Mind you, I don’t want by any means rob the book from its merits. But OH WOW, the writers! They are the most interesting and fascinating pair EVER! Honestly, it makes me want to write a story about their story, full of mystery, and danger, and friendship.
Seriously, read my chat with one half of the mind behind the book and you’ll see.
The book is Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor (A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2), an Adult, Supernatural novel.
Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.
An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.
Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.
Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.
When I see a book written by two people, I always wonder how they make it work, how the practical organization of things goes. Alexandrea (beautiful name, by the way) and Lucas don’t even live close, which only made me wonder more. And when I asked them that, the answer opened a world of fascination with those two!
Hi, Alexandrea, and thank you for being here with me today. So, how do you and Lucas manage writing together?
Lucas and I have a unique relationship when it comes to writing together—it’s an adventure. He travels the world for his job which I cannot disclose for security reasons, so very often I get phone calls and must meet him on the spur of the moment, or the phone rings at midnight, but it is early morning where he is.
When we do meet, it is usually in dark corners of restaurants where we share sumptuous meals of Chicken Masala, Qeema, fish, and chips, or blackened redfish. And yes, my passport has a lot of stamps. But our time is spent deep in discussion about our current tale. We come together on the main character first, plotting out the details of voice and mannerisms. Then we move on to secondary characters and their interaction with the leads, which will drive the story. By the time the qahwa kahla or black Moroccan coffee arrives, we have moved on to the subject of plot. The outline is Lucas’s, but we both tweak and refine the storyline until we are happy with the results.
Writing poses a bit of a challenge when the writers are often at opposite ends of the earth, but we share a great deal on email. Lucas is a Jedi Master when it comes to balancing his work and writing time. In between his cloak-and-dagger lifestyle, he still makes time to put some words down every day. My days are not as stressful, and I devote most of them to putting the book together. I will take over the writing for the most part when Lucas is embedded somewhere and can’t contact me lest he is discovered and captured. So, on the days I fill in for him, I think as he does, and make the characters as close to his ideal as possible.
In the end, it works for us. The distance, travel, long phone conversations, and harrowing midnight rendezvous in the trunk of a car are worth it. We get the job done and are both pleased with what we have accomplished. We hope our readers are happy, too.
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Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an 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 right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, 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 award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.
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