Interview with Alexander Dingeman

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not quite. But I do remember the story that got me interested in writing. It could only be described as a "Super Parody" that I co-wrote with a friend. That's all I can say about it though, on the off chance it becomes a movie someday.
What is your writing process?
I usually start by coming up with a premise and thinking: "Why hasn't anyone made a story like this yet?" Then I take it upon myself to write that story. I often come up with the key plot points while spacing off in school or at work. I write off and on whenever I'm in the mood but if I ever go to long without writing then my characters will start having dialogues in my head and won't shut up until I put it on the page.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was way too young to remember the first story that I've ever read but I do remember reading "War of the Worlds" in 5th grade. I enjoyed that book so much that I went on to read other classic books like "1984" and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". I didn't understand the social commentary until I was older though.
How do you approach cover design?
Honestly I'm pretty lazy about that. Sometimes I draw my own covers but most of the time I ask someone else to make a cover for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Catcher in the Rye, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, War of the Worlds, Treasure Island, and the first Artemis Fowl. I thought they were interesting stories. It's as simple as that.
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually don't read for pleasure because I prefer visual storytelling. My reading usually consists of research for one of my plays or research based in curiosity of the subject matter.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My smartphone. I always have it on hand so it's convenient.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far giving stuff away for free has been the best advertising tactic. That's one advantage of using Smashwords since not evey distributer likes that sort of thing.
Describe your desk
Um... Desk? How professional do you think I am? The world is my desk!
Where did you grow up and how did this influence your writing?
I've spent my whole life so far in Des Moines, Iowa. It hasn't influenced my writing much because all of my stories take place in more interesting locations.
Published 2015-08-28.
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Books by This Author

Manifest Destiny
Price: Free! Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2017. Categories: Screenplays » Action Adventure, Screenplays » Drama
Three armies clash. Each controls a mysterious supernatural power. Only one will prevail.
Tough Love: Episode 7
Price: Free! Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Screenplays » Romance
It seems that the time has finally come to retrieve the Heart of Aphrodite! The limit of this new truce between Duke and the Mistress is sure to be tested. Meanwhile, an old threat reemerges.
Tough Love: Episode 6
Price: Free! Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2016. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Screenplays » Romance
Duke and the gang finally make it to what appears to be the temple of Aphrodite, but now there is a new problem. How are they going to get inside? As both the Mistress and Duke set out to unlock the door they discover that the only way to get what they want is to work together.
Tough Love: Episode 5
Price: Free! Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Screenplays » Comedy
The Mistress discovers that Duke is in possession of the map and now she's coming for him. Meanwhile, Duke attracts the attention of British tourist who has a knack for getting herself into trouble. Now Duke will have to keep this new girl's bad luck from rubbing off on him even as his own good fortune runs out.
Tough Love: Episode 4
Price: Free! Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Screenplays » Comedy
Duke and Wilt are now officially working for Professor Oblex, much to Lana's dismay. All three struggle to get used to working together however Lana remains skeptical when told about the curse. When Duke gets involved with a local singer it might just be Lana's chance to see the effects of the curse firsthand... If Duke can survive long enough that is.
Tough Love: Episode 3
Price: Free! Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Screenplays » Romance
By astonishing coincidence Duke runs into his ex-girlfriend from high school, Lana. While Duke recovers from the events that took place in the last episode the Mistress and her disciples gather information. As everyone follows similar leads a confrontation between them appears inevitable.
Tough Love: Episode 2
Price: Free! Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Screenplays » Comedy
Duke and Wilt fly from the United States to Greece in search of the Heart of Aphrodite. Meanwhile, the Cult of Aphrodite is mobilizing as well. As Duke tries to gather leads on where the Heart might be located he finds that living with the curse is becoming increasingly difficult.
Finish Him!
Price: Free! Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
What happens when videogame characters are called upon to answer for their crimes? This play attempts to address both the positive and negative effects that the gaming industry has on society. Popular characters are called up one by one as witnesses in court to provide real word examples of each issue while adding a touch of humor to keep you reading till the end.
Tough Love: Episode 1
Price: Free! Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Screenplays » Comedy
Tough Love is like a romantic comedy for men. When womanizer, Duke Butchmann, sleeps with the goddess, Aphrodite, and never calls her back she curses him with the power of love. Now Duke and his best friend Wilt must find a way to fix it before it's too late. However, in their quest they end up crossing paths with a mysterious cult. Presented in screenplay format.