Alexander answered her phone one afternoon and was
greeted by a retired FBI agent.
was working on a novel and had written the bureau a
series of questions about profiling and what pushed
people to commit heinous crimes.
the caller introduced himself, Alexander said she
immediately jumped to the conclusion that he was calling
to tell her no answers would be forthcoming. Instead, he
patiently answered her questions.
she learned helped the Fort Worth native develop the
storyline for her first book, "The Green-Eyed
Doll," which was released earlier this month by
Wild Rose Press. Itís a romantic thriller set in a
small Texas town, where the sheriff has to make sure the
woman heís falling for doesnít become the next
victim of a serial killer who paints his victimsí
faces so that they resemble porcelain dolls.
story came from reading horrific profiler stories,"
recalled that she had just finished two contemporary
romance stories ó "theyíre the worst Iíve
written" ó when she stumbled on the idea of
trying her hand at romantic suspense.
decided romantic suspense was where I belong," she
figures between stops and starts it took about two years
to complete The Green-Eyed Doll. The most time-consuming
part of writing for her is the research she undertakes
have 100 pagesí worth of research before I start
writing," she said.
tries not to take too much literary license, noting that
her biggest fear is someone declaring "That canít
happen" or "Thatís not true" after
reading one of her stories.
opted to go the traditional publishing route, albeit
with a small publishing house, because she likes the
writer/editor interaction. (Her book is available on
Amazon.com and through special order from Barnes &
writing marks the third career turn for Alexander. She
stayed at home with her children until they were in
middle school and then did logistics work for Wal-Mart
and a third-party vendor that held a contract with the
moved boxes," she said.
said she was at a crossroads when her employer lost its
contract. She could look for another job or try her hand
at writing. Writing won out with the encouragement of
her husband of 52 years.
always told me I could do anything that I thought I