worlds at a young age as a way to deal with life. Yep, I had imaginary friends and talked to myself a lot. I was always creating, thinking, drawing and writing. I believe words are the key to opening the door to extraordinary places with amazing characters that tell a great story.

My life has had a colorful journey. After high school I decided to forgo college. I enrolled in a business program and graduated in ten months with a certificate that allowed me access to Cooperate America. But, somehow the idea to enter into an unknown world at nineteen-years-old was daunting. Instead, I decided if the world was my playground why not join the military, and so I joined the Navy. The four years in the military was a great foreground to learn about life and the world around me. But, as the cliché says, Life goes on.

I traded the military for college. I became a High School Math Teacher and loved it before deciding to revisit the one thing I was frightened of—Cooperate America. I’ve held many roles in the cooperate arena from sales representative to sales manager, but I never lost my passion to write.

When I’m not working my full time job, and plotting my next novel, I love to play golf with my husband, and spend time with my two dogs.

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Sixteen-year-old Jo Mason is lost in a world where traipsing from one foster home to another is normal. She hates her life, she hates school and on most days, she hates living. If it weren’t for her twin brother Sam, she might already be dead.

Her normal world shifts one hundred and eighty degrees when she discovers her own blood tastes like candy and her eyes change colors like a mood ring. On top of that, her eyesight seems to be failing when she spies an otherworldly man, sporting bloodstained canines, who is trying to strangle a cop. The developments are shrouded when Sam goes missing between Anger Management class and History class.

She’s called to the principal’s office to meet Lieutenant Webb London, a Navy SEAL who is part of a secret team of natural-born vampires. His mission is to protect the twins from an evil cartel, but he’s too late. With Jo now under his protection, his team searches for Sam.

However, finding and rescuing Sam from the evil cartel may be the easy part. Jo learns she carries a dormant vampire gene that, if activated, could save him. As her normal world fades even more, pushing her closer to the edge of humanity, Jo must decide if her human life is more important than her twin brother.

With time as her enemy, she struggles to make a life-changing decision for both her and Sam.


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I’ve read a lot of vampire books and was looking for a different twist on the vampire genre. So I asked myself what if the person sitting next to me or even me were born with a vampire gene. How would that change who you were? And if so, would you have a choice to stay human or activate that vampire gene. From that one idea it took off into the first book in the series, On the Edge of Humanity.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I had it written in six months between working my day job and writing in my free time.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Stimulating my imagination. Then letting what I’ve written stew for a day or two then revising, which to me is the fun part.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Oh my. Writing the summary for the back cover of the book. For me that has been the most challenging. Trying to summarize hundreds of pages into two paragraphs is daunting.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’ve always wanted to sing, and I love Faith Hill.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Active Dry Yeast. I’ve had it in my fridge for about two years.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have four more books in the Vampire SEAL series. The third one On the Edge of Destiny is halfway finished. In addition, I have a spinoff of the SEAL series planned for each of the Sentinels in the book. Also, I’m currently working on a new adult romance series.

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