Author Q & A
May 14, 2020
How did you begin?
The first book, The Lost Colors was first written about 20 years ago. In 2019 when we lost our 10-month-old kitten, (who is the inspiration of this series) I was devastated. I was cleaning out my study and came across the manuscript and computer disc. I reread the manuscript (it was such a long time since I had written it, I could not remember what happen.) I thought it would make a great story of a girl, Caitlin and her cat Rio (based on my Rio.) We had to scrounge to find a computer old enough to download the files. My husband, Kevin unearthed an old computer from our basement. I was surprised when I found that the disc contained a number story outlines, and character outlines of a couple of other story ideas – including a murder mystery.
I wanted to write the kind of stories that I remember enjoying reading as a child. For this series, I wanted to create a world where anything is possible. I also wanted to create a story with strong female characters. I want the central characters, Caitlin and her best friends, Molly and Trudie to solve mysteries and defeat evil. Of course, they are helped by Caitlin’s extraordinary cat, Rio.
Can I read the books in any order?
I have tried to make each book stand alone. However, for your maximum enjoyment I think reading the books in order is the best way to read the entire series.
Are your books based on real life characters?
These stories are a work of fiction, and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is entirely coincidental. However, I do take my inspiration from real life events, experiences and inspirations. For example, the Rio in the series is inspired by my kitten Rio. The Missing Cats was inspired by a walk around the neighborhood and seeing the lost cat notices. Mr. Brewster’s dog, Angus is based on a Jack Russell terrier called Angus that I had growing up.
Who is your audience?
This series is for ages 8 – 12 years.
Why did you decide to write for this age group?
I want to write the kind of stories that I remember loving at that age.
Where do you get your ideas for your stories?
Ordinary suburbia is my inspiration. I like thinking about how I can take something normal and turn into something interesting and different.
How many books are in the Series?
I am not sure. When it feels right, the series will end.
Are your books available in Kindle?
Yes. All the books in the series are and will be available in Kindle.
Are your books available as audio books?
No. Currently the books are not available as audio books.
Why can’t I buy your books at Barnes & Noble?
My books are only available for sale through Amazon.
How can I find out when the next book will be released?
There are several ways – you can follow me on Amazon. Or check the blog, www.sallyalexander.com for announcements. Or email me at sally dot alexander at comcast dot net to be signed up for author announcements.
What does it mean to be an independent publisher?
Thanks to Amazon, independent publishing is easy and accessible. This means I can publish my work, without having to try and find a corporate publisher. The decision of when and what to publish is my decision.
Another name for independent publishers is self-publishing. Before deciding to publish through Amazon, I did investigate several self-publishing companies. I was not prepared to spend the money they were asking to self-publish.
Why are the books only available in American English?
For my readers in Australia, New Zealand, UK and South Africa you will no doubt notice and be quite annoyed that the books are written in American English with American spelling. I am an American now, and I write in the USA, and so I write in American English. I am also an independent writer and publisher. If I had a corporate publishing contract, the publisher would handle the publications of different editions for different markets – that is American English for the USA market, and British English for the other English-speaking markets. Thank you for supporting independent writers and publishers.
I love your stories. I love the Series. Is it available as a computer game?
What a great question. Thank you. Currently I have no plans to release the series as a computer game
If you have other questions?
Email me at sally dot alexander at comcast dot net.