When and why did you start writing?
I’ve been writing my whole life! I remember writing short stories about the animals in our backyard when I was maybe six or seven. More recently, I began writing full time about three and a half years ago. Until then I was the co-producer of Sirius XM Book Radio. My whole job was to read and interview authors–everyone from Stephen King to Anne Rice to Neil Gaiman. The station unfortunately went off the air, and I decided to take everything I learned from the hundreds of authors I spoke to, and write my own books.
What inspires your writing?
When I was doing interviews, the authors would tell me their characters spoke to them. I thought that was nuts until it happened to me. It’s a strange and wonderful feeling, having voices speak through you.
How would you define creativity?
Trusting yourself enough to let what’s in your mind manifest itself.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
Knowing it’s either get words on the page or go find a ‘normal’ job is very inspiring!
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
I was so excited about having written something that I wanted to show everyone. That was a mistake; no one wants to or should have to read a first draft! Also, listen to advice, but don’t be handcuffed by ‘rules for writers’.
What do you believe make for great writing?
Personally, I love big, immersive worlds and characters I can fall in love with. I love audacity and luscious language.
Which writers have influenced your writing?
Anne Rice, Frank Herbert, Michael Moorcock, China Mieville, many others.
How do you measure success as a writer?
I recently got some fan art. That blew me away.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
Not really. If something isn’t working, chuck it or fix it. I think you have to decide when something is finished, and when you hit the point of diminishing returns.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
I worry about money. I think most of us do. So going unnoticed, I suppose.
What traits do you feel make a great writer?
Making your audience have to find out what happens next.
Describe your latest book to our readers
In my first novel, The Sand Prince, our hero is a misfit; he’s the prince of a magical race of people but has no magic of his own. He finds a book written by a human–the only such book on his world, and becomes obsessed with visiting the human world, which is forbidden. He thinks it’s the greatest book ever written, and I excerpt it liberally in The Sand Prince itself. It turns out to be a bodice-ripping romance novel called The Claiming of the Duke, and I’ve just written and released the entire book which sent Prince Rhuun on his journey. So it’s a book within a book which became a real book. Whew! Long explanation!
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
That satisfying feeling of traveling to a new world, one they could see and smell and remember as if they’d walked the streets of Eriis themselves.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Edit but trust your gut.
Can you give our audience a writing prompt to help get them writing?
Look, I really think my cat is trying to tell me something. Maybe you can figure out what it is?
What’s next for you?
I am currently deep into the third volume of The Demon Door. The Glass Girl should (I hope!) be released next spring. In addition, I have a short novel called Pure, a paranormal romance about a troubled young woman who rescues a unicorn, which is due for release in Spring.
International bestselling author, Kim Alexander presents book one of the epic fantasy saga that brings action and adventure to a new level.
Two worlds, bound by magic, divided by a door.
On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive…
On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old men and children still guard The Door between the worlds…
Rhuun, the Prince of Eriis, uncovers a forgotten book written by a human, sparking an obsession with the other world. When he is forced to flee Eriis, he must escape through The Door or pay the price in blood.
The humans of Mistra are not what Rhuun was expecting—and one insufferable young woman in particular is about to find out that the demons of Eriis are not mythological after all…