Monday, January 25, 2016

Starlight: A Falling Stars Novel -- Xio Axelrod

Welcome to author Xio Axelrod

What are you looking forward to accomplishing in 2016?

XIO: Now that I have my Indie career underway, I plan to start querying. It’s part of my grand plan to become a hybrid author. I would love to be able to bring my stories to a wider audience.
In addition to that nerve-wracking move, which includes polishing a few manuscripts, I have several releases planned this year; two novellas and two full-length novels.

Can you describe your emotions on seeing your books in the hands of your readers?

XIO: It is truly indescribable. As you know, I’m also a songwriter and vocalist. I spend a year or more writing songs and recording them. When I release an album, EP, or single, I rarely get reviews or feedback. It’s so different with my writing. Readers are very forthcoming with their opinions, good and bad, and I love it. Even if someone hates what I’ve written, I consider it a result. If I’ve triggered a strong emotion, I consider my job accomplished. (Assuming they hate it for the right reasons, of course.) And when they love it, when they tell me how many times they’ve had to read one of my books, or that they read it in one sitting and are begging for the next one, that’s just an incredible feeling for me. If I can move someone with my words, my characters, I am fulfilled as a writer. I’m always surprised by it. I hope I always will be.

What are special qualities and characteristics about your hero and heroine? Any special significance to their names? 

XIO: Starlight, which is book two in my Falling Stars Series, is the conclusion of a story that began three years ago on my blog. The concept behind Sam and Valerie’s story is one that has fascinated me for a long time. I’ve never been celebrity-obsessed, but the idea behind celebrity fascinates me, especially when it comes to love and relationships. They’re people, just like us, and they’re flawed. They make bad decisions. They do perfectly normal, human things like fall in love with the wrong people. Only, they’re under constant scrutiny. Every word, every action, is thrust under a microscope. They’re held to impossibly high standards. My Sam is a throwback to an earlier era - think Paul Newman, Robert Redford – he’s old school. Val is a daughter of the new millennium. They’re complete opposites on the surface, but only on the surface.

What's your favorite snack to go along with (feel free to name) book or movie that you look forward to reading/seeing in 2016?

XIO: I’m one of thousands of people suffering from Outlander withdrawal. (My Calum Series was inspired by the books and the Starz series.) I think the show returns in April, which is stupidly far away. When I’m writing in the Calum universe, or watching my Outlander DVDs, I usually have a cup of tea (Brodie’s) and a bit of Walker’s shortbread or
 whisky fudge. I like to immerse myself in Scottish culture, complete with a tartan throw.

NOW AVAILABLE: Book: Starlight (Falling Stars – Book Two)
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Xio Axelrod, is an award-winning author of love stories, contemporary romance and (what she likes to call) strange, twisted tales. She also writes erotica and women’s fiction. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, super-secret name of course). She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and one part-time cat.

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