The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine, by Alexandrea Weis, is 240 paperback pages of paranormal romance for lovers of French Quarter ambiance. Weis’ tale holds a veiled candle to historical fiction and kindles a steady heat through a scenic exchange of modern and vintage New Orleans culture. Passion ignites into desire until the female protagonist Danica Giles stands no ghost of a chance for boredom behind the closed doors of her haunted cottage on Rue Dumaine.
Author Alexandrea Weis is a New Orleans native who began her writing career at a very young age. Alex detailed in her bio that she “learned to tell stories from a different perspective…having been brought up in the motion picture industry.” During a recent panel held at the Metairie Branch of the Jefferson Parish Library in Louisiana, Weis explained how after “growing up with a director” and spending her childhood “on movie sets” it is second-nature for her to “dissect a movie.”
“Script plays an important part,” said Alexandrea, “and if you are going to write anything, know your characters. If they are not real to you, they are not going to be real to your readers.”
Weis’ brings an especially “real” quality to one of her ghosts of Rue Dumaine, the fictitious yet tangibly written Gaston Deslonde. Throughout the story, the presence of the ghost demands attention in sensory detail when his proximity evokes the “smell of cigars and brandy.” With his “thick chest” and “sky blue eyes,” this leading ghost of a man is effectively ethereal and human and imperfect. His desires to capture the spirit of Weis’ modern New Orleans lady bring him to personal sacrifice. This ghost couldn’t be more dashing by Alex’s descriptions as he struggles through the changes time itself has come to inflict on a gentleman from the mid-1800’s. Gaston is believably flummoxed by contemporary women’s views and attire,
During the library panel, Weis explained that when she is creating characters, she often thinks of someone she’s met in a movie or someone she has seen. When atombash.com New Orleans Literature asked about her inspiration for the book, Alex was kind enough to share the following.
“The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine came from growing up among the haunted structures of the French Quarter,” said Weis. “Everyone in the Quarter always complained about their ghosts, and the story is set in the cottage on Dumaine Street where I was raised. I wanted to create a spooky, yet very real story about the city. Something the reader could get lost in, learn a little about my fabulous hometown, and also fall in love with the characters.”
Infusing the essence of the city, the traditions and the people of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that “creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable.” The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine won an Honorable Mention in the Paranormal category of the 2014 InD’Tale Magazine RONE Awards. The story has elements of passion, mystery, horror, eternal love and personal conflict. Things really get interesting when a love triangle develops and Danica must choose between the living and the dead.
During the library panel, when asked what author she most admires, Alex had a refreshing reply. She picked up on the characterization skills used by Ian Fleming in creating James Bond. She lauded Fleming for the exacting detail of Bond’s appearance, how he dressed, what he ate, what he drank, and for keeping up the same exact character traits book after book after book.
Alexandrea appeared on the Metairie library panel as part of a promotion for her upcoming appearance at UndeadCon 2015. “Loved working with the wonderful Sue Quiroz during the UndeadCon writers’ panels,” said Weis. “She is such a staunch supporter for local writers in and around New Orleans. Her efforts help so many writers. I will always be grateful for her kindness.”
Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife as a permitted and certified wildlife rehabber with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, She lives with her husband and pets, including a raccoon named Rodney, in New Orleans.
Alexandrea Weis’ next release is slated for Sept. 14. Rival Seduction is Book 6 of her erotica Cover to Covers Series. Cover to Covers won the 2015 Penned Con Award for Best One-Liner: “I would rather fail a thousand times with you than never take the chance.”
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