Interview with Alexander Edlund

What is your writing process?
I see scenes like a movie playing out in my head, usually invoked by music. The first time this happened I was sitting in bed when this piece of music came on the radio, and I had a vision of a woman running through a forest of epic trees. I grabbed a pencil and started writing furiously. I still have that sheet of paper. It is the opening scene to A Woman Warrior Born. The question then becomes, why is she running? What happens next? For that I usually need more music, but I have little control over the scenes I see. They come in discontinuous flashes like a movie cut into random pieces, sometime separated by years or decades of story time. Characters appear, as do places, battles, love scenes, sometimes entire sections of plot. My job as a writer is to then weave a narrative thread that binds these scenes together to give them pace and meaning in a real story arc.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first time I can recall seeing an entire world in my mind from simply hearing words occurred before I could read. It happened on a cross-country road trip where my parents read the Lord of the Rings out loud, turning the endless road miles into a traveling dream of Middle Earth. Later, after reading every book in the local library collections of fantasy and science fiction, I began seeing and telling stories of my own.
How do you approach cover design?
I create my own covers. I incorporate my photography, purchased stock photographs, and Photoshop. As Mark points out, finding a book to read is at first a visual experience. A cover is a promise to the reader–here you will find this kind of story. It's very important to me that my covers reflect a core aspect of the novel. It can be tough to choose a cover theme when a novel has more than one major theme and feel. Keelic and the Space Pirates is a good example. The first part of the book is about a boy moving to a frontier world, and the problems he has with culture and being unique. As the threat to that world emerges, the story evolves into high adventure. I chose a peak moment from that adventure for the cover. Everything in the story from page one leads to that moment. Keelic is there because of the decisions he's made along the way.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on the Kindle, iPad, and iPhone. These days I read more on the iPad than anything else. The exception are books I use for study and research. I like to take notes in the margin, and neither the Kindle nor the iPad come close to the utility of a physical reference book filled with notes in the margins.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a third book in the Keelic saga, and Volume 2 of the Book of Banea.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There is a whole new world opening up out there and I wanted to be a part of it. Indie publishing is independence, free will, and an open road for creativity and community. There is nothing better for the creative soul who wants to share their written visions. Write what you want to write, and share it with the world. How fantastic is that?
Published 2013-11-10.
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Books by This Author

Keelic and the Pathfinders of Midgarth
Series: The Keelic Travers Chronicles. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,230. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
It's the toughest school in space, and he's years behind—build a crew, learn astrogation, play war games—but Keelic doesn't just play at war.
Keelic and the Space Pirates
Series: The Keelic Travers Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 70,760. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.00 from 1 review)
When Keelic Travers turns an abandoned battleship simulator into his personal playground he unwittingly trains himself in the lost skills of an age of war and steps into the path of history's most hated space pirate—an unstoppable man who consumes entire worlds.
Fire Borne
Series: The Book of Banea, Book 3. Pre-release—available December 14, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Mericsland is about to fall. Breea charges her army into the whirling heart of the war to save Carsythe, the lone city holding back the Kaul invasion. With Breea are three song weavers, young children who know even less than she of the ways of the essence. Together they must learn to blend essence and weave in unison or see their souls consumed by the most powerful enemy Breea has faced yet.
Come the Wind
Series: The Book of Banea, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,380. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In Come the Wind, bestselling Alexander Edlund continues the thrilling epic begun in A Woman Warrior Born. With the dark visions of Breea's future coming true, Breea can see no choice but the path of war, and sets out with an army to break the siege of Carsythe, only to find that the key to victory lies in the hearts of children who know nothing of their destiny.
A Woman Warrior Born
Series: The Book of Banea, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 99,880. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.67 from 6 reviews)
Breea Banea is poised to become the youngest female scholar in a thousand years, but before her testing can begin, she finds herself hunted by a beast of elemental malice in the shape of a white wolf. When she learns that her entire life has been planned to enable her to survive this battle, she sets out to find the priest who called at her birth, "A Warrior is Born."