Welcome, Alexis—and congratulations on your new release! That first contract is always so exciting! Let me tell you a little secret though: It never gets old! Every contract after that is just as much fun! May you have lots of fun, exciting moments ahead in your career as a published author.
Let’s talk about your ‘new baby’:
What inspired you to write A Second Chance?
Honestly? I wanted to write a story about struggling journalists and focus on characters who needed a second chance at life and love.
I especially love second-chance romances. Which character in your new release did you most enjoy writing? Why?
Carla because she’s compassionate, feisty and brilliant.
Feisty is fun, especially when you’re writing. What, if anything, do you and your heroine have in common?
She and I are both entry-level journalists who are frustrated with our industry’s system of “paying your dues.”
I hear that! What spiritual theme does this book include? How did it come to be a part of this story line?
Trusting God’s perfect plan. It became part of this story line from the start because my story’s hero and heroine have trouble trusting God and believing that He knows what is best.
Those are things a good many of us have problems with.
Let’s talk about Alexis Goring, behind the smiling author photo.
What household task do you most dislike? Which do you most enjoy?
Cleaning the carpet because of how much time it takes. I enjoy washing dishes. The running water and cleaning methods are therapeutic.
I enjoy washing dishes too, especially during the winter, when the warm water feels soooo good. J What makes you laugh out loud?
Movies by Tyler Perry and the movie Love Different starring Jenn Gotzon.
What smell do you love most, and why?
The cherry almond professional shampoo brand that my stylist washes my hair in, because it makes my hair smell great for days after leaving the salon.
Nice, fragrant shampoos are awesome. What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading, Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible. Shannon Popkin is the author of this book.
Now let’s take a look at you and God.
Do you usually insert a spiritual theme into your books? If so, do you have a favorite?
Yes. Trusting God is my favorite because at times, I still struggle with that theme.
You and me both…and I hardly think we two are an island in that regard. Where do you hide away when you want to pray, meditate, read, or just cuddle up with God?
The living room because my favorite reading spot is the big, oversized white sofa with huge pillows. It’s the perfect place to snuggle and spend time with God.
Sounds like a nice, cushy-comfy place to settle in. Please share a verse of scripture that is especially meaningful to you, and why it is special.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
It’s special to me because my Mom “discovered” this Bible verse when I was going through a traumatic time as a teenager and it gave me hope.
It’s a great verse for delivering hope! Thank you for visiting, Alexis. I’ve enjoyed chatting with you.
About A Second Chance:
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
About the Author:
Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.