Interview with Alex Alexander, author of Widdershins

10 May 2018

What can you tell us about your new release, Widdershins?

Widdershins is a steam punky, dystopian, adventure of sorts. It’s Dickensian meets voodoo. A world ruled by science with a dark magic undertone. Oh, and the main character’s a complete and utter numpty.

What’s on the top 5 list for best books you’ve ever read?

  • HitchHiker’s guide to the galaxy
  • Discworld – Mort or Equal Rites
  • Oliver Twist
  • Candide
  • Salem’s Lot

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m not sure. I’ve always just done what I love. And that happens to be hanging out in weird, upside down worlds.

What fictional literary world would you most like to visit?

Hmm, that’s a toss up between Discworld and Hitchhiker’s. I’ve heard great things about the restaurants in Hitchhikers. But the trip advisor reviews are better for Discworld.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Probably the magic. I quite enjoy stories revealing themselves to me. But only the ones that do it respectably, one bit at a time. I’ve got no time for promiscuous ones, the ones that are like “check me out, I’ve got a great ending!”

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

I spend rainy days with my moody cat Albie, drinking tea and finding new ways to tease him. It’s nothing personal. It’s a love hate relationship.

What scene in Widdershins was your favorite to write?

Oh. Lots of scenes. The best thing about Widdershins is that the characters behave in unexpected ways. I don’t know where things are going or how things ever get to where they are. It’s a whole lot of fun.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Just the usual. Write every day. Read lots. Don’t feed after midnight.


Alex Alexander is the author of the new book Widdershins

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