Interview with Alexander Thomas

Who are your favorite authors?
Douglass Adams, Sarah Waters, and Bill Bryson.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that someone is enjoying reading my book as much as I enjoy writing it.
How do you approach cover design?
All of my covers are done by my good friend Saki. She is the only person who is as meticulous as I am with covers, but at the same time she is a far better artist than I am. When I make a cover with her, I describe what the story is about and she comes up with an idea. Watching her work is exciting and inspiring in itself. I couldn't ask for a better artist to work with :)
What do you do when you don't feel like writing but you know you should?
Usually when I get stuck on a small thing I just read over the last chapter leading up to that point and then I'm good. However, if I really feel like I can't write, I have a different approach.
I don't force myself. Often times I'll go for a walk and just think about something else. I feel my brain needs a break, and if I stay inside and force myself to think of how to continue the story, it's impossible to reach my goal. Even the most brilliant of minds need fresh air and new surroundings. It doesn't matter if my deadline is tomorrow, spending ten minutes to refresh is well worth it.
What is your relationship with your characters?
I feel like my characters are entirely separate from myself, but at the same time I can see pieces of me in all of them. I want my characters to be really easy to relate to. I know there's traits that people have and are afraid to share with others because they think they are strange or unacceptable.
My characters are not my children, my pets, or my friends. I don't even see them as my own creation because I didn't spend hours dictating how this person will work or what kinds of decisions they will make. Like any person, they exist of their own will and may change depending on their circumstances. The closest relationship that I can claim to my characters is that they are human, and that's the most important aspect.
What do you want readers to get out of your book?
Anything and everything. I want readers to feel for the stories as they see fit. I aim for a sense of understanding with my books, and for people to find parts of themselves that they couldn't find anywhere else. I want people to experience something new out of a situation that they thought was familiar. Watching fireworks could be exciting for most people, but what if it's depressing for someone? What if it makes someone realize they did something right? I want to assist people in seeing through as many lenses as possible, or even to enrich their lives with the feeling that they are not alone.
What inspires the plots to your stories?
There's different inspirations for each of my stories, but I'll start with Starfish. I know a lot of people that have the ick factor when thinking about homosexual couples, and I wanted them to just get in to the head of one person; Vince. Vince never saw himself as homosexual, and didn't have any experience with it at all. He had already figured out that he liked Tari, but from there it was all foggy. To any person who went through this familiar situation I feel that my story might be boring, but to anyone who is still on the fence about accepting this type of thing, I hope to lend understanding and a bit of entertainment.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't want to see them as beneath me at all, they are just people, really. They have their own talents, and I feel that I could learn a thing or two from them. Maybe they're great at decorating light fixtures, cooking traditional Moroccan cuisine, playing hand ball, or teaching Yoga. Perhaps they are writers like me who seek to enhance their particular style (which I take as the best compliment). No matter who they are I feel like I can learn something from them, just as much as they can learn something from me. The fact that they support my writing and even recommend my stories just blows my mind, and I love it.
What is your writing process?
I'm writing 4 books at the same time actually. It's kind of how I do things... which is why I could never have writing as my sole source of income. It started with my first book, Shiro Investigations, of which I still don't have the nerve to publish. I was stuck in a particularly troubling section of the book, and this person kept knocking at my head asking me to tell his story. Out of what I felt was pure procrastination, I wrote an entire novelette. It was technically the first book I finished, but Shiro Investigations soon followed, dragging it's feet might I add. Ideally I want to write an entire book in one go, perhaps writing everyday for a whole month with an endless pull to get the story out of me. Now I'm writing in a race against my ideas, having the plot down before I can change my mind.
What advice to you have for aspiring writers?
If you are like me and write so that others will read it, then just have fun with it. If you find something interesting, find a way to share it with your readers like you would a close friend. If you don't like the way a phrase sounds, then make up your own. Don't let insecurities about your writing stop you. You're not writing for the people that will dislike it, you're doing it for those who will enjoy it and get something good out of it.
If you write for another reason, I can honestly say that I do not have sufficient experience to give advice, but I wish you the best of luck on your endeavors.
Published 2014-12-06.
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Books by This Author

Anemone
Series: Starfish, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 14,740. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 1 review)
The sequel to Starfish. So Vince was able to confess to his best friend Tari. Tari seemed to accept Vince’s love but… then what? Neither of them had ever been with another guy before. On goes the story with the awkward yet blood boiling steps these two take to explore their different sex life and make a new relationship more complete.
In A Trance
Price: Free! Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
An unfriendly and rather apathetic psychologist spends an ordinary night at a bar, until he spots his prey. Another man is there, obviously riddled with his own problems and vulnerable enough for him to take advantage of. An affair of lust forms, with a mixture of desire and manipulation to get what they both want; satisfaction.
Starfish
Series: Starfish, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 16,980. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.00 from 1 review)
Vince tells his story, a tale of love that grew from a childhood friendship into the stages of early adulthood. Unfortunately his best friend Tari is taken, and it seems that there is very little time before Vince loses his chance to confess. His playful, immature, and comic personality brings life to his story, but will it be enough to capture Tari's heart?