Interview with Alex Bergauer

What's the story behind your latest book?
You know how they say that you have your whole lifetime to prepare your debut but only 6 months to do a follow-up?

Well, let's cross that bridge when we come to it. Right now these 33000 words (give or take) are all I could scrounge up, with almost 27 years worth of experience on this planet.

If people like it there'll be more.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I heard there's a big buck to be found in this racket. I used to be a neurosurgeon, but found that getting into people's heads was more trouble than it's worth.
Describe your desk
Worn-down headphones;
A 5.1 audio system that's been reduced to 2.1;
Pieces of gum everywhere;
A bottle of Apple-flavored water;
Abundant cat hair;
A used harmonica;
Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut's a big one, even though I disagree with him. Cigarettes are a terrible way to commit suicide.
Thomas Pynchon can be electrifying when you're in the mood, as is F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Liviu Rebreanu is by far my favorite Romanian author.
As for non-fiction, you can't go wrong with Bill Simmons, Chuck Klosterman and the inimitable David Foster Wallace. RIP
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Slaughterhouse-Five - I must've read it at least 5 times and I always discover something new in it
The Great Gatsby - the closest thing to a Great American Novel
Inherent Vice - Most fun I've ever had reading a book
Rascoala - the Great Romanian Novel if such a thing even exists
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually I am driven by an irrepressible urge to pee.
Otherwise, there's rent to pay and cat food to be bought.
When did you first start writing?
As a wee little boy I wrote detective stories. Mostly Hercule Poirot rip-offs where the butler did it. I graduated to plays and scripts and now I'm back to fiction. Funny how that works.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do freelance work. Writer-for-hire gigs online. So still bloody writing.
Basketball's fun, though. So is making out.
What do your fans mean to you?
Nobody wins unless everybody wins. Fans are the lifeblood of any industry. In addition to paying for rent, they also keep any artist on their toes. So, thank you, imaginary fans. I hear you all have good taste in wine.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a big album cover fan. So I usually think of it in terms of what will have the biggest visual impact and maybe even give a clue or two about the story. As far as influence goes, I kinda dig those ridiculous prog-rock album covers from the 70's, even though I'm not sure I'd have the balls to try something like that.
What music do you like?
Listening to music is the most fun a person can have with their clothes on.
I like guitars and cheap synthesizers. So, mostly indie rock but some classic pop and rap as well.
Stuff like Destroyer, Los Campesinos!, Robin and the Backstabbers, Steely Dan or Kendrick Lamar really floats my boat. I <3 Makonnen.
What are you working on next?
A short story about life in the suburbs. Maybe another novel, one with better sex scenes. We'll see.
What's your favorite drink?
Glad you asked. Port wine, bar none. Tawny if you have it, although Ruby will do in a pinch.
Published 2015-05-07.
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Books by This Author

There Are Powers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,660. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Inspirational
In a sleepy mountain town, a group of teenagers keep themselves busy throughout summer by organizing The Game, a competition which turns the city into a colorful battleground between the myriad teams vying for first place. But when an unlikely group arrives in town and starts causing havoc, it's up to Felix and his friends to set things right again.