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Interview with Kristin Kuhns Alexandre, author of ‘Gem City Gypsy’

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Kristin Kuhns Alexandre has been writing since she was a 16-year-old newspaper feature writer for The Kettering Oakwood Times in Dayton, Ohio. She has written for magazines such as The Christian Science Monitor and Town & Country and worked on staff at House Beautiful Magazine. When Gem City Gypsyshe’s not writing or renovating houses she is biking or helping The Humane Society in their quest to stop animal cruelty. Gem City is Kristin’s first novel and reflects her love of history and her hometown of Dayton.

Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Gem City Gypsy. When did you start writing it?

I started writing the book in 2009 as a comic book. It was an attempt to merge history and romance and my fascination with Dayton’s gypsy community.

Did you have any struggles or difficulties when you started writing?

Yes, it was hard to find the right voice and I finally decided on the first person…the voice of the gypsy girl, Neci Stans.

What was your inspiration for Gem City Gypsy?

When I was burying my father 12 years ago, I came upon a memorial to a famous gypsy in Dayton named Matilda Stanley. I was shocked at the size of the statue and the fact that I’d never heard anything about gypsies in my hometown.

What do you tell your muse when she refuses to collaborate?

Kristin Kuhns Alexandre 2Go for a bike ride. That always does it.

Many writers experience a vague anxiety before they sit down to right. Can you relate to this?

Yes, because you worry that you won’t get it finished.

Do you have a writing schedule? Are you disciplined?

Yes I write from about noon to 3:00 every day.

How do you celebrate the completion of a novel?

I begin the process of social media.

How do you define success?

I would define success as turning the novel into a feature film.

What do you love most about the writer’s life?

I love creating new characters and situations.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about and your work?

Yes, here.

Where is your book available?

On Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

Yes. If you want a sequel, tell me and post reviews on Amazon. Buy the book.

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About Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. Represented by Serendipity Literary.