Tell us a bit about yourself and what led you to write Love in Rewind.
So here goes a little bit about me: my name is Tali Alexander; I'm 35 years old. I have been married for 15 years. I have 3 kids and Shih Tzu. I am a Doctor of Pharmacy by education, but an author at heart. I wrote and published my first novel Love in Rewind in May of 2014. I started writing by accident, it was just a way to express some emotions and elicit a reaction from my husband. However, after writing 100,000 words, I figured out that I had a novel on my hands.
Let me tell you about the day I started to write Love in Rewind. I remember it was an early March morning, I was lying alone on the Cariblue beach in St. Lucia. It was secluded and quiet the only real sound was coming from the waves. I had my mini iPad in front of me. I was getting ready to start reading a new book and all of a sudden it happened. My head was inundated with images of this beautiful girl named Emily. I knew it was all in my head, but it was so vivid I had to write it down before it all evaporated. I started describing her beautiful petite body; her long cascading wavy blond hair and the sad look in her eyes. Her eyes were so intense — they were the exact color of the blue water. I was dreaming with my eyes wide open. And then boom — she was gone. I needed to know more about her, I wanted her to tell me her story, but she was gone. I spent the rest of my trip breathing life into Emily Marcus. When I wrote, she started to materialize before my very eyes. I gave her story a chance and as I wrote it evolved into a love story. When I met Emily she was already Emily Bruel; wife for ten years, mother of two. When Emily came to me, she wasn't as blissful and untroubled as she appeared on that beach in St. Lucia. She was sad, alone and lost. She needed me to write Love in Rewind in order to tell her side of the story. I hope that when you read her story you too will fall in love with her as I did on that March morning in paradise.
Love in Rewind tells the story of Emily, a 29 year old mother of two and her gorgeous husband, Louis Bruel. She should be happy — they are rich, have two beautiful children, but something's changed. Her loving husband has become distant and secretive. What's unique about your story is it is told from the perspective of Emily reflecting back on how she met Louis and how their relationship developed and then, returns us to the present day. What made you tell it from that perspective?
Rewind, is how the story came to me and how it unraveled in my mind. I think that many books tend to tell readers the story of how two people meet and fall in love at an early age, but being married I wanted to tell a story that women who are married with children, like myself, could identify and relate to it.
As soon as I read this description,
"Louis was leaning back against his car, which was parked across from my house. He was wearing a tight V-neck t-shirt that left no muscle to the imagination, and washed out, low waisted blue jeans that hung off his hips enticingly. I made my way down to his black flip-flops. I never would have guessed that a man's feet would be a turn-on for me. But clearly, anything involving Louis Bruel was becoming a turn-on for me. He was smiling at me with his arms folded across his chest, displaying his incredibly big, bulging upper arms. He removed his aviators as soon as I approached and made my heart, among other things, clench."
I had about a dozen images of Henry Cavill dancing through my head. If Love in Rewind ever got made into a film, do you think Henry would make a good Louis Bruel?
Henry Cavill would make a great Louis Bruel. He does exude that animal magnetism that is palpable. His stature, his physique and mannerism would be spot on to personify Louis Bruel.
Here’s another excerpt Tali shared with us to illustrate how she pictures Henry in her character, Louis.
"A few times during the party, I was able to catch a side view of Mr. Incredible. He had the most beautiful long, dark lashes I had ever seen on a man—or a woman, for that matter. The lashes framed and outlined his big caramel colored eyes like eyeliner.
His straight Roman nose, combined with his defined angular jaw and full lips, looked almost as if he was conceived out of my latest fantasy; which still sadly consisted of John F. Kennedy Jr. in the prominent role of my boyfriend. …
I had this indescribable need to walk over to him and run my fingers over his chiseled features, up that high forehead and into his thick mane. I had to prove to myself he really was a human and not some figment of my overactive imagination…. His hair was so thick and wavy that no amount of gel could've kept it flat. I wanted—no, I needed—to run my fingers through his hair and pull it from the moment I first saw him.”
Emily and her best friend, Sara communicate in music titles from the 80s. It's wonderful and funny and works beautifully! Where did this idea come from?
As I was writing Love in Rewind, songs just kept popping in my head and then, I said to myself ‘everything these two best friends (Emily & Sara) are trying to communicate to one another has somehow been expressed in a song written in the 80's’. I went back a few chapters and implanted these song titles as a way for Emily and Sara to converse with each other and it made me smile. I then took it a step further by hyperlinking all the songs (over 50 songs) giving the readers the ability to click each song and be redirected to my website where they can read all the lyrics and watch the YouTube music videos for all the songs mentioned.
Will we hear more from Louis and Emily? What's next on your writing agenda?
Yes, you will hear more about Emily & Louis. Love in Rewind is book one of the AUDIO FOOLS series… Book II is our other audio fool — Sara (Emily's say it like it is, no filter best friend). Book II will be Sara's love story and will pick up where Love in Rewind left off.
You have another fun project going on called Chapter One LIVE. Can you tell us where that idea came from and what stage the project is in?
Chapter One LIVE is my labor of love. Chapter One LIVE is a new social media platform for authors in the form of a YouTube channel dedicated exclusively to authors reading the 1st chapter of their books on video for their fans. Chapter One LIVE is one place where fans can come and meet and watch all their favorite authors reading their own words on video. Hopefully, it will be a place for readers to come and discover some new authors, too.
The idea for Chapter One LIVE came from the beautiful reaction I received from my fans to my own video. I recorded a 2 min clip for my readers, as a way to say thank you for all the love and support I'd been receiving. After posting that video, I got over 40 messages from fans telling me how excited they were to finally see what I looked like and how I sounded. That reaction gave me the idea to create one central place where readers can meet authors without having to leave their homes. You can be in your pajamas and meet the people behind the words that inspired and moved you.
The channel is in the process of being completed. We are very close to finally going LIVE. Right now we have 200 authors participating and a YouTube channel that has over 1600 subscribers. People are excited and we can't wait to see this project come to fruition.
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How has social media impacted the way you promote your books and interact with your readers?
Social media is incredible. I love being able to reach my readers instantaneously. I attribute all my book sales to my strong social media presence. I reached #1 in the Kindle store thanks to social media. Without Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest nobody but my family would know about my book.
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I am every woman out there that has fantasies in her head. I am a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a wife, a lover, a mother, and a friend. I happen to also be a Doctor of Pharmacy and a business owner by day, and now a writer by night. Writing and reading help me escape the scary world we live in. I hope my stories help readers experience many different emotions and ultimately, I hope I make them smile…
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Tali Alexander has generously given us three copies of her Ebook of Love in Rewind to giveaway to our followers.