Interview with Alexander Jay Nelson

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It shows me what I'm capable of doing in my own mind.
What do your fans mean to you?
I got little attention as a kid, so I'm all for it now. Plus, I like entertaining people.
What are you working on next?
A sci-fi/fantasy novel set on another planet, about the social aspects of the human race living with an alien race -- only now humans are the aliens.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King and Arthur C. Clarke are some real favorites. But as a child I loved Jacqueline Wilson's stories because she always sets a more realistic scene. Her characters always deal with divorce, death, handicap, etc. Nothing like the smarmy Dick and Jane books from the '50s where a nuclear family lived happily ever after.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Dad says he will pour water in my ear.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I wish I could say drawing, but I really like playing Pokemon and watching things on Netflix. However, when I do get to work, I get obsessed and continue working for a long stretch.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
1st grade, The Prince and The Fart. Some prince in the woods meets a random princess and he accidentally farts. She gets angry and leaves. Childish, I know, but I was only five.
How do you approach cover design?
I prefer to draw covers myself, on paper. I can't do it digitally.
What is your writing process?
Listen to progressive rock for hours and make up something cool. My thinking music is Genesis, Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember that I discovered Calvin & Hobbes when I was four, and that was my first life-changing experience. A big percentage of what I am today comes from those comics.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I went to some bad schools and I was bullied a lot. The anger I felt made me write instead of fight back.
Published 2015-08-04.
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Books by This Author

Concerning Eugene
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,250. Language: American English. Published: September 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In early 1964, a high school freshman named Eugene D. Fowler finds himself on the verge of suicide. He is accused of murdering a man found torn to pieces on his living room floor, and there's no way out for young Eugene. He is the living proof of darkness lurking in a world of superficial innocence. In his own way, he participates in the birth of the change that fueled the mid-sixties in America.
Diary of an Abomination
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,550. Language: American English. Published: September 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Coming of age
Elias Jackovich writes the details of a plan to shoot up his high school with 3 friends, armed to the teeth. But can love stop him in his tracks and make him think twice about massacring the school?
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,360. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
In the fall of 1994, the island town of Davenport, NY is panic-stricken when an adolescent boy is found dead in the woods, and 16-year-old William Miller discovers a talent for story writing he didn't know he had. But he also has a new passion, a dark secret that no one can know. Except you.