Johnnie Alexander–Interview of the Day

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller and has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian. She also writes contemporary romances, cozy mysteries, and historical novellas.

She is a Serious Writer, Inc. and Mid-South Christian Writers Conference board member, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for her Novelists Unwind blog. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy.

A fan of classic movies, stacks of books, and road trips, Johnnie shares a life of quiet adventure with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing Papillon. Connect with Johnnie on her website and on Facebook.

Let’s learn a little more about Johnnie.

How or why did you become a writer?

“You have an imagination like I don’t know what.” That’s what a friend wrote in my autograph book way back in elementary school. Throughout most of my childhood, I was the heroine of the stories I made up while drifting off to sleep. For most of my adult life, I put the dream of writing stories in a box. Then the day came, when the box refused to stay shut any longer. I thank God for that!

Why do you write Christian Fiction?

I write both faith-based and general (clean/wholesome) market fiction. Even in the latter, inspirational themes organically appear. I am deeply grateful for the writing gift God has given me, and I aspire to honor Him with my stories.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Let’s see, in the past six years, I have moved from the Orlando area where I lived for about twenty-five years to Memphis to Tampa to Tulsa. I actually moved just last month into a different Tulsa home. It’s been a season of quiet adventure with highs, lows, and everything in between. A few highlights:

• For a time, my sister and I had our own alpaca herd;
• I shoved a huge and stubborn pig into a dog crate all by myself;
• A couple years ago, my sister and I flew to Barcelona with backpacks, Eurail tickets, and a vague itinerary. Our first week, we took the train from one European city to another. We spent the second week in Lisbon. So much fun!

Tell us a little about your books.

God has led me on a crazy path involving multiple publishers and genres. Even so, reviewers consistently comment on the emotional depth of my characters, the underlying spiritual themes, and the “can’t put it down” quality of my stories. My debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, seems especially notable for its WWII angst while my Misty Willow Series (Where She Belongs, When Love Arrives, and What Hope Remembers) resonates because of its strong sense of place and emphasis on family legacy.

Tell us a little about your current book. 

The Mischief Thief, my first indie novel published with The Mosaic Collection, is a light-hearted suspense featuring a con artist with a conscience and a minister without a ministry. Chaney Rose meets Adam Thorne after breaking into his home and taking a few items from his safe. But in a Les Miserables-inspired moment, Adam tells the arresting detective that he gave the stolen items to Chaney. So begins an unlikely friendship as the two team up to right a wrong and save a racehorse from an untimely death. This is the first story in the Rose & Thorne Series.


Why do you consider this book a modern-day parable?

Nothing is going right for Adam Thorne. His fiancée returned his engagement ring, a member of the church board handed him severance papers, and his father seems to be mixed up with a mobster’s missing racehorse. But when he meets Chaney Rose, a grifter from a family of grifters, he sees the tender heart beneath her protective wall. The grace he extends to her and the trust she places in him reflect the graciousness and trustworthiness of our Savior.

BOOK BLURB–The Mischief Thief by Johnnie Alexander

Two wrongs don’t make a right . . . except when they do.

For con artist Chaney Rose, life hasn’t been easy. In desperate need of cash, she readily agrees to find Mischief, a stolen racehorse. Hunting for clues, she breaks into the suspected horse thief’s home only to be caught—with a few pilfered items in her pockets—by the police detective who’s tailing her.

By-the-book Adam Thorne was fired from his church because of his father’s involvement with the valuable thoroughbred. In a burst of Les Miserables-inspired grace, Adam tells the detective that he gave Chaney the stolen items.

Adam wants Chaney to find his missing father. When Chaney learns that Mischief’s owner intends to kill the racehorse, she needs Adam’s help to expose the cruel plan before it’s too late.

Will a con artist with a conscience and a minister without a ministry risk imprisonment to do the wrong thing for the right reason?

Thanks so much, Johnnie for being our Interview of the Day. The book sounds wonderful.