Interview with Alex Rushmer

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the very first story I read (it was probably Doctor Seuss), but I remember my dad reading the Harry Potter series to me at a very young age. From that point forward, I knew that I wanted to be like J.K. Rowling. That story has really been a driving force in my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a story involving young kids fighting demons and trying to get to their dad in Bellingham.
How do you approach cover design?
I've only done one cover so far, but I always just see it in my head. I usually think of the main idea of the story and go from there. A lot of times it seems like the title dictates what the cover should look like.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Unspeakable by Kevin O'Brien. I love that story because it is full of suspense and I love the main character. The Flames of Rome by Paul L Maier. That is a great story because it really conveys what was going on during the time of Nero and the fall of the Roman Empire. I loved Divergent by Veronica Roth, although I didn't like the other books in the series, because I liked her writing style. Then I loved the Harry Potter series and the Dragons in our Midst series. Those were good because of the strength of the messages they possessed. But I have read so many books that I love. :)
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read fantasy, but here lately I've been reading thrillers by Kevin O'Brien, which I've really been enjoying. I read just about everything except for romance and horror.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly, I don't do any e-reading. If I did, it would be on my Kindle though. I like the feel of paper in my hands.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found that posting to Facebook is super helpful, especially when my friends reshare the posts. It gets all over the web. However, I also try to market through Pinterest and my blog. Really, I'm still just learning.
Describe your desk
Ha! Which one?! Two of them are barely visible under a stack of books and papers. Usually they're overflowing with drafts and papers and books that I haven't even read yet.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Well, technically I'm still growing up, but I live in southwest Washington. I am the oldest of three sisters -- soon to be four. My house is full of bookshelves, and I know that one of the first stories dad read me was the Harry Potter series. I think that doing so much reading for school and having such a fun family really helped me and freed me in the writing process. I have always had an overactive imagination. Writing is how I keep from overloading.
When did you first start writing?
When I was probably twelve years old. I was doing it simply because I had to. My overactive imagination kept me from concentrating and made it hard to sleep at night. I've been writing ever since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a story that involves an alternate dimension and an evil that is trying to find a way to take over society. I'm trying to use the story to show some spiritual truths that I believe are true and also some of my opinions on genetic experimentation.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to have the satisfaction of saying that I have published a story. They provided me with a way to start building my foundation as an author. And free, no less. I really appreciate all that this site is doing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating worlds and people and stories that would not exist if you hadn't brought them into existence. I just love that.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are AWESOME. I really appreciate all that they do for me and the support they give! I just want to say thank you!
Published 2015-05-05.
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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The fictional story of a young man who faces his society's coming of age ceremony. He must not only overcome his disability and the stigma that goes along with it, but also the literal monster under his bed.