Like any good Southern belle Kianna Alexander wears many hats: a loving wife, doting mama, advice-dispensing sister, and grabbing girlfriend. She’s a voracious reader, an amateur seamstress and occasional painter in oils. Chocolate, American history, sweet tea and Idris Elba are a few of her favorite things.
Kianna has been writing since she was a shy, introverted child of about ten. Her stories provided an escape from the world that sometimes seemed harsh and uncaring.
She was in high school when she discovered romance novels. She read her mother’s untouched collection of Harlequin novels, and read the occasional clench-covered tome in the library. At sixteen, she picked up Beverly Jenkin’s Night Song. That book changed her life, and that’s when the writing bug bit.
At first, she listened to the voices around her deciding a career path. “You’re good with kids,” people said. “You should be a teacher.” So she enrolled in college and majored in Elementary Education. In her junior year, she was stuck in a classroom with a bunch of second graders and dropped out of college at year’s end.
She married her childhood sweetheart and settled down in a military town. While her husband worked, she cooked, cleaned, did cross-stitch. Then, a fateful thing occurred, her husband had a health scare while training out of state, and Kianna stayed with a cousin to be near her husband and during those four months at her cousin’s home, she wrote her very first book- Skye’s the Limit.
Kianna says: "I write in several subgenres of romance, from historical to paranormal, and from sweet to erotic. In everything I write, however, my goal remains the same: to present African Americans in a truer, more positive light than other forms of media tend to do. This isn’t a crusade but is instead reflective of the Black men and women I know personally. The women are strong, beautiful, resilient and resourceful. The men are upstanding, affectionate toward their families, intelligent, and secure in their manhood. The negative images I see on my television screen do not mesh with the men and women I know, so I seek to give them a voice."
"There is enough negativity in the world, especially when it comes to the way African Americans are portrayed. I am not going to perpetuate it."