Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Bookish Conversation with Kristin Alexandre, author of 'Gem City Gypsy'


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:

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.

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

 Biking is my passion and when my husband and I are in Nantucket I bike a 17 mile “loop” around the island. That’s when I dream up characters and plot lines. I also love to fix up houses and have renovated about 30 in the process.

When did you start writing?

When I was 15 I started writing for a local newspaper in Dayton and the column was called “The Young Slant.” Later I wrote for magazines and anything else I could manage.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Writing this book—“Gem City Gypsy” was a pivotal time because I realized I could talk through my characters and maybe pass a message on.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Nantucket. It’s just a mystical, epic place with fog, history and all kinds of people.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Work on turning my novel into a movie. I’d be contacting producers and directors.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet? 

Nantucket.

Back to your present book, Gem City Gypsy, how did you publish it?

I found a person who loved the story and agreed to publish it along with her other
Suspense books.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research? 

No.

Why was writing Gem City Gypsy so important to you? 

It’s like creating a world of people—The ultimate for someone like me who loves to micromanage.

Is the book always better than the movie? No. I love movies and if the film is great the characters can change your life.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is? From real life and history.

Any final words?

Watch people; listen to people.

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