Interview with Alexis Marshall

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working to pay the bills, enjoying museums, movies, american TV shows, making my friends laugh, learning new words in foreign languages...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love to check out books my friends enjoyed or I browse freely through Kobo and check out authors I've never heard of before. Sometimes, it ends up being a disastrous bore, but most of the time, it's a wonderful experience and I got hook to a couple young writers this way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a drama piece set in France. My characters were pedantic aristocrats and the storyline as well as the dialogues were terrible. I ended up burning it. I was 10. I did write stories for school assignments before that but this was the first draft I made all by myself.
What is your writing process?
Do not edit. At first. Just get the story out and fill pages and pages on my computer. Once I've reached the last word, I will go back and edit a lot. Usually, I'm typing so fast that there are a lot of typos, grammar errors and sometimes a character's appearance and name will have changed in the process. I first work on the spelling, grammar and punctuation, otherwise I'm unable to have a clear view of what needs to be edited as far as the story and characters are concerned. Then I organise all the information : draw the rooms, houses, streets where the story takes place, write detailed character sheets. Afterwards, I can go back to the draft and do the actual rewriting.
I also found out that setting the book aside for months helps. For my first book, I stopped working on it altogether for over a year before completing the last draft and the final formating.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love bit lit, steam punk and classical literature. I'm a big fan of Laurel K Hamilton's Anita Blake series but I've also repeatedly read all of Jane Austen's novels. The last book I read was Bridget Jones: Mad about the boy, which I thought was hilarious.
But don't get me started on comic books or I'll talk your ears off about the many many European comics that I own and have read!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kobo Touch. I never go anywhere without it.
Describe your desk
Usually a couch or an armchair. With a blanket. I would love to have a real desk but no place nor money for that.
What are you working on next?
Working on the sequel to my first book. It's going to be darker and in a completely different setting : new country, new characters, new everything, except for Elisabeth. Well... Sort of...
I will also be translating my first book in English over the next year.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Laurel K Hamilton, Raymond Queneau, J.K. Rowling, Kady Cross
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share a bit of my imaginary world with someone and knowing that my words are the reason for what they feel at a given moment, whether it's sadness, anger, laughter, disgust, tenderness, relief or joy.
Published 2014-03-02.
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Books by This Author

Alice
Price: Free! Words: 6,290. Language: French. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Alice n'était pas une tueuse née. Avant de déménager à Saintes, elle menait une vie calme et ordinaire : un travail régulier, une vie sociale raisonnable et des nuits reposantes. Mais certaines injustices peuvent faire naître une rage profonde et destructrice, que rien ne saurait contrôler. Ceci est l'histoire d'Alice, et de l'homme qui la fit sombrer dans une folie meurtrière.
L'Autre Femme
Price: Free! Words: 48,460. Language: French. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » General
Depuis l'abolition de la Cinquième République, la France revient des décennies en arrière vers un durcissement des moeurs. Dans cette France puritaine, Elisabeth se démarque par son goût de liberté. Elle a choisi de vivre sa vie comme elle l'entend mais Elizabeth doit faire face à la violence montante et sa vie bascule le jour où une autre femme au parcours sanglant entre dans sa vie.