Interview with Alma Alexander
Changer of Days, Fractured Fairy Tales, and The Second Star
Please tell me a little about your current work in progress.
Currently wibbling between several projects to embark on – a science fiction novel, an urban fantasy, a historical fantasy, or an epic fantasy follow-up story on my “Changer of Days” novel which has just been released as a 20th anniversary edition. I am leaning towards the SF book mainly because one of the characters is turning insistent – but I haven’t made up my mind yet….
Where did you get the idea for this book or series?
If we’re talking about the science fiction novel I mentioned in question 1…the roots of it lie in a dream. I’ve done that before, for stories – dreamed either the whole thing or a beginning which then gets embroidered on and expanded as I start to think more about it.
Do you write in more than one genre?
Yes. Several. But mostly I swim in “fantasy” waters, with various subgenres coming into play.
Tell me about something that you believe makes your writing unique or worthy of attention.
I build good worlds, I am told. I am also told I create memorable characters who stay with the reader long after the book is over. I’ll take either as a massive compliment.
Is there anything about your personal history or personality that manifests strongly in your writing?
A great writer and a literary idol of mine once told me that the fact that I read and write a lot of poetry makes my voice a unique one – there is a certain lyricism that translates through into the prose. My love of language shines through.
What else would be helpful for readers to know about you?
I truly enjoy hearing from readers who liked my stories. So don’t hesitate to contact me (there’s a helpful form to do so on my website…)
Excluding your own work, what underrated author or book would you recommend that more people read? Why?
There is a book by a new author coming out very soon and all I can say is, keep an eye out for Colm O’Shea in 2022…
Which of your books do you most highly recommend? Why?
That would depend on what kind of thing you want to read right now. I would seriously suggest going to the Book Table on my website and browsing for whatever sort of thing takes your fancy at this moment. There’s sure to be something there that will qualify.
Which break, event, decision, or fortuitous circumstance has helped you or your writing career the most?
There is a novel – “Secrets of Jin Shei” – that sold internationally in a dozen languages, and helped to buy my house with its royalties. That helped… with everything.
I don’t know. Perhaps the perfect question hasn’t even been asked yet and I don’t know I miss it…
Do you have a catch-phrase or quote that you like? What is it? And why do you choose it?
Something I am often quoted on: “If you want to be a writer, nobody can stop you. If you don’t, nobody can help you.” It all lies within you, your passion, your dreams, your faith. If that is something that a person wants, a life of words, then they should pursue it with everything they’ve got.
Thanks to Alma for participating.
As for what I've got cooking: In two weeks I'll be participating in a give-away with D.J. Butler and some other fabulous authors. Watch for a link to enter.
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August 1, 2022