Interview with Alex McGilvery

Who is your fictional best friend and what activities do you choose to do together?
I occasionally wonder if my life is a work of fiction, I certainly feel like one of my characters (You need to suffer more before you get to win the day!) But I’m guessing the question implies real life is not a work of fiction. So if I were to hang out with a fictional character it would be Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. That kid knows how to manage chaos, usually by adding more to the mix.
What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day?
Some days it is a hurricane, but lately it’s been more like a pea-soup fog. (Can anyone see the plot? Anyone? Hello?)
If you could combine any two animals to make a hybrid, what would they be?
The Greeks had all kinds of great hybrids, but they are more the crunching of human bones kind of beasties and there’s not a lot of call for that right now in my life. Last year, sure, but this year I’m thinking a monkey crossed with an octopus so there is at least one creature on the planet which can reach all the parts of my car’s engine without having to remove it. I’d keep the octopus’s brain. I hear their pretty intelligent. Maybe between mechanical jobs I could teach it to type.
You find a talking animal. What sort of animal is it and what’s the first thing you do?
I had a dog who talked, couldn’t understand him as I don’t speak dog well, but he was definitely trying to get a message across. probably ‘feed me’ or some variant of that. If I found a talking animal I could understand, I might break into the song from the Dr. Dolittle movie, the first one not the one with Eddie Murphy. One the other hand, if it was a large hungry animal, I might not as my singing has been known to annoy people who like singing.
Would you rather travel to the past or the future?
It really depends on the fare. I’m a cheapskate (comes from not being a best-selling author). If the fare was the same I’d probably travel to the future, then read a history book to find out what mistakes I made so I could go back and make different ones.
What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon? This strip. I told my counsellor I thought it was hilarious. I still do. She told me it was sad and showed how much I craved attention. I learned that comics are a lot more fun than therapy. I also learned to keep laughing.
You can rescue a fictional character from certain death or resurrect them to live again. Who do you save? Alternately, is there a fictional character deserving of death who you would like to destroy?
After being forced to watch most of a season of Vampire Diaries, I would like to destroy the entire lot of them. Permanently, not in the ‘I kill you, then you pop up in the next episode’ kind of way.
Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks.
You want me to do what?? The boss upstairs has a wicked sense of humour.
If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
What is the meaning of life? I would probably want to answer 42, but that’s been taken. I expect I will have to answer it by saying the meaning of life is to create meaning for others.

Thanks to Heidi Lynn Burke for the random questions. Read more from her at
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a book coming out in October which is a reboot of the zombie story. It involves ants, photography and of course, zombies.
Published 2016-06-30.
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Books by This Author

Wendigo Whispers
Series: The Spruce Bay Novels. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,560. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Terror and madness wait to strike... Something is stalking Spruce Bay.
The Princess of Boring
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Even Princesses get bored, but no one has time to coddle her.
The Regent's Reign: Belandria Tarot Book Two
Series: The Belandria Tarot. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,180. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Ruling a kingdom isn't easy, Surviving a pilgrimage isn't either.
The Devil Reversed: The Belandria Tarot Book One
Series: The Belandria Tarot. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,460. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Not all devils come from Hell. Marriette fights to make life better, but there are people who don't want it.
Tales of Light and Dark
Price: Free! Words: 16,890. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
Short Fantasy collection, new takes on fairy tales, and others which have a fairy tale feel.
Generation Gap
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,930. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Adventure » General
When age rules the country, it's hard being young.
Cry of the White Moose
Series: The Spruce Bay Novels. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,300. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jim and Leigh are back, and once again Spruce Bay is in trouble, but this time it's spreading further afield.
Calliope and the Sea Serpent
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 51,790. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Calliope is an artist, but she discovers an interest in engines, putting her in conflict with the man she has growing feelings for. When not only hers, but everyone on the ship's lives are at stake. It gets even more complicated.
The Gods Above
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,140. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Pranthi's life is about taking pictures, so it is a good thing she can make a living at it. Her world is put at risk when her shot of a man turning zombie becomes national news. It isn't the news which is the problem, it's that the zombies don't stop. Her lens can't help her in this new world.
The Heronmaster and other stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,990. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The Heronmaster is a collection of stories featuring a frog who goes to astonishing lengths to defend his pond, a wolf who must solve the disappearance of a bull moose from the woods, a red balloon and a man named Sammy, and lastly the story of a quiet farmer and a meteor he finds one winter’s night.
Sparkles and Blood
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 65,720. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Sparkles and Blood is a collection of four of my horror novellas, including a never before published story. From carnivorous frogs to a post-apocalyptic Beowulf, from the meeting of movie vampire with the real things to a teen at a Christian school who learns she's a witch, these are stories that may chill you, but not cover you with gore.
Sarcasm is My Superpower
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 32,590. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Only one more year to survive High School. It would be so much easier if Petunia could sit back and let the bullies take out their cruelty on Marilyn. Who had the body of every girl's dreams, only she wasn't a boy, but a girl. Loathed by the students, feared by the administration. Petunia was her only friend. Together, they may just make it through.
By The Book
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 34,840. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
They've never done anything that wasn't in The Book. This Tuesday, God sent them on a quest. Now, they're learning not everything is in The Book.
Playing on Yggdrasil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,640. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Justine makes friends with a tree after being bullied because her mother died two years before. She tells magical stories of another land, but they turn as dangerous as life in this world. It remains for her and her father to choose between a people who believe in peace, and those who trust in war.
The Unenchanted Princess
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,500. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Alexandra is a princess with no enchantment in a land where your enchantment is destiny. She and her friends fight to stop the return of evil magic to the land.