Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Back Johnnie Alexander
Linda: Thanks for stopping by. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Match You Like Crazy which is part of the Resort to Romance series. What was your inspiration for that and how did the opportunity come along?
Johnnie: Authors Jill Kemerer and Jessica Patch came up with the premise for this delightful series. I didn’t hesitate a second when they asked me to join the group. All the titles needed to have the word match in them so that was my starting point. My mom, who died a few years ago, and her oldest grandson used to say to each other, “I miss you like crazy.” That was the inspiration for my title, Match You Like Crazy. The story idea flowed from there!
LM: You’ve done a lot of traveling. What has been your favorite trip thus far? And is there one special place you want to make sure you visit?
Johnnie: Two years ago, my sister and I landed in Barcelona, Spain with Eurail passes and a vague itinerary. For the next few days, we traveled by train from one European city to the next before flying to Lisbon where we stayed in a Home Away apartment for a week. We saw the ruins of a Roman coliseum in Nimes, ate lunch at sidewalk cafés in Milan and Madrid, bought chocolate in Switzerland, and just had a great time.
We’re hoping to go to Vancouver in a year or so. I’ve never seen the Pacific.
LM: You’ve written historical and contemporary fiction. Do you prefer one genre over the other?
Johnnie: I always feel a bit like a mom with a favorite child answering this question. I mostly write contemporaries—and I love writing them—but my heart is with historicals. The World War II era is my favorite.
LM: Do you have a set routine to prepare for writing (e.g. listening to music, etc.) and is there a time of day you are more productive?
Johnnie: Usually I spend the morning taking care of emails, social media engagement, and my to-do list. But after lunch it’s just me and whatever world I’m inhabiting at the time. (Currently that’s eastern Tennessee in 1944.)
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LM: If your story was going to be made into a movie, who would you like to see play the main characters?
Johnnie: The main characters are based on and named for my son and his lovely girlfriend—Nate and Bre. Could they be in the movie?!?! One of the supporting characters is a Chris Pratt lookalike.
LM: What is one thing you’d like to learn how to do?
Johnnie: I’d like to learn how to write a screenplay. And play an Irish whistle.
LM: Here are some quickies:
Favorite Season: Spring
Favorite childhood book: The Secret Garden
Favorite Bible verse: “Truly the light is sweet and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7).
LM: Can you tell us what writing projects are on your plate right now?
Johnnie: I’m writing a historical novella, “Blue Moon,” for Barbour’s Hometown Heroines Collection which will be released next year. My heroine is in a Women Officers of Public Safety unit (WOOPs) who goes undercover to find a saboteur at the atomic bomb research facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during World War II.
Annie’s Fiction has contracted me to write three novels for their Inn at Magnolia Harbor series. These are light-hearted stories set in a bed-and-breakfast near Charleston, South Carolina. The first of those is drafted and the other two are outlined.
And . . . I’m very excited to be part of the Mosaic Collection, an international group of award-winning, best-selling authors writing contemporary novels in a variety of genres—romance, mystery and suspense, women’s fiction—which will be releasing once a month beginning this August.
Linda: Where can folks connect with you?
Johnnie: I mostly hang out on Facebook so please join me on my http://wwwJohnnie-Alexander.com.or . For exclusive content and the chance to win fun prizes, please subscribe to my newsletter at
They have everything in common. So why aren't they a perfect match?
Bre Fisher wishes she'd said no when her grandmother gave her a trip to Matchmaking Week, especially when Nate Hunter takes the seat beside her on the puddle-jumper to Joy Island. He's the last person she expected to see.
Nate figures he might as well not go home if Bre is his match. The longstanding business rivalry between their families makes romance with a Fisher impossible.
Yet in addition to the same family expectations and obligations, Bre and Nate have the same interests-maybe even the same dream.
Will a week on Joy Island spark another feud? Or prove they're a crazy perfect match?
Pre-order (release 04/30/19): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ND4N2Q5