Please welcome author Xio Axelrod to the blog today. She was nice enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions…
What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
My husband, Mr. X, moved to Philadelphia from California four months after we met. Actually, he asked me to marry him three days after we met but I didn’t think he was serious until he told me he was moving to be closer to me. Talk about swoon!
What type of music do you listen to?
Music is my other career. I’ve been recording professionally since I was four years old, so I listen to a wide variety of music. I’m a rock girl at heart, (I love alternative, indie, heavy, gothic, classic…you name it), but my tastes run from classical to world to new age. Favourite artists include David Bowie, Metric, Interpol, Janelle Monae, and Yo-Yo Ma.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
I love science fiction and fantasy. (HUGE geek here!) Despite the fact that I write romance, I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies unless they have a twist like The Baxter, Something New, or Dan in Real Life. I do love period romance, though. I’m currently obsessed with Far From The Madding Crowd and Belle.
Name some of your favorite authors who do not write romance.
Octavia Butler, Jim Butcher, Anne Rice, and Gene Doucette all write science fiction and/or fantasy. If I had the discipline to do that kind of word-building, I totally would. Maybe someday.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I tour a lot with my music, so I get to see a visit of wonderful places. There isn’t much time for sightseeing, but I do love London. I lived there for a time after university. I also love Lisbon. If I could, I’d split my time between those two cities.
What is your favorite body part on a man or woman?
I love hands. They’re so expressive and highly underrated. A man with large, strong hands… *shiver* I’m all about that life.
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
I mentioned I was a geek, yes? I DVR so many shows, it’s sometimes hard to keep up. But the one show that I absolutely cannot miss is Outlander, based on the series by author Diana Gabaldon. I love the show almost as much as I love the books themselves. My Calum Series was inspired by my love of the show and the books.
Leather or lace?
Would any of your books make a good movie? Which actors/actresses do you see in the lead roles?
It would be fun to see The Calum brought to screen. It’s basically a love letter to Outlander and to all things Scottish. The scenery would be breathtaking and romantic. As for casting, I could see someone like Jurnee Smollett or Meghan Markle as Lovie. Either Richard Madden or Tom Payne would make a smoldering Duff.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
A recurring comment is “I couldn’t put the book down,” which is the BEST thing anyone could ever say to me. I released Falling Stars right before Thanksgiving, and one reviewer said she had the book in one hand while she cooked with the other. Love that!
A big thanks to Xio for stopping by today. You can check out her books on most major e-book retailers:
About Xio Axelrod
Xio Axelrod is an award-winning author of love stories, contemporary romance and (what she likes to call) strange, twisted tales. She also writes erotica and women’s fiction. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, not-so-secret name of course). She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and one part-time cat.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”