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What does it mean to you to be called an author?
It means using my imagination to entertain and to meet people from across the world who read my books. Finding like minds and those who share my love of storytelling and unique characters. You may learn about how to write, edit, or the necessities of putting a book together, but what you write comes from within, and that is the greatest gift of all.
Which book are we talking about today?
This is the first book in the St. Benedict Series called River of Ashes. Book 2, River of Wrath, will be releasing October 18.
Can you tell us a bit about the story and its main characters?
The story begins with the heir apparent of the Devereaux family, Beau Devereaux. He is the golden boy of the town of St. Benedict and the only child of the patriarch, Gage Devereaux. It’s about his obsession with a girl he can’t have and his decline into madness along with the people he takes with him. Some survive and some do not. The first book introduces readers to the world of St. Benedict and the people who live there, as well as hints at the unraveling of a wealthy, Southern family. It is also a cautionary tale about how Mr. Right may not appear to be what he seems.
Tell us about a favorite character from the book.
My favorite character would have to be Gage Devereaux. He is a man walking a tightrope, trying to hold up his family honor, maintain the small town he oversees, run his family business, and keep up appearances. He is troubled, determined, and such an intense character. I find him fascinating.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I credit my co-writer, Lucas Astor, with most of the names. Devereaux I added because it’s so common where I live in Southeast Louisiana. I wanted the family who will be behind so much that happens in St. Benedict to have a name readily associated with the area.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
I don’t think it is something I always wanted, but more something I always knew I would do. From the age of eight, I found the ability of words to move people, inspire, and challenge inspiring. It was in the back of my head for a long time to be a writer. It wasn’t until I achieved my goal as a nurse that I went back to pursuing my interest in words.
What made you say to yourself, “Today, I will publish.”?
I never started out saying that. I wrote several books sitting on the sofa in my living room before publishing anything. It was my husband who said, “You have a lot of books, and you need to publish them.” So, you can blame him for my career.
What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
Your first book will look nothing like your tenth or thirtieth book. So don’t think this is your style. Everything you do as a writer will change based on the editors you work with and the other writers you get to know. It is comforting that a writer’s style is constantly evolving, but when you are starting, you don’t see that. You must always keep an open mind and be willing to learn from everyone you meet. Every bad review, every editor that rips your manuscript apart, and unhappy reader will make you a better writer. You just can’t give up. Ever!
What are you working on in the near future?
I have book two in the St. Benedict Series, River of Wrath, coming in October, and book three, River of Ghosts, is coming out Summer 2023. My manager will be shopping my next horror/thriller, Murder Race, to publishers soon.
Do you have any quirky writing rituals?
A lot of sticky notes, chocolate, Twizzlers, and water. And a few furry people laying around my feet.
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters?
The plot comes first. The characters develop as I write the story. I have to flesh them out as I go along.
How do you interact with your readers?
I love meeting readers at signing events. My favorite is always hearing from people through social media or via email on my website. I always welcome readers to contact me. I love hearing from them.
Which of your books would you recommend to readers who haven’t read your work?
River of Ashes would be a great start. It has all the elements of a Southern Gothic read with supernatural elements that are a must for me. Having been raised in the French Quarter, ghosts are normal and always find their way into my books. It would give anyone a taste of the characters I write and the world I love to work in.
What is your all time favorite book or author?
My all-time favorite is a series of books–The James Bond series by Ian Fleming. They are not the movies, but are detailed character studies of a man fighting all the odds. The attention to detail Fleming gave Bond made him so real. How Fleming developed his character always stuck with me.
What do you look for in a story as a reader?
Something fast-paced that keeps me on the edge of my seat with in-depth characters I want to cheer on or love to hate. Characters are the story for me. If I’m not invested in them, I lose interest.
Aside from writing or reading, what are your hobbies or interests?
I am a wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, so animals are my biggest love and take up much of my time when not writing.
If you could have lunch with 3 authors (past or present) who would they be?
I would love to sit down to lunch with Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ernest Hemingway. We would talk about how they developed their characters and stories, delve into their creative processes, and of course, drink.
What would your dream library look like?
Lots of rolling ladders with books to the ceiling, a large fireplace, red leather chairs, stained glass windows, and not a soul in sight.
If you had your own talk show, what would the topic be, who would be your first guest(s)?
Wildlife Conservation and I would love to have Jane Goodall.
Name three fun facts about you or your work.
*Tennessee Williams was a family friend and gave me writing advice.
*I grew up in a haunted cottage in the French Quarter, next door to a hoodoo priestess.
*I went trick-or-treating with Roger Moore’s daughter when my father worked on Live and Let Die.
Which book would you use to open a secret room?
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe.
If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
Compete in showjumping in the Olympics. Show jumping was something I grew up doing, and I always wanted to compete internationally.
by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
August 1-31, 2022
Virtual Book Tour
*Apple’s Most Anticipated Books for Summer in Mysteries & Thrillers*
SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET. SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.
Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river. And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux. The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch. He is also a psychopath.
A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize. As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux. And that someone will pay with their life.
RIVER OF ASHES IS A SOUTHERN GOTHIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS IN THE VEIN OF V.C. ANDREWS WITH ELEMENTS OF SHARP OBJECTS BY GILLIAN FLYNN AND YOU BY CAROLINE KEPNES. RIVER OF ASHES ADDRESSES SOCIAL ISSUES INCLUDING SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND BULLYING.
Praise for River of Ashes:
“River of Ashes offers an inside look into the mind of a psychopath—a cautionary tale that the scariest monsters are the ones you know but never suspect.”
Pearry Teo, PhD; Award-Winning Director of The Assent, Executive Producer of Cloud Atlas
“A psychological portrait akin to Lord of the Flies.”
Midwest Book Review
“If Gillian Flynn and Bret Easton Ellis had a book baby, it would be River of Ashes.”
Genre: Southern Gothic / Psychological Thriller / Coming-of-Age
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: August 2nd 2022
Number of Pages: 284
ISBN: 1645480984 (ISBN13: 9781645480983)
Series: St. Benedict #1
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | IndieBound
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Read an excerpt:
Meet Our Authors:
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is an IPPY Award-Winning author, advanced practice registered nurse, and wildlife rehabber who was born and raised in the French Quarter. She has taught at major universities and worked with victims of sexual assault, abuse, and mental illness in a clinical setting at many New Orleans area hospitals. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization and Horror Writers Association. The Strand Magazine said, “Alexandrea Weis is one of the most talented authors around, and in a short time her novels are destined to stand along with authors such as Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jeffery Deaver.”
Catch Up With Alexandrea Weis:
BookBub – @AlexandreaWeis
Instagram – @AlexandreaWeis
Twitter – @AlexandreaWeis
Facebook – @AuthorAlexandreaWeis
Author Lucas Astor is an award-winning author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but next door behind a smiling face. Astor currently lives outside of Nashville, TN.
Catch Up With Lucas Astor:
Instagram – @lucasastorauthor
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