Check out this author spotlight for Alisa H. Klinger!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
I currently live on Longboat Key, Florida, with my supportive husband. We have two amazing sons who we are extremely proud of. I grew up in Queens, New York, and raised my family in a quiet Long Island suburb of Dix Hills. Even though it’s been a few years since I lived in New York, I haven’t lost my accent—which puts a smile on many Floridian’s faces whenever they hear me ask for a cup of cawfee! You can take the girl out of New York…but you can’t take NY out of the girl.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Autumn, I love the weather and the changing of the leaves.
Cat or dog?
I am a dog person. I grew up with dogs and found them to give you unconditional love. There’s nothing like coming home to a dog.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee, I am an avid coffee drinker. If there isn’t a coffee mug in my hand there’s something wrong.
Morning or evening?
Evening, I am a late owl. A night time person. I get a lot done at night.
Library or museums?
Both, however, I can go to the library more often.
Mountains or beaches?
Beaches, I live by the beach and love looking out at the water. I find it very therapeutic. It’s like Jimmy Buffett sings in Knee Deep, “Ocean is my only medication. Wishing my condition ain’t ever goin go away.”
Plotter or pantser?
I’m a plotter. I need to know the “A” and “Z” of a story, then I’m flexible with the middle.
Pen and paper or computer/phone?
Pencil and paper. I make creative connections when I write my first draft with pencil and paper. Then I move to computer.
Standalone or series?
Series. I love my characters and want to continue to share their stories.
Book or ebook?
Book. I have always loved holding the book. I love the smell too!
When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention? I love the murder mystery with a set of characters who might have done it!
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I enjoy writing mysteries with some historical fiction and interesting facts mixed in. I currently released my debut novel, The Perfect Move. It is a mystery set on Long Island, New York. I have some Author Talks set up for August and possibly a live Book Signing event. I am also working with local libraries.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it.
My most recent work is a mystery, The Perfect Move. There is a promotion going with the book. It is called #theperfectmovechallenge
Readers from all over have been taking the challenge.
Here are my links to find out more. (My website & social media links)
Here is Book Blurb-
When the promise of the perfect move leads to peril…
Moving out of New York City into Long Island’s upscale suburban community, Gold Coast Estates, is everything new mom Hope Klein ever imagined- a dream come true.
The exclusive Gold Coast Estates community is situated on a subdivision of a formerly grand 1920’s estate on Long Island. The magnificent Maltz Mansion still sits on top of the hill, looming above the mini-mansion homes of the modern day rich as a beacon of the grandeur of Long Island’s past wealth.
Hope enjoys getting to know her neighbors—a professional football player, a holocaust survivor, a Huntington’s disease victim and a groundbreaking researcher. Each becomes special to her. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Hope, there’s a pair of eyes set on her, watching her every move.
When a dead body is discovered in the affluent neighborhood, Hope’s perfect world is turned upside down. Was it a suicide, an accident or murder? Hope is determined to find out. Never underestimate the tenacity of the stay-at-home mom.
If she’s not careful she might find herself the next victim..
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
I am inspired by experiences in my life and the places I visit. For example, the mansion in my book was inspired by an actual 1920’s mansion on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York. I draw fictional inspiration from the Agatha Christie novels. I love that Agatha Christie said “It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.” I believe she thought of setting as a character, which inspired me to write the Gold Coast Mansion as a character in the book.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I do a great deal of research before I can sit down and write. I start with a premise and build from there. Once I have all my research completed, I am then able to write a first draft. Then the rewriting and editing follows.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Find a good editor. Someone you can work with on a regular basis that has the time to really go over your manuscript.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!