Alexandra the Author Welcomes You!
                                                                                         also known as alexandra allred

Alexandra Allred was named Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee for her sport ... but that was just the beginning. After making the first ever women's US Bobsled team, Allred turned to adventure writing and never looked back ... until she discovered fiction!  *Be careful ... if you say it, she'll write it down*

Frequently Asked Questions


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Interview with blogger/author Tom Immins: When and what made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

Alexandra: I love sports and I love meeting new athletes.  While I lived in the Olympic Training Center, I got to meet athletes from all disciplines and all nations, all backgrounds with all kinds of stories of overcoming adversity and survival.  Very inspiring. I had an opportunity to meet "the greats" but my favorite interviews were usually those unsung heroes who never won gold but were warriors indeed.  Many of their stories inspired me to write more.  This all said ... I always wrote.  As a kid, I loved to write but I was too embarrassed to share this with anyone. How embarrassing to say, "I want to be a writer!"  So, I never said a word.  Sports gave me that courage I needed.  

For more Q&A with Tom, check out http://samlucas-thriller.blogspot.com/2013/02/welcome-to-day-2-of-fantastic-blogger.html 


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Kim: What inspires your nonfiction - how do you select your subjects? What inspires your fiction? What influences your muse?

Alexandra: I love that you asked this. People - amazing people - happen into my life. For my book, Swingman: What A Difference A Decade Makes, I went on a 30 mle bike ride. For reasons I can't explain, I just hopped on my bike and did not bother to hydrate or fuel up (eat). I know better than that! But this is what I did. no surprise, I tanked about 15 miles into the ride and pulled over to a Starbucks, walked in and begged for a pumpkin loaf and coffee. They knew I was good for the money. For people who know me, they always ask, "You stopped in the middle of your workout for a pumpkin loaf??!?" Yup. I did. And as I was sitting there, a man rolled up to me in his wheelchair and asked it that was my bike in his way. I was so pooped, I just plopped my bike on the sidewalk outside. Embarrassed, I lept up, moved the bike and wound up talking to him. I learned that he was a fire fighter and figured he was paralyzed on the job. But it turned out he was paralyzed, now a full quadriplegic, on a 30 mile bike ride. He had bunny hopped over a stick which stuck in the spokes of his tire, flipped him and sent him head first into a ditch. What?!? I gotta tell ya... it was a long ride home as I looked for every stick in the road. We continued our talk over the coming weeks and I learned that he was twice given up for adoption, the first black fire fighter in Salt Lake County, Utah. I learned that just before becoming a quadriplegic, he decided to learn voice activated computer software... on and on. He is amazing and when I meet people like Capt. Marshall Allen, I am in awe and can't wait to share their stories of determination and grit, or overcoming obstacles and succeeding. In fact, we had his story turned into a documentary, entitled, SWINGMAN by documentary filmmaker Mark Birnbaum. I also freelance for NOW Magazines, a community magazine outside Dallas, Texas because I love human interest stories. I love to meet people who fight cancer, pollution, and racism. I love to meet people who make a difference in their community, who give back, who quilt and paint and bake for loved ones. It is amazing how something so seemingly small -- like baking cookies -- can turn out to be a heartwarming story about sacrifice or showing love to a person in need.

For more great questions, check out http://marygramlich.blogspot.com/2012/09/aloha-to-alexandra-allred-and-damaged.html  


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During an interview with blogger/author Lissa Bryan, Alexandra was asked: Lissa: In just a few decades, you have had more adventures than most people could have in three lifetimes. How do you think your bold spirit has affected your writing life? Do you try to capture that in your characters?

Alexandra: Wow! You just worded that so prettily. That was very sweet and I appreciate that but I have to give props to my parents. I’ve lived where I’ve lived and had much of my experiences because of my parents. They laid the groundwork. Only now as an adult do I understand that we often live up to what is ‘normal’ to us. Most people have normal parents and thus a normal upbringing. My mom fell off a curb and while being helped up by Soviet soldiers, managed to get the picture of the undercarriage of a Soviet tank that the Pentagon had been trying to get for over a decade. My dad “watched” Yasar Arafat, we had our walls bugged and I used to get followed by (okay, maybe I taunted them just a bit) the KGB.    

For more Q&A with Lissa, check out http://www.lissabryan.com/2014/08/a-conversation-with-alexandra-allred.html 


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How do you pick your characters? In an interview with Daily Opinion in the U.K., Alexandra is asked about the book, Damaged Goods: Each of the women in the friendship group has a very strong personality, but you didn’t write from the perspective of all of them. How did you choose which of the women to write through and why?

Alexandra: Ahh! Another great question.  Joanna was easy.  As the new person in town, she was used to highlight the chaos.  It was overwhelming for her.  To the others, it was just another day in Marcus but for Joanna, the beer-swilling emu, the health threat, the illegal immigrants and prejudice, the small town politics and the madness of Jeanie Archer were shocking.  Suzette’s character is very dear to me as she is a real person.  Much of what you read about Suzette is true and so when I began to write, she just popped out in the first person.  I knew of no other way to present her.  And Dixie is sort of the straight man – pardon the expression – to Jeanie.  These women balanced everyone and everything around them.  

For more on that interview, check out http://www.thedailyopinion.co.uk/interview-with-damaged-goods-author-alexandra-allred/ 


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How did you get published?

My entry into the publishing world was through bobsledding ... not for everyone, I know. When I speak to groups about how to become published, students or professionals, serious writers or dreamers, the answer is always the same: submit, submit, submit. Enter contests, blog, interview other authors to sharpen your skills. Write. I have known so many people who want to write but are afraid of criticism or rejection. Don't care! Just write. Get a copy of the Writer's Market book and submit to different publishing houses.