Interview with Alex Blythe

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small little seaside town on the NW coast of a small island unknown to humans, called England. A retirement place with no much going on except for the crazy weather. Friends at school used to compare to the Goon Docks (Goonies), only slightly more wet. My little town has more colourful characters than a small city, with ample stories to tell. These stories influenced me to tell my own, and scribble poems about the place I left behind.
When did you first start writing?
Yikes! About the age of 6. I used to emulate TV or films, write fanfic.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have my Acer Android with FBReader loaded. Or, if I'm feeling lazy (most of the time) Adobe Digital Editions on the laptop.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That word, that overused word: Freedom.
I've always respected Indie (having been an Indie musician in the past), and I know that expression, the freedom thereof, is one of the cornerstones of the Indie world. We're not restricted by market trends to keep cash flow going into the Big 5, we're only restricted by how much guts we have to stand up amongst giants with a slingshot and yell: Who's first?
What is your writing process?
20 cups of coffee and closing my eyes.
I write on the fly, especially with poems. I'm not a planner, although I have tried many times to sit down and meticulously refine every detail before beginning to type the first word. I find planning sucks my creativity into a bag of dried prunes.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing. Really. That sense of accomplishment.
Who are your favorite authors?
William Golding, Anthony Burgess, Ian Mcewan, Dean Koontz, HG Wells, Joseph Conrad...I think I could keep going till next week.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Robinson Crusoe. Defoe's style of writing, and being told it was one of - if not the first English novels ever written knocked my socks off. I was only about seven, took me about four months to read through it, but I finished it by wanting to be author.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pincher Martin by William Golding. A man stranded on a rock in the middle of Atlantic is one heck of a way to learn how to "show" and keep it interesting.
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan. Dry wit, great characters.
The Signalman by Charles Dickens. Okay, it's a short story, but there's something about Dicken's style that makes The Signalman one of those books you read with the light on.
Maya Angelou's Complete Poems. Varied, witty, heartbreaking and direct without showing you frills and flowers.
The last book has to be Domain by James Herbert. Two of my biggest fears, Nuclear War and rats, and the story stays with you.
What do you read for pleasure?
Poems, the classics, the "Literary" genre, whatever that is.
What are you working on next?
A hundred and one things. I have more poems, and a prose that's beings as stubborn as mule.
Published 2014-07-30.
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Books by This Author

Broken Things
Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
The author's upbringing, being homeless and observations and memories are all gathered into ten poems reflecting life in Northern England for a solitary individual.