Monday, October 26, 2020

Alexandrea Weis Interview - Sisters of the Moon


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Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

        


Paperback: 250 pages
ISBN-10: 1645480550
ISBN-13: 978-1645480556
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (September 22, 2020)
Language: English

Praise for SISTERS OF THE MOON

"Alexandrea Weis does an outstanding job of painting succinct, hard-hitting scenes that carry Durra from a new role in a convent to a more active position confronting supernatural forces and long-hidden truths that could change not just her life, but the world. Sisters of the Moon represents a fine example of the use of the novella form at its best. It creates a superior blend of action, mystery, and evolving protagonist dilemmas and growth that will keep readers on their toes and involved up to the story's epilogue of unexpected lessons in survival and achievement. Highly recommended for those who like their supernatural mystery stories to embrace a sense of character growth where the fine line between good and evil proves more mercurial than most." —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"While a horror story on the surface, Sisters of the Moon is more than a simple tale of three young women sold to satisfy the debts of others who uncover a dark secret. It's more than just a fresh take on the werewolf mythos or another banal story about the age-old battle between good and evil. Stunning in its imagery and richly detailed, Weis's Sisters of the Moon blends history and religion into a tale of sisterhood and empowerment as delightfully slow-burning as it is sinister, smart, and not at all shy about probing the status quo of the treatment of women who challenge patriarchal systems--and who fight to defend what is right. Sisters of the Moon is the kind of supernatural gothic horror women readers in the genre have been waiting for." —Seven Jane, The Nerd Daily
  


Greatest thing you learned at school. 
Research. How to do it in everything you study and how important it is. That has carried over to writing for me. 

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill? 
At the age of eight, I got inspired by writing. The emotion I could describe on the page stuck with me. I knew my passion would be writing, and all through high school, everyone kept telling me I was a writer. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Holding a new book in your hands. It never gets old no matter how many you have published.
What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us? I have a Christmas paranormal Romance coming out October 27 called The Christmas Spirit with Rosewind Books. It follows a woman’s search for love with the help of a ghost, a witch, and a finicky black cat. Coming in February 2021 from Vesuvian Books, the second book in the St. Benedict Series, A River of Secrets releases. It will pick up where Death by the River left off. I will also be releasing The Chimera Effect, a grounded sci-fi thriller, Have You Seen Me, an YA thriller set in a prep school in Southeastern Louisiana, and the follow up novella to Sister of the Moon with Vesuvian Books. Brothers of the Moon will be out for fall of 2021.

Tell the community a little about the novel? 
The novella is about three forgotten young women who find themselves sold to nuns at a creepy and isolated convent. The sisters care for a large population of cats and follow a little-known saint. But they hide a secret one of the young women is determined to uncover. Once the truth is unraveled, the young women will have to make a life-changing choice about which side they want to embrace—good or evil.

Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from SISTERS OF THE MOON
“A shudder went through her. Evil—the cold, negative, skin-curdling vibration—passed through her hand. It was everywhere on this island.”

TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT SISTERS OF THE MOON
  • 1. It is set in Medieval Bavaria.
  • 2. It is set in a convent that used to house a fort.
  • 3. There are a lot of cats in the story.
  • 4. It is also a tale about the empowerment of women. How when they come together, they are a force to be reckoned with.
  • 5. It is set in Lake Obersee, a real lake in Bavaria, on Die W├Ąchter Island.
  • 6. A lot of research went into the architecture of convents and buildings at the time, along with the food and clothes worn by nuns.
  • 7. There is a new lore created about the werewolf legend with religious historical context added.
  • 8. The nuns have a weird diet inside the convent.
  • 9. St. Gertrude, who is the patron saint of the convent, is a real saint. She was a very smart prioress of a large abbey who collected religious relics and books from travelers. Her collection was taken over by the church after her death.
  • 10. Sisters of the Moon and the novella to follow, Brothers of The Moon, are prequels to the coming novel, Son of the Moon.
MEET THE CHARACTERS
Durra is a Moor and a slave brought to convent to pay the taxes owed by her master. Leida is a farmer’s daughter, betrayed by her family, and sold for taxes. The most innocent of the three girls, she is also the most experienced with animals such as wolves. Emily is the toughest of the trio, and the most stubborn. It is because of her rash decisions that the girls discover more than they thought possible about the nuns at St. Gertrude’s convent.

Your Journey to Publication
My journey is no different from most authors. I worked hard, wrote a lot of self-pub books, got some awards, and eventually found an agent. That is when things changed for me, and my writing world expanded. The journey never ends and every year the demands and the stories change.

Writing Behind the Scenes
I don’t have a process. I just write, every day for eight to ten hours, taking a few breaks in between. I don’t do anything special, and the amount of research needed is determined by the story.

What is the first job you have had? 
I worked on movie sets when I was young with my father. He had an independent production company.

Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew? 
As a nurse, it was part of the job description, so yes, more times than I can remember.

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? 
My next book, or the book I am currently writing.

If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why? 
Hephaestion, general to Alexander the Great. He was a dear friend and had the ear of Alexander, which I feel makes him a compelling man, and he knew a great deal about a famous figure history admires.


A monstrous fate will turn a girl into a legend.

On an island in Lake Obersee, where The Sisters of St. Gertrude abide, a destitute Moor named Durra arrives. Sold for taxes, she and her two companions tend to the nuns and their collection of cats. At night, she combs the library for details on the order, the remote island, and the beasts howling outside her window.

But when a prank reveals the sisters’ gruesome secret, Durra is forced to accept a new fate. Bestowed an unearthly power, she must choose between life as a nun or living among the monsters beyond the convent walls.

Her path is about to change the tide in the ultimate war. The war between good and evil. 

You can purchase Sisters of the Moon at the following links below
 

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you CHELSEA SEDOTI for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive the SISTERS OF THE MOON Storytellers BOX (Grim Reader Collection).
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