Thursday, May 15, 2014

MEET HEROINE: J. Alex Cook (STARLING by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae)

Welcome to RWA/NYC’s Heroine Blog Tour.
This week, we are interviewing Heroines from New York’s Leading Romance Authors.  Some are candid, some are funny, all are wonderful.  We know you’ll fall in love with each and every one of them.  
(Psst--watch for their Hero’s interview next month!)

NOTE:   J. Alex Cook is in fact a man.   STARLING is a M/M Romance, but Alex was game to do the “heroine” interview.  He will make Paul (the “hero”) pay for this later.

Q:  First impressions count so what are you wearing? What do you look like?

Jeans I am ashamed of the cost of and a decent button-down because my publicist made me.

Q:   Are you a girly girl or a tomboy?

Wait. Did I get the girl questions? The Internet obsession with my gay romance is bad enough. High school wrestling team, rock climbing, and I’m a mean shot. Also, not a chick.

Q:   What do you do for a living? Do you like it?

I act. I am very, very good at it. No one is more puzzled by that than me. And yeah, I love it. Not the life I expected to have, but the one I expected to have was pretty terrible.

Q:   Tell us your story.  

Short version, my best friend and I moved to Los Angeles together because she wanted to be a star and I wanted to help make movie magic. Instead, I got discovered… twice. First by this madman whose show I was working on as a production assistant, and then by one of his writers. Love and fame would be hard for anyone, but I didn’t want either of those things. Now I’m a TV star, my best friend is furious, strangers take pictures of me in restaurants, and I’m fooling around with a guy ten years older than me who keeps making decisions for us without getting my input. I’m only 21 and when he plays house there’s no playing about it.

Q:  Describe the Hero of your story. Is he a Mr. Darcy or a Christian Grey?

Paul would definitely be neither, although I’m sure he’s had moments of fancying himself both.

Q:  Just between us, what do you like best about your Hero?

He treated me the same after I was famous as he did before. Normal is sexy. Also, his ass.

Q:   Do you prefer the bedroom door open or closed?

There’s always been a roommate or a cat. Love the cat, love the roommate too. Neither of them get to interact with my dangly bits though, thanks.

Q:  What TV show best describes your relationship with the Hero – Scandal or Game of Thrones?

I kind of stopped watching TV once I was on it. It’s too weird. The Internet would say Scandal though. Especially if they’re back on that nonsense about me hooking up with my co-star. Which totally didn’t happen. At all. Ever. I swear.

Q:   If your story is made into a movie, what actress do you want to play you?

Well, if it has to be a girl, Tilda Swinton I guess. But again! Boy. I hate the media. And I really don’t want anyone to make a movie about me. The point of acting is to disappear. Too bad Hollywood thinks it’s exactly the opposite.

Q:  Tell us about your authors.

 Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae's first novel, Starling, will be published on September 10, 2014; its sequel, Doves, will be out January 21, 2015. Both are from Torquere Press. Their short story "Lake Effect" will also be a part of Torquere's June 2014 anthology, They Do. When not writing romance, Racheline is a frequent essayist on pop culture topics, while Erin applies her knowledge of international relations theory to their screen-based projects, because conflict drives narrative. You can find them at"

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