The Era of Dawn Series has been in the making for ten years. I am happy to say that I know where the series will go and how it will inevitably end. I have written many other stories and conjured up numerous ideas along the way. At this point in time, I don’t have plans to go back and finish old stories, though it is possible I could in the future.
All my stories include mythology in one way or another. For Era of Dawn, it was vampires, but I have written stories on everything from dragons to mermaids. When I was younger, I simply loved writing captivating tales of people and fantastical creatures. As an adult, I’ve come to realize I can create complex worlds and stories. I also love to add an element of psychology to my stories to change how we perceive the world.
When it comes to my writing process for the Era of Dawn series, it can be as simple as putting on the right song. I have a vague idea in my mind of what will happen in every book. This is something that tends to happen with my longer stories as I develop them. For shorter stories and single books, such as my romance novel, Melody of the Sea, it’s a little more complicated. I love to look at art, especially on DeviantArt. I will search through many pictures until one just sticks out at me. It plagues my mind while I decide what element of mythology to write about. After enough research on the creature or place, the story just begins to come together. I always listen to music when I write, which helps keep my mind grounded in the world. Lastly, I type up as many details of the story and world as I can, even if I don’t use them all. Though none of my stories take place in a real setting, I do my best to make them feel real. I’ve yet to travel the world; perhaps one day it’ll feel like home to someone.
For me, writing has always been like watching a movie, only I am the actress, director, producer, and screenwriter, and it’s the most incredible feeling.
How far would you go for family? For twins Marie and Thea there is no line they won’t cross. They’ve remained inseparable since birth, but, after one night, their lives are changed forever. The sisters find themselves confined behind the gates of worlds they have never imagined, populated by twisted creatures and voices filling their heads. The sisters seek more than just answers to how they ended up in these worlds or how they developed psychosis. They seek a way out and more importantly, each other. But what will it cost them to reunite with one another and will their lives be the same again? Not if the voices have anything to say about it.
Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?
Nashville, TN is both my hometown and where I currently reside.
Tell us your latest news!
Working on two new novels: Kismet the second in the Era of Dawn series and my first romance, Melody of the Sea.
When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
According to my father I’ve talked about writing since the age of nine but I couldn’t tell you what inspired me to start. I was twelve when I finished my first book and I just loved telling stories. My friend Josh would read them while I wrote them.
What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Growing up I loved Richelle Mead’s books as well as Shakespeare. In my late teen years I read Simon Holt.
Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
The Era of Dawn series has been in my head since the age of thirteen (almost ten years now). Some characters are new but many have always been a part of the years. That goes for some of the characters in the later books as well. The first character created for the series however doesn’t come until book 3, Revelation. She was split into two characters however, the other character being Lathea from Evermore.
What motivates you to write?
Art and music. Can’t write without them.
What is the hardest part of writing?
All the grammar rules. It’s not my fault I’m a rebel.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Preparation is key and not to reread scenes too many times though it can be inevitable at times.
Where do you get your ideas?
Art, music, and mythology.
What does your family think of your writing?
My mother passed away three years ago when I was nineteen. She never had much of an opinion either way. My father however has been very supportive and tells his customers about my books. I wouldn’t be here without him.
What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
It’s a pain in the ass but it’s also the most rewarding thing you will ever do.
What book are you reading now?
I don’t read much nowadays. That said I intend to go back and finish Fearscape by Simon Holt. It’s an excellent trilogy and I’m on the last book.
Melody of the Sea
An Excerpt From Chapter 1
“When were you going to tell me?”
William stared into the eyes of his fiancé, Anna, her eyes brimming with tears.
His heart sank in his chest, caught in his string of lies. Never had he seen such sadness in her eyes. He’d never been able to provide her the lavish life he desperately wanted her to return to. She had come from a wealthy family, leaving it behind for him. She never complained, always holding her head high, smiling as they continued to live a simple life.
They were by no means poor — he’d never allow that — but she worked late hours to make sure they were able to pay the bills. She would come home exhausted, struggling to maintain a smile for him. Still she would prepare dinner and on her few days off maintain their home.
He often imagined as he performed his music for the very people she had left that he would return home and she would be nowhere to be found. That he would run onto the dark streets of London, call her name but receive only the sound of the rain as it collided with the cobblestone roads around him.
But the day never came. When he finally confessed his fears to her she reminded him of her love, her every sentence punctuated with tender kisses to his temple. She reminded him of the pride she took in being married to such a talented pianist. And every time he would apologize as she held him in her arms. His strength was never enough to resist the tears that crept down his cheeks, her delicate fingers wiping them away.
The day came when he received a letter from the nation of Basilous — famous for their talented musicians — inviting him to play in Bell Concert Hall. He’d rubbed his thumb over the deep blue wax seal, many times before throwing it into the flames. He watched as the parchment turned to ash, the sapphire like wax melting away in the flames.
He had waited until the flames died before disposing of the remnants. Then cleaning the rest of their home, wearing a smile when Anna returned home from another long day of work.
Now she stood before him, holding another letter from Claude, pleading him to reconsider his decision to remain in London.
“I apologize.” he started, taking her hands in his own, bringing her knuckles against his lips. “But I hadn’t planned on telling you.”
He knew it was wrong to keep this from her and a part of him had regretted his decision to do so. However he believed that what he was doing was best for them both. He never made a decision without her best interests at heart.
Reading Claude’s words the first time he felt as if Basilous was an entirely new world. It intimidated him, the way he’d praised Hymn for its musicians and golden entertainment. He didn’t feel worthy to play among them. He had spent so long playing for those who didn’t see the importance of his talent that he had forgotten what it felt like to be recognized for the many hours he had invested in practicing. The long nights he had spent in the warmth of a candelabrum, pouring over the many pages of his music sheets.
This however wasn’t his reason for turning down the offer. On the contrary he would have swallowed his fear every night to perform if it meant giving Anna a better life. He declined the offer from Claude because it seemed impossible. He swore to change their lives. They would eat like kings and be showered in riches. Anna would finally be able to quit her job, to hire someone else to clean their home, to pursue whatever she fancied. For the first time nothing would be out of their grasps.
“William.” she said calmly, pulling her hands away from his lips. “Why would you hide this from me?”
Alexandra Lee was born in March of 1994 in Nashville, TN. She studied audio and video production for three years but has been writing books for ten years.
After writing her first book at twelve she began the Era of Dawn Series. Now thirteen and beginning her first series, Alexandra spent the following years establishing the world, the people, and most importantly the series of events. Evermore, the first in the Era of Dawn series was published November 13th 2016.
She is currently working on the second book in the series, Kismet, hoping to release it by June 2017. She is also finishing her first romance novel, Melody of the Sea, hoping to release it in time for Valentine’s Day.
Alexandra Lee currently lives in Nashville, TN with her family and two dogs.