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Interview with author Alexa Rudolph
Please tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired the themes in your story?
My series has two books. With Love, Ella and Daniel Ever After. They should be read one after the other because it continues. With Love, Ella is about the relationship and journey of Ella and Daniel. They are finally ready to get engaged and end up finding out devastating news. We go on their journey with them and see if they end up making it down the aisle. Daniel, Ever After is solely based on Daniel and how he copes with life. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin anything. I am big romance person and a lot of the books I have read as well as people I know inspired my writing.
With Love, Ella: Purchase: Amazon
Ella Chambers was a top event planner in New York, about to marry the man of her dreams. Daniel Collins was the quarterback for the Giants, on his way to winning his first ever Super Bowl. Life couldn’t get any better when they both said those three words to each other and planned to spend the rest of their lives together.
Until one perfect day came crashing down around them when they hear the three words no one wants to hear: You have cancer.
Now instead of dresses, flowers, and invitations, they’re dealing with doctors appointments, tests, and tears. Their love and strength will be tested and tortured, but they’ll fight with everything they’ve got to make it through.
Daniel, Ever After: Purchase: Amazon
Daniel and Molly are both lost in their own worlds. They recently lost the most important people in their lives. They are connected in so many ways but are complete strangers. They are barely hanging on, but a drunken encounter sends them over the edge of despair. Can they bring each other out of their misery, or will they continue to push each other away until it’s too late? Find out in the sequel to With Love, Ella, titled Daniel, Ever After.
Do you outline before you write? or just dive right in?
I am huge outlining person. I typically outline my characters and how each chapter will go. Iit mostly to help me stay focused and not get writers block. As I write things come up and I change It as I am working.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
It’s hard for me to say my favorite author because I read so much and by so many authors that ii can’t choose one. I am currently reading a book series by C.M Munich that I found on Amazon. The authors that inspired my writing would be Nicholas Sparks and John Greene.
If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
I would say the Hamptons in both With Love, Ella and Daniel, Ever After. I have always wanted to go there for a little while.
Who are your celebrity inspirations? If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
My all-time favorite actor is Zac Efron. I have loved him since the first High School Musical in 2006. I would love to play Daniel. I also like Alex Pettyfer. For Ella I picture Alexandra Daddario and Jessica Lowndes.
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
I have loved the name Ella for a long time. I typically look up baby names to see which ones pop out at me or if there is a name from a tv show/movie that I love.
Name one item you can’t live without.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love to blog, podcast, read and travel
If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
I think the 80s I love disco music and hearing my parents stories seems like it would be a cool time to see.
What’s next for you?
I am currently the host of With Love, Alexa podcast on invisible illness, mental health and being positive. I have been blogging on similar topics and speaking. Hopefully another book or two.
Daniel and Ella were waiting for their drinks when Marissa came up to them. They both inwardly groaned not wanting to deal with her and her drama that always seemed to follow. “Hello Ella, Hello Daniel,” Marissa said in her fake high-pitched voice. “Hello, Marissa. Enjoying the evening?” Daniel asked. “Yeah, it’s been fine. So, Daniel are you excited for the upcoming season?” “Yes, it will be great to get back into the routine. I have a good feeling about it.” “That’s great. Well, I can’t wait to come watch practice in a few weeks. I know you will do amazing.” “Practices are actually closed for family only, but you can always buy season tickets to watch the team,” Ella explained, trying to be as nice as possible, but getting annoyed. “Oh, I know, my cousin is the second string quarterback and was able to get me into a practice. It’ll be great.” Marissa said while putting her arm around Daniel. “Oh well, that’s nice. Daniel, I love this song. Let’s go dance,” Ella said, holding his hand.
“Sounds great babe.”
“Bye Marissa,” they said, walking away with their drinks in hand. Marissa just stood there glaring at Ella. What did she have that Marissa didn’t?
Ella and Daniel had been dancing for hours with their friends and family, having a great time. Ella really had to go to the bathroom so she dragged a giggling Julia, Daniel’s sister, with her to the bathroom. Marissa and her friend saw them go in so they decided to follow. She couldn’t let Ella get away with humiliating her in front of Daniel.