Critically acclaimed author of historical fiction, Alix Rickloff’s family tree includes a knight who fought during the Wars of the Roses (his brass rubbing hangs in her dining room) and a soldier who sided with Charles I during the English Civil War (hence the family's hasty emigration to America). With inspiration like that, what else could she do but start writing her own stories? She lives in Maryland in a house that’s seen its own share of history so when she’s not writing, she can usually be found trying to keep it from falling down. THE WAY TO LONDON is her latest release.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It usually takes me a year to eighteen months from the initial spark of inspiration to handing it off to my editor. And then more time to go through revisions and edits to get it to bookstore shelves.
Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A: Yes, and I’ve been one since about the fourth grade. It just took me a little longer to become a published writer. J
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: The list is an extremely long one, but I have to give top billing to Mary Stewart, Jane Austen, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Robin McKinley. Four very different genres with four very different styles, but they are all amazing!
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I don’t have time for hobbies, but I do enjoy reading and curling up on the couch with my family and a big bowl of popcorn to watch movies. I can justify both those activities as muse feeding.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: The short answer is: everywhere! Anything can jumpstart my what-if. It can be someone I meet, a newspaper article, a nugget of research that leads me down a rabbit hole or a combination of all three. Ideas are everywhere. It’s trying to decide which ones are worth pursing that’s the hard part.