Today we’re talking to Kristin Kuhns Alexandre, author of the new adult romantic thriller, Gem City Gypsy. Kristin was raised in Dayton, Ohio where she worked as a feature columnist for The Dayton Journal Herald and the Kettering Oakwood Times. She has written two previous books: Nuncio and the Gypsy Girl in the Gilded Age, a graphic novel that was featured at the 2011 NY City Comic Con; and Find a Great Guy: Now and Forever. Kristin was a co-founder of Earth Day 1970 and worked on staff with House Beautiful Magazine and as a contributor to Town & Country Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and The Daily News. Her celebrity luncheon series for the Chairman of Ammirati & Puris Advertising at The New York Yacht Club was acclaimed, and she has also worked as a co-host and producer of Enough Is Enough a syndicated talk show for WLIW-TV, a PBS affiliate in NYC. Alexandre has worked as a publicist for The Economic Development Association of Puerto Rico and Champion International U.S. Plywood. She is a NJ Board Member of The Humane Society of America and resides in Delray Beach, Fl. and Nantucket , Ma. with her husband DeWitt.
Thank you for this interview, Kristin. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I started writing stories at an early age and offered my fee services to a locl newspaper at age 15—when I wrote about my experiences living with a French family. I always recommend writing for free---at first. Then I wrote for newspapers and magazines but this is my first novel.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
This is the story of a young girl named Neci—she is 19 from Dayton, Ohio and she survives the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 and the killing of her boss. Then she heads home with a stolen fortune an decides to make a new life with a new name. There are complications, to say the least.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I started with the story and did not worry about the genre..or even know what a genre was.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Getting it finished
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
A small press that I found when looking for an editor.
Was it the right choice for you?
It’s a hard time to be published because there is so much competition. You have to get out there and sell your own book.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and traditional press. And I use a great publicist, Charlie Barrett
How is that going for you?
Confusing but I am selling copies so that is good. Confusing because it’s hard to tell if people are reading it or not.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
The Facebook party was great and Tweets work.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes I also am a screenwriter and am pitching this story as a film.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Use social media like crazy!
Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
You can find me at