As a person, I think my beautiful family makes me “tick.” I have two beautiful children, and they give me joy every day. As an author, I think I’m inspired by the natural world. I like to take long walks, and I start thinking about nature and the cosmos, and that’s where I get many of my ideas!
If you could go anywhere in the world to live, where would you go and why? Describe your residence once you get there:
Hmmm, that’s a tough question! I think I’d live in the Pacific Northwest, maybe somewhere near Olympic National Park. I actually went backpacking through Olympic years ago, and I think it’s stuck in my mind as a fairytale wonderland. I’d love to have a house nearby, something comfortable and homey with a nice fireplace and a beautiful view.
Do you have a muse or a person who inspires you to write? Tell us about them:
I think I have a lot of muses! In particular, I think my writing group, especially my friends and fellow writers Sarah Mensinga and Gerardo Delgadillo, have really inspired me and helped me out along the way. Even having a regular writing meetup has definitely made a difference in terms of keeping me writing and working, even when I’m frustrated.
What book are you working on right now? Do you have a release date you can share with us?
I do have a second (and a third!) book I’m working on! My next book is a collection of fantasy short stories, and it should be out by early summer. My WIP is a MG/YA fantasy, and I’m hoping to finish a rough draft by the end of the summer.
Other than writing, what else are you passionate about?
I love classical music. I was a musician for many years, and I still love playing in the symphony. I also love the outdoors.
What have you found to be the most difficult part of being an author?
I was surprised how much time and effort went into marketing! It’s difficult, and can definitely cut into writing time.
We want to come visit your library. What books might we find on your shelves that we wouldn’t expect to find?
I have a rather large amount of classic poetry and other writing from Ancient Greece and Rome. I actually love reading ancient writers like Homer, Ovid, or Virgil.
If money were no object, what philanthropic contributions would you make and why?
I would donate to two things: promoting the health and safety of women and girls worldwide, and protecting the environment. I’m passionate about women’s health because there are still so many horrifying human rights abuses perpetrated against women and girls, and many horrible medical conditions they suffer as a result. For example, obstetric fistula or female genital mutilation. As for the environment, I deeply love and value the natural world, and I think we have a moral imperative to protect and preserve it.
Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert? Why?
I’m definitely an introvert. I’m not shy or afraid of people, but I need time to recharge if I have to spend time in a crowd, or with people I don’t know that well.
You’ve got a whole weekend to do whatever you want to do, how are you going to spend it?
I think I’d go an a walking tour of the Rhine with my family. We’d stop at lovely castles, quaint little inns, and beautiful scenes along the river. At night, we’d stay in lovely inns that serve authentic German food.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
Don’t date that guy!
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Amazon Link for Sapience: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N74LCGH
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Alexis-Lantgen/e/B07PBTPD97/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/alexislantgen