Barb's Writer Friends: Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Today I welcome author Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra to do my quick question interview and tell us about her intriguing book, THE COIN.
Someone just gave you the best compliment ever.  What was it?
They were surprised my novels were actually interesting and exciting.  LOL.
You have no choice but to live your life from now on as one of your characters.  Which character is it and why?
Gabriela, hands down.  She has a man whose type of love is rare, her career is at its height, and her children are at an age I wish mine were still at.
You can never write another work of fiction.  What will you do instead?
What??  What??  Seriously??  I would find a way.  Probably learn how to draw and create the illustrations for Manga books.
You get a month off from your regular personal life and writing routine.  You can spend it doing which of the following?  Feel free to elaborate.
Reading – Take my books with me (Kindle or iPad) while I’m traveling to the places I’ve wanted to visit.
Traveling – This is my dream, to travel to all the places I have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet.
Cooking – Nah.  I want someone to cook for me for a change and bring me a ton of piña coladas while I lounge by the beach or pool.
Sleeping – have plenty of back-sleep to catch up on.  I can do it while in a nice hotel room somewhere in the world.
You get one do-over from your life so far.  What is it? 
To erase the regrets done with family.
Name one person who has either influenced you the most or you learned the most from and why.
My mother…for her courage, strength of spirit, and determination.
Thank you Maria Elena. Now tell us about your book!

What’s THE COIN about?618f7jxaIXL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Who ever thought a coin could get you killed?

A cunning killer trusted his secret was safe, an innocent woman holds the key to his destruction, and an intelligence officer must keep her alive before the madman can strike the fatal blow.

When Gabriela Martinez finds a mysterious coin in the French Riviera, she is thrust into a struggle between governments, terrorists, and madmen, all seeking knowledge she doesn’t know she has. Richard Harrison, the intelligence officer assigned to protect her, has all he can do to keep her safe.  But when the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela escalate beyond his control, Richard must find a solution, if not, it may be too late for them both.

Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of hatred, betrayal, love and duty—of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph.

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Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a romantic suspense author with a unique point of view. Her adventure novels take place in locales across Europe and the United States, reflecting her international upbringing and extensive time as a global traveler. In her duology, The Coin and The Book of Hours, her characters, Gabriela and Richard, walk the same paths as their creator, though her life was never in so much danger.

Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s writing career began circa age thirteen with a very juvenile science fiction short story, but the writing bug hit, and she has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since. She has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher (and not necessarily in that order—she likes variety) and holds a Masters in English literature. She loves to hear from readers and, when not writing, roams around to discover new places to set her novels.

Ms. Alonso-Sierra is currently working on her third novel, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog, Amber.

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  1. It was so nice to have this chat together, Barb. Thank you for this opportunity. Hope your readers enjoy!

  2. Thanks for sharing your book with me and my readers, Maria. We all enjoy finding a new-to-us author!

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