Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Alexis Goring

Is there a story behind your book , Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories?
No. I simply wanted to take real-life situations and infuse hope into it through the lives, situations and actions of my purely fictional characters.

What started you on your writing journey?
Storytelling time when being babysat by my grandma and grandpa when my brother and I were children…While my grandma was cooking in the kitchen, my grandpa gathered my brother and I in the living room and decided to play a new game—storytelling. He said make up a story and share it. It was an impromptu activity, no preparation or plotting…we just told the stories as we imagined it in that moment. I liked the story I thought of so when my brother and I returned home to our parents’ house, I sat in front of the family Macintosh computer, opened a word processor and started typing the story I’d made up at my grandparents’ house.
It was a project that took me all summer but when I was done, I not only printed out the type written pages, but I bound it like a book with staples, made a cover page and drew illustrations on every other page. Unfortunately, I lost that “book” but I do remember the title of it, Sisters.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I enjoy reading The Holy Bible, inspirational books, Christian fiction, memoirs and devotionals. My favorite authors include Lurlene McDaniel, Debbie Macomber, Dee Henderson, Joyce Meyer, A.W. Tozer, Beth Moore, Valorie Burton and Jackie Kendall.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
Autumn. I simply adore it. The changing colors of the tree leaves are my favorite! The breathtakingly beautiful scenery makes me want to spend all day outside with my future Canon DSLR (camera) and I say “future” because I’m still saving up to buy it.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends and feel free to share a recipe with us!
Honestly, I love Filipino and Indian vegetarian food and authentic Mexican dishes!

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I like to write about restoration. My character Joshua in “The Best Gift” (a story set at Christmastime) is hoping for to reconcile with his dream girl Maria but he later on finds out that the best gift he’ll receive this Christmas is the restoration of his relationship with God. I love how along Joshua’s spiritual journey, he disciples other people who witness his transformation and want to know why he’s different. Joshua ends up introducing these witnesses to Jesus Christ and it changes their lives forever, for the better.   

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc.?
I love going to Panera, sitting in a booth with a black cherry smoothie and listening to the smoothie machine! I don’t know why, but the sound of it is completely soothing.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you and explain why it's special.

Jeremiah 29:11 is very special to me because it reinforces my faith in the fact that God has my best interest at heart. No matter what happens in this life, God can work it out according to His perfect plan. I’ve learned through personal experience that only God can take brokenness and transform it into beautiful. So this verse gives me hope.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I hope to produce and release my second book within two years. I don’t want to give it away but I will tell you that it centers on characters who work in a (fictional) five-star restaurant in Northwest Washington, D.C. It will be an inspirational romance but still Christian fiction.

I have other book ideas in the works and you’ll have to wait and see if that story about the five-star restaurant will be part of a novella or a single, full-length novel.

Back Cover

Hope in My Heart is a collection of short, heartwarming stories with characters in need of hope.
In “Love Unexpected,” a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.
Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, “The Best Gift.” Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.
In “Peace and Love,” three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents’ divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.
To buy her book:
About Alexis
Alexis A. Goring is a college graduate with a degree in print journalism from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Writing is her passion. She hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces, and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing.

To connect with Alexis:

Her blog, “God is Love,” http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com/
Her book’s official Twitter feed, @pennedbyalex

Alexis A. Goring is giving away a copy of Hope in My Heart. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)


Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


8 comments:

cjajsmommy said...

This was a delightful interview. Your book sounds like it will be a very uplifting read. Thank you for the opportunity to receive it. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com . Deb R.

Jackie McNutt said...

Alexis, your book sounds very inspiring from the story lines from your cover.
So nice to learn of your book.
Thank you
mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Now I want to go to Panara & have a BC Smoothie AND read your book! :)
mandn(at)wisper(dash)wireless(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

This book sounds wonderful. Sometimes short stories are just the perfect thing to read. And each of these sounds special. I look forward to reading this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Lois Hudson said...

Alexis, I love your story-telling Grandpa. We never know what will inspire another, and so glad you had that treasure to start you on your story-telling journey. Please enter me in your drawing...

hudson5107(at)att(dot)com

Thank you.

Anonymous said...


Hello Alexis. You are new to me. But, I like the sound of your stories. Glad there was a Uncle Joe. Don't remember daddy reading to us except his Bible. We had Bible reading and prayer every day. I have read to my kids when they were small and the grandkids and my great-grandkids when I was getting to see them more often. I think I always loved reading tho. Sorry you lost your book. I have also lost some of my very important things that I saved and some from my kids. Suppose part was from moves, but not sure about why from mine in school.Thanks to BDBL for having Alexis here and a chance to win her book. Maxie
mac262(at)me(dot)com

Patricia Bradley said...

I know what you mean about saving money to buy something I want. And a Canon DSLR is on my list! Enjoyed the interview and your book sounds like something I would really like! pat at ptbradley dot com

sm said...

I like your theme of Restoration in your books. Thanks for the contest! sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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