Alexa Whitewolf is a dog-loving, caffeine-addicted, all-around traveling enthusiast. Author of three series of fantasy, paranormal and young adult, she spends her nights dreaming up new stories and her days fighting reality. She lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and two mischievous furballs - Zeus and Achilles. Through her imprint, Luna Imprints, Alexa also offers author services such as beta readings, formatting for ebooks/ paperbacks, book trailers and more. Connect with her on:
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1. Anyone following you on social media knows your two furballs – Achilles and Zeus. Can you tell us more about your canine pals and how you manage writing with two huge puppies sitting in your lap?
My furballs make my life soooo worth living! They’re an integral part of my daily routine, and I don’t know what I would do without them! Zeus is a black lab, and he’s turning 12 this year, and Achilles is a Siberian Husky that’ll be turning 8. Gone are their days of chewing up my favorite slippers and couch. But they’re still little rascals, highly intelligent. Which means that when I write, they always get super creative to get my attention. Achilles LOVES cuddles, and Zeus adores sleeping in the weirdest of places. So I’m always tripping over or the other. But, on the other hand, they also watch out for me. Because I suffer from chronic migraines, they’ve gotten really good at spotting them coming on and they’ll start being more demanding and nudging my laptop/tablet/phone/notebook away in order to force me to take a break. It’s hilarious, but also adorable. So when I have uninterrupted writing time, I’m always mindful of their cues. Plus, truth be told, they both provide me with so much inspiration, I don’t know how I’d be able to get in my wolves’ heads without them. I could talk for days about them, haha, but let me stop by saying they’re simply amazing!
2. Your series take readers on epic journeys packed with Ancient Egyptian lore (The Sage’s Legacy), Arthurian fairytales (The Avalon Chronicles) and Romanian mythology (Moonlight Rogues). What’s your biggest, most fundamental inspiration in life?
I would have to say human weakness. There’s an old saying (I forget by whom) that where there is darkness, there is light. For me, seeing that light is a challenge. My own upbringing and life experiences have led me to see a lot of the darker side (and more idiotic side) of humanity. It’s part of why I feel so much more connected to animals and nature, in a way. But it’s those same aspects of human nature that I despise that are also my biggest inspiration. Inspiration to write, to shed light on those dark things, but also inspiration to be better, and to make a change, to leave something better behind for when I’m no longer here. It’s also all my heroes/heroines end up constantly faced with challenges that test them, and sometimes push them into that brink of darkness. Myths and legends hold some truths that, in today’s society, we have long forgotten. That’s what I try to bring back to light : )
3. What do you read when you’re not writing?
James Rollins. I’m a bit obsessed with his books, as I devour them in mere hours. I also tend to read paranormal romances and thrillers, but mainly I stick to the thriller side. I also read betas, so it all keeps me busy!
4. How do you sort the titles in your personal library?
Over the years, I’ve tried different ways. Eventually I settled on “per author”, but alphabetically. It makes easier for me to find titles I love when I’m in the mood for a particular author.
5. You spent an entire year without Internet on purpose and you explain all of the benefits in your blog. What was the one thing you missed the most in the beginning?
Not social media. It was such a relief, in a way, I kinda miss that time!! But what I missed the most in the beginning was being able to find answers to questions fast. Aka, Google. When you’re writing about X legend/ myth/ pantheon and you need an answer fast? I didn’t have that. So I went old school and became a regular at my local library. So much so, that when I started researching material for my two thrillers, they didn’t even bat an eyelash at the odd books I’d been borrowing! If there’s one thing I learned, is that everything we think we cannot live without because of the quick access internet gives us.... turns out, we CAN live without it. It was a very humbling experience.
6. You’re a Gryffindor. Did you get sorted into Gryffindor from the first try on Pottermore?
I did. I probably would have complained if I hadn’t haha but it was nice seeing Pottermore admit me as a Gryffindor. Although I’ve had a few other quizzes about this since and I seem to get a half/half answer, as in I’m half Gryffindor and half Slytherin. I blame that on my Capricorn ambitiousness and personality!
7. Authors are all about painting sceneries and setting up the mood through the power of words. If you had to limit yourself to a single word in the English language to describe yourself, which one would it be?
Oh wow, talk about a hard question. One single word??? I’d have to say stubborn. Some people call it a quality, others not. It’s been both for me, but it’s also what makes me keep going no matter how many times I fall down. So yep, stubborn!
8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
NIGHT OWL! I loathe waking up early. My ideal start time for my day job would be anything after 12 PM. Of course, I don’t get my way. But I love the night, the quiet, and writing under a full moon #NightOwlForever! Plus, if I have wine in the middle of the night while writing I don’t feel as bad as if I do it first thing in the morning while writing.
9. You openly admit to being a caffeine addict. How do you take your coffee?
Milk and sugar for the most part. Lately I’ve started adding cinnamon and I love it! But if I’m out and about, I’ll always go for an espresso packed with sugar.
Hi, I'm Amy. That weird author with all the necromancers. I'm addicted to caffeine, board games, mythology tales and my Korg keyboards. Oh, yeah, and I occasionally happen to write stories.