Saturday, October 12, 2013

Interview with author Alexander Kavalier


Good morning, Alexander.  Welcome to the US.  We are happy to have you here with us this morning.  Tell us, what have you written? 
Two horror shorts in the “DESCENT INTO DARKNESS SERIES” these are “MEANT” and my most recent story, “A LIVING GHOST.  Meant is already available now, see links.
A Living Ghost, will be released on 15th October. My release party is on and there are lots of freebies up for grabs!
Meant, is about a young girl, who tragically believes she is the heroine of her own story and filtered by her delusions goes to ‘save’ her prince charming from the ‘wicked witch’. You are taken through Clarissa’s mind and watch as she justifies and rationalizes each moment up until the gruesome end.
A Living Ghost, follows jack’s tragic end to his life and how he then become a poltergeist. He goes from a happy young boy, and descends into darkness (as the series title states), we watch his progress, see him between worlds and move along with him until he gets his revenge.

What is your favorite genre to write?
I write both horror and poetry, it has often been said I have the soul of the poet and the mind of the devil. I love horror as it is cathartic and you can push the boundaries, but I adore poetry as you can express yourself and flow with the words, it is very freeing.

Favorite food.

Where would you like to visit?
I would love to travel, I’ve always wanted to go to America.

Yes, come.  We're a hoot!  Favorite musical artist.
Probably Eminem, he is quite poetic yet angry, it is an interesting mix, I can relate.

Do you listen to music when you write?  If so what?
No, I am far too easily distracted. I have to be in quiet with tea and chocolate on standby.

What makes you laugh?
Everything that shouldn’t, I have a warped sense of humor.

Oh, you are our kind of guy!  How old were you when you started writing?
Well school when I was forced to, but it was my late teens that I was told I had a talent and I began experimenting.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Real life, I write horror, I have often said to my publisher that I read worse horror stories in a woman’s gossip magazine, but of course they are full of abuse topics I would rather not touch.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
Scream. I have wrote a file on this in my authors group –
As it seemed to be a common problem with many of my friends at the time, the tips in there are from my university professor, mixed with my time from working in a writing development agency and life experience when it has happened to me.

Who is your favorite author?
Dennis Wheatley, he set me on my path.

Best book you ever read.
I couldn’t name one, there are too many.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My mother, she is a force to be reckoned with and has kept me and my siblings in check where we could have easily followed the herd and ended up in some bad situation. She taught me to have my own mind, strange though it is.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Hades, from Greek mythology. He overthrew his father only to be tricked by his own brothers and live in the underworld, I have always thought he would be a brilliant person/character to meet.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Don’t wait, start writing. I made excuses at first and it was all just fear, I would write but not show people, then when I did I put myself down, with age and experience my confidence has grown, but if it’s something you love then trust in yourself, I believe in gut instincts and if yours is telling you that you are a writer, then get writing.

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