I’m super excited to announce that the amazing Vicktor Alexander is visiting my blog today! He has an awesome new series started, Sons of Adam – the first book being appropriately named The Beginning. 😉
Today he’ll be telling us a little bit about himself and his new series, so please join me in welcoming Vic and feel free to leave a comment or two. 🙂
When and why did you begin writing?
I honestly think that I’ve always been writing something my entire life, but my earliest memory of writing is when I was 10 years old and my family and I were on a road trip back from a family reunion. My brother and sisters were being rowdy in the car and it was annoying my mom and grandmother and I was trying to be helpful so I started to tell a story in the manner of a news report of my baby sister destroying the world with her breath in order to give them something else to focus on. It eventually led to me doing a news report on each of my siblings which led to me telling a horror story about a doll’s eyes that came to life at night and killed people. I was a little morbid 10-year old. I blame “Are You Afraid of the Dark” and “Goosebumps”. LOL.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the way the readers get so invested in my characters. I love getting the letters from the readers telling me that some part of my story touched them or helped them in some way. Either helped their marriage or helped their relationship with someone or even showed them something about themselves that they weren’t aware of before. Being able to effect change one person at a time is awesome. So I guess the short answer is the readers. That’s my favorite thing about writing.
Oh and playing God. That’s pretty damn awesome too. I freely admit that I have a God-complex. Hehehehe.
What do you find is the hardest thing about being an author?
There are a few things. Reviews are hard. Each book is like my baby. My child. And having someone rip it apart is hard. Pointing out flaws, calling it ugly, not worth their time? It hurts. It makes me want to grab my book and not let anyone near it ever again (I’m like that with my actual daughter as well-you can ask her. She’s 19 and she HATES telling me if anyone’s mean to her. I go into over-protective Daddy Vic mode and turn into the Hulk and want to smash people). But I realize that reviews that are constructive help make me a better writer as well, so they are necessary. I think another hard thing, especially for me, is not getting caught up in the story. So many of my secondary characters end up being so engaging that my books end up becoming series and I have a hard time staying inside of the book that I’m writing and not wandering off to write the next book and then the next one when another secondary character pops up. So finishing a book is always hard too.
Yeah, finishing a book is the HARDEST thing for me. Because damn, I get ideas like you wouldn’t believe. I got ideas for two books while doing this interview, but I had to just let them fall by the wayside. –sigh- And that’s always hard to do.
(J – Lol, I’m the same way!)
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I can’t choose just one. There’s no possible way. LOL. I have a list of authors who are on my auto-buy and I can tell you (briefly) why they are.
Mary Calmes: Her characters and plot are so engaging that I get so wrapped up into the plot I will forget what’s going on around me (not good to be reading a MC book at the hospital. Learned this the hard way).
Stormy Glenn: Sexy. Sexy. Sexy. Stormy’s books are HOT. With a capital “H!” Whether it’s a paranormal or a contemporary, I love that when I read Stormy’s books I’m going to get overheated, in a good way.
Amy Lane: The Queen of Angst. Amy’s books tug on my heartstrings. They really remind me of the human condition. They aren’t all rainbows, sunshine, unicorns, and confetti. She has some happy, bright stuff that I love too. But when I read an Amy Lane book I know my emotions will be engaged.
Andrew Grey: Andrew’s books are so… pure. I guess that’s the best way to describe it. Not that there’s no sex because there is. But Andrew’s voice in his book is so purely there. His intent is pure. His characters, the plot, everything is so purely laid out on the page. When I finish an Andrew Grey book I always sigh with happiness.
Gabrielle Evans: Gabrielle’s books are just fun. They’re fun and sexy. I love the fact that Brie’s books run the gamut of genres and that she stretches the readers’ expectations in the book. There are some books that I read and I just KNOW who the bad guy is. I never know with a Gabrielle book. Sometimes I don’t even know what the conflict is until it happens and then it whacks me over the head and I’m so shocked I have to go back and read it again. That’s the great thing about Brie’s book, it always requires a re-read (which is brilliant on her part).
Jana Downs: I love that Jana’s books are not only entertaining but that I also end up learning something when I read them. Whether it’s about computers or history (which the nerd in me LOVES) but she effortlessly slips these nuggets of information and education in her stories that make them so entertaining to me.
LM Brown: LM’s books make me feel good. They’re like a warm blanket on a cold, wintery day. I can feel her spirit in her books and it always reaches out and touches mine. I think readers appreciate things like that.
Toni Griffin: I know that when I read a Toni Griffin book not only will I be entertained I’m going to laugh. Hard. At something. Either a character or an event. I love how her Aussie flavor is in the book and that I don’t feel lacking as an American when I read her stuff. Sometimes when I read books by authors from other countries I feel like I need a translator but I don’t feel like that with Toni’s books.
Ally Blue: What DON’T I love about Ally’s books? They’re amazing! Sexy when they need to be. Engaging. Intriguing. Educational. A perfect blend of the human condition and with just enough of an escape that I don’t feel like I’m being cheated like someone is just reciting what happened to them that day. I have bought her Untamed Heart book six times not because it’s so forgettable that I forget it, but because it’s so intriguing that each time I read it it’s like I’m reading it for the first time and while it sounds familiar to me I don’t know why and by the time I get to this one part that alerts me to the fact that I have, in fact, read the book before, I’m so invested that I just continue to read it again.
Lor Rose: I never know what I’m going to get with a Lor Rose book. Dark? Poly? Smexiness? Funny? It’s always an adventure.
Shae Connor: There’s a southern charm in Shae’s book that is absolutely NOT to be missed! I don’t think there’s one of her books that I’ve read that I haven’t read without drinking sweet tea. LOL. Shae’s sweet, down-home disposition is evident in her words and it flows into the reader.
TN Tarrant: I love how TN’s words grip you by the back of the neck and pull you into the story. They hold you in the story until it’s over and then when the book is done you blink and realize that no, you weren’t ACTUALLY there, you were, in fact, at home reading a story.
Lynn Hagen: I never know WHAT I’m going to get with a Lynn Hagen book. I always think I know and then halfway through I always end up gasping because she’s shocked me with something that I never expected. No matter what I’m doing, as soon as Lynn’s books become available I stop doing it, hit SAVE, and start reading it. Her books call to me and her characters and her stories stick with me long after it’s over.
Marcy Jacks: I love how Marcy’s characters all make me want to protect them. Even the alphas in her shifter books. LOL. None of them are perfect. They’re all flawed and in a genre where there seems to be a lot of flawed/perfect pairings it’s great to have an author who writes flawed/”perfect” pairings. And I love the fact that she writes a lot of Mpreg as well. That gives me a happy.
Lyssa Samuels: She’s fairly new but I’m already ADDICTED. Her writing is engaging. Her characters are insecure, but there’s an inner strength that flows through them all that sort of flows into the reader that when the book is over you feel as if that problem you had isn’t as big as you thought it was. Through her writing you feel like you can climb mountains. No joke.
LE Franks: I can feel LE’s heart in her writing. I can tell that she pours all of herself into her writing. You read her stuff and you feel every emotion, every action, every pain, all of it that the characters experience, you’re right there with them. And when it’s over, you lean back, exhausted, just like you know LE probably was. But it’s a satisfied kind of exhaustion, because it was worth it.
N.J. Nielsen: I get lost in a NJ Nielsen book. I tumble headfirst in one of her books. I go on the journey with her characters. I hold the swords with her characters, I fall in love with her characters, I… -clears throat- have sex with her characters. LOL. Her writing is so descriptive that you have to be prepared when you read it.
And there are so many more: Damon Suede, TJ Klune, Eric Arvin, Jacob Flores, Cherie Noel, Ethan Day, Jambrea Jo Jones, Ariel Tachna, Abigail Roux, Charlie Cochet, Edward Kendrick, AKM Miles, Charlie Richards, Stephanie Hecht, RJ Scott, Amber Kell, Silvia Violet, Hayley B. James, Sean Michael, Jaime Samms, Sara York, T. A. Chase. There’s a reason why I spend hours at publisher’s sites and why I spend hours writing. So I can make money to buy these amazing author’s books. They’re all on my auto-buy list because they’re all amazing to me.
What inspired you to write The Beginning?
LOL. I was having a conversation with my bio mom about the Bible. She is a right-wing Conservative Republican, Messianic Jew with a gay son who writes LGBTQI romance and fiction so we always end up having discussions about the Bible all the time, especially since I went to seminary school. She’s currently taking Torah classes, something I took long ago, so we were discussing how the Holy Bible as it stands today is extremely mistranslated and how there are many holidays that are grossly misrepresented. Well that led to a discussion about Adam and the creation of man. I live in a land of “What if?” It’s how I get the ideas for a lot of my books. And I said “Well how do we know that Adam was the only one created?” She asked me what I meant and I expounded on how we knew the Bible had been mistranslated but “what if when Adam was created he wasn’t the only one created, but he had brothers created at the same time and they were shifters and witches and vampires and because of the Great Disobedience their punishment was to keep themselves hidden from the Sons of Adam? And what better way to do that than to keep their very creation from being recorded in the Bible?” I kept talking and it eventually got lodged in my brain as a series and eventually I thought about what would happen if one of those shifters met his mate, a human or a “Son of Adam”, and they bonded and the entire existence of shifters was exposed to all of mankind. Thus The Beginning was born.
Was there anything you found particularly challenging when writing The Beginning?
Fighting with my Jewish guilt. LOL. I am really twisting the Torah and the Bible with this series, at least with the way it was taught to me and the way I was raised to believe it. And while writing the book I had to make sure that I kept things as close to the original as possible so that it could be explained “Oh! So that’s why the lions on the ark didn’t eat the sheep. They were all shifters!” but still stay true not only to history but to my story as well.
How did you come up with the title The Beginning?
Well it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s The Beginning. The Beginning of the new world. The Beginning of the series. The Beginning of Ronny and Cole’s life together. The Beginning of man’s interaction with shifters, or so they think. The Beginning of the conflict between the Sons of Adam and the paranormal community. The book also shows The Beginning of creation. So it’s the beginning of everything.
If you were to give your book a Heat Rating, (lowest) 1—simmering, 2—sizzling, 3—on fire, or 4—blazing (highest), which would it be and why?
LOL. I’d probably say a 3. But that’s only because there’s no BDSM in it. There’s A LOT of sex in it. Really steamy, sticky, hot, explosive, man-on-man sex. But no “Yes sir,” “No sir,” “Tie me up,” sex which I tend to put in some of my books. Which is the only reason I’m not giving it a 4. Although my readers might give it a 4. If only for the scene in the bathroom at the hotel.
What’s next for you?
My next release is Dakota, The Sevion Brotherhood: 1, from MLR Press which releases May 2. It’s a contemporary, vampire, interracial, medical book. I’m really excited about it. I’m finishing up Daddy’s Boy which will release from Rooster & Pig Publishing this year. It’s a rent-boy, contemporary, angsty romance. I’ve got Groom of Convenience, Secrets of the Remmington Realm, which will release from Dreamspinner Press this fall (October/November) which I’m UBER excited about. It’s an intersex/transgender, alternative reality, historical, book. I think readers are REALLY going to like (I hope. I’m actually really nervous about it). I’m currently working on the world-building for Yarulf’s Duty, which is book one of Legends of the Tauma series, which will release from… well, I have no idea yet. But Yarulf’s Duty is the free story that I’m writing for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Love’s Landscapes anthology event. It’s a fantasy romance that I’m actually really, really excited about. After that I’ll be working on The Servant Duchess of Whitcomb, book two of Secrets of the Remmington Realm, then Michigan, which is book two of The Sevion Brotherhood, Il Mio Amante Fa Tre, book on of Ti Voglio Bene, Untouchable, book seven of the Tate Pack series, Yearning for Miguel, book one of Team Black Bear, Willie’s Earl, book three of The Wilgrin Chronicles, My Girlfriend’s Brother, Damien & Roman: Forever, book one of Damien & Roman, Mommy’s Name is Daddy Now, then The Truth or Dare Anthology… and well, everything after Michigan is just conjecture I have NO idea how things are going to go after that. LOL. We’ll see who starts talking the loudest and that’s who will get written next.
(J – Holy cow! Do you ever sleep?!)
Ronny Parker has always been aware that there was more to life outside of his Harlem apartment. When he goes to work one morning at Starbucks, he finds himself coming face to face with a reality that he was not prepared for. He finds himself the eyewitness to a fight between two shifters, a wolf and a lion, one of which bites Ronny and calls him “mate.” When Ronny wakes up the next morning he finds himself thrust into a world neither his family, nor his teachers ever taught him about and he does the only thing he can do. He starts to investigate.
Cole Tronk has been taught from an early age that he is never to mate a human, never reveal his true nature to a human and that he cannot be gay. But when he gets into a fight with his oldest friend outside of a Starbucks and finds himself smelling the most intoxicating scent ever, he throws all of those rules out of the window. Before long, Cole and his mate, Ronny are on the run from the governing body of the paranormals, humans who have now discovered that paranormals, magicks and supernaturals exist, and someone from Ronny’s past who is determined to kill them both.
Along the way, Cole and Ronny meet up with a group of paranormals, magicks, and supernaturals who are also gay, and who are researching the true history of the world and creation. What they find will not only change their lives, but the entire world and the future. Will Ronny and Cole’s mating survive all of these obstacles and when a millennias old lie comes back to bite them in the ass, will Ronny and Cole be able to deal with the consequences?
Finally able to step off, Ronny squared his shoulders and stepped out of the open doors onto the sidewalk. He smiled at the two women leaving the store and walked around the side to the employee entrance. He stopped shortly after. The sound of flesh slapping against flesh, grunts, and curses reached his ears and it didn’t sound as if there were people having sex. It sounded like a fight. Groaning, Ronny raced forward. He was only five feet and eleven inches tall, built like a swimmer to boot, but he’d found that being black would sometimes chase away troublemakers, regardless of his slim build. Coming to a stop, Ronny’s mouth dropped open. His coworker, Benjamin, was fighting another man, but that wasn’t what shocked Ronny. It was the fact that Benjamin’s hands looked like wolf paws and the man he was fighting had hands like a lion. Ronny gasped when both men shifted into animals, backing up until he bumped into the wall behind him. His gasp alerted them to his presence and he watched with wide eyes as they approached him slowly.
“Oh, fuck, oh, fuck, oh, fuck,” Ronny chanted. “This is how I’m going to die.”
The lion shifted then, back into the form of a man. The lion man walked over towards Ronny and sniffed the air around him. Ronny trembled and began praying internally. This was not how he wanted to die. Not how he planned to be remembered. Killed by a freaky lion shifter person.
“Mmmm,” the lion man hummed. “Mate.”
Ronny’s eyes widened. He’d read enough romance novels to know what that word meant and he also knew that there was never a black man or woman involved in something like that. Mates seemed to be only for other races, so there was no way that he could be somebody’s mate.
“M-mate?” he stammered. “No. You’ve got it all wrong.”
The lion man shook his head. “There is no mistake. You are my mate. I am your destiny. My name is Cole Tronk,” the lion said.
Ronny stared at him in amazement. Cole stood at least six-foot-four and he was all thick muscles, skin that was a beautiful golden tan color, brown hair with gold highlights, and eyes so dark brown they almost looked black. As Ronny’s gaze traveled over the expanse of skin, he felt his own skin grow tight and hot as he took in Cole’s naked form and the thick, long cock hanging between his thighs. Ronny’s body responded to the man’s nudity, his own dick growing firm behind his zipper and his anus clenching as if preparing itself to be speared by Cole’s thick member. Cole’s jaw was square and firm, his lips full, and his nose slim, which twitched as Cole inhaled deeply. He grinned at Ronny and stepped closer.
“I can smell your lust for me, mate.” Cole’s voice was deep and smooth like whiskey. The sound of it flowed over Ronny’s body, tightening it further and making him moan softly.
“I-I’m not your m-mate,” Ronny stammered. “I’m black and human.”
Cole let out a bark of laughter before leaning forward to sniff at the column of Ronny’s neck. He let out a low growl before licking the skin there. Ronny shivered so hard he thought he would fly apart as the front of his pants grew wet with his pre-cum.
“Oh, fuck,” he whispered and clenched his fists against the wall.
Something inside of him wanted to reach out to Cole. He wanted to bring the other man against his body, preferably with both of them naked. He wanted to feel Cole thrusting inside of him. He ached deep inside for… something. He didn’t know what, but he knew that it was somehow the most important thing ever. He noticed that his breath and Cole’s seemed to be in sync and he watched, amazed that whenever he breathed out, Cole inhaled and vice versa. It was as if they were each other’s air.
Riiight, he mentally scoffed. I am not some fucking twink in a romance novel.
Giving himself a mental shake, Ronny raised his hands to push Cole away, who seemed to have gotten so much closer to him in the few seconds it took for Ronny to think. His hands landed on firm pecs and, though he’d told himself that he was pushing the other man away, he found himself squeezing the flesh instead, his palms grazed by the puckered nipples on Cole’s chest.
“Shit,” Cole growled.
It was Ronny’s only warning before sharp pain pierced the join of his neck and left shoulder as Cole, the lion man, buried his fangs into Ronny’s skin. Ronny let out a loud yell, that quickly turned into a moan as the pain became pleasure. Sweet, overwhelming, delicious pleasure. The kind that had him humping Cole’s thigh where it rested between his own legs. It was a pleasure so amazing that it took him a moment to realize that not only had he just cum in his work pants, effectively ruining them, but that he’d just let some fucking lion man bite him.
He told himself that he was going to push Cole away, but his hands seemed to not be listening to him and instead they rose to wrap around Cole’s neck as the other man groaned and drank Ronny’s blood. After a moment, when Ronny was starting to feel just slightly weak, Cole let go of his neck and licked the wounds. He kissed the skin there and began to purr. At first, it freaked Ronny out, but, after a moment, he found himself more turned on by the purring than he’d been by the bite to his neck.
The bite to his—hold the hell on!
Ronny shoved Cole away from him. Jabbing a finger into Cole’s chest, he glared and let out his own growl. “You fucking bit me, you psycho!”
Cole smirked. “You loved it,” he pointed out, crossing his massive arms across his broad chest.
Vicktor Alexander “Vic” wrote his first story at the age of 10 about his youngest sister and her destruction of the world…with her breath. Much to his youngest sister’s dismay the story was a hit and became the first story of a series all dealing with the planets that were destroyed by his siblings and their strange quirks and body odors. Vic now enjoys writing about shifters, humanoids, cowboys, firemen, rent boys, fairies, elves, dancers, doctors, Doms, Subs, and anything else that catches his fancy, all sexy men falling in love with each other and having lots of naughty, dirty, man-on-man sex. Author of the best-selling series, The Tate Pack, Vic is a huge fan of the “happily-ever-after” ending. But while his characters all ride off into the proverbial sunset, all sexually satisfied and in love, they all bear the scars of fighting for that love, just like in real life. Out and proud, Vic does not believe that love only comes in one form, one race, one gender and that not only is gender fluid, by sexuality as well. Vic loves to make people laugh and when he’s not writing, or rather, procrastinating in writing, he’s reading, playing the Sims 3, hanging out with his very supportive adopted family, talking to his adopted daughter, whom he affectionately calls “Chipmunk”, seeking the man or men who can handle his crazy, stressful, soap opera-esque life and being distracted from his writing by drooling over pictures of John Barrowman and Shemar Moore.
Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org