Alex Ames

Biography

Alex Ames always dreamed to -- but never dared to -- become a famous jewel thief or computer hacker or super spy. After some consideration the only morally feasible option was to become a writer and to create „To Catch a Thief meets Stephanie Plum”.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Carly Simon, the great singer songwriter of the Seventies, had the line in one of her songs: "People who have no hills write songs about the plains." I grew up in 100% whitebread suburbs and the first foreign person I ever met was probably an Egyptian immigrant who had spent 16 of his 18 years already in my hometown. Nothing ever happened there, no murders, no catastrophes, no violence, no bullying...
That probably developed my liking for adventure stories with shoot outs, car chases, abandoned ghost ships and plane crashes in the desert.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I am born with a "story-gene". The first story I wrote when I was about six years old and it was called "Alexander and Armin in Africa" -- my parents still have it stored somewhere. Something to do with my little brother and myself on the River Nile and crocodiles.
But seriously: the first real story I wrote was a book called "Stories end" - describing the last night of a group of friends together as they make their way through bars and parties. I never published it but it taught me three important points about writing:
1) There is a story in me that needs to get out
2) Endurance! One page after another from the beginning to the end
3) Writing is not only creativity. It is creativity, handywork and marketing.
Especially point three: my first story was born out of creativity, but it was missing handywork and marketing. Something I developed in stories 2, 3, 4, 5... - hopefully.
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Books

Troubleshooter
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,740. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
One hundred million dollars have gone missing from the accounts of Strom Defense Industries. A underwhelming assignment for ex-soldier-ex-spy-turned-financial-controller Paul Trouble. But soon the case turns into murder and mayhem, and Paul will need all his former skills to stay on top of the game.
A Brilliant Plan
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,160. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Just a regular job.... Get in, crack the safe, fetch the diamonds. That‘s what hobby cat burglar and acclaimed jewelry maker Calendar Moonstone has aimed for. Instead she finds a dead body, meets a handsome Detective, has a nosey insurance investigator on her tracks and manages a complicated boyfriend situation. And must solve a century old jewelry mystery!

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