Interview with Alex Siegel

When did you first start writing?
Twenty years ago, I took a class in creative writing at a local community college. I had always been interested in the idea of writing, but that class was when I started to take it seriously. Every year since, writing has been a bigger and bigger part of my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I spent several years trying to get the attention of traditional agents and publishers. I have a very thick stack of rejections to show for my trouble. I knew my stuff was good, and I wasn't ready to abandon my dreams, so eventually, I self-published. I'm still satisfied I made the right decision.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I really enjoy creating new worlds and bringing characters to life. It's like living in a dream of my own design. A secondary joy is supportive feedback from fans. I love sharing my vision with others and seeing them have the same kind of fun with it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans really keep me going. Writing a novel can be a very difficult chore at times. It's hundreds of long hours spent alone with nothing but my imagination for company. When a fan tells me they love my work, it makes the struggle worth it.
What are you working on next?
I've been working on the Gray Spear Society series for 5 years now. Thirteen books are published, and I'm working on number 14. The title is Teller of Lies.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a very demanding, full-time job which has nothing to do with writing. I also have a wife and three boys (they are triplets). Writing is my passion, so I find time for it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That was a long time ago, but it was probably a fantasy short story. I grew up reading fantasy and science fiction, and that was where I started as a writer. I wanted to create worlds that were fantastic but also conformed to some kind of logical framework. I'm an engineer by training.
What is your writing process?
It takes me about four months to write a novel. I spend two to four weeks on the outline, four to six weeks on the first draft, three weeks on the second draft, two weeks on the third draft, and two weeks on the final draft. I get editorial feedback during the later stages of the process. I strongly believe in writing with a strong, detailed outline in hand. It prevents a lot of frustration and rewrites later in the process.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a professional artist who produces my covers. I come up with the basic idea, and we throw it back and forth until we're both satisfied. She's a great artist, and I value her opinion on what would make a great cover.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find mailing lists work well if they are properly targeted. In general, ads work best when they reach readers that are specifically interested in my kind of writing. Blanket tweets and posts to an unfiltered audience are an expensive waste of time.
Published 2014-03-29.
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Books by This Author

Shards of Reality
Series: Seams in Reality, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,330. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
SHARDS OF REALITY is the fourth and final book in a series which begins with Seams in Reality. Lies, betrayals, and massacres have ruined the fragile peace between normal people and the community of sorcerers. The apprentices, Andrew and Charley, must build a path to peace, but they have a formidable adversary. The director of the Bureau of Physical Investigation wants to see sorcery banished.
Breaks in Reality
Series: Seams in Reality, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,690. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
BREAKS IN REALITY is the third book in a series which begins with Seams in Reality. Phillip is a young boy with the mind of an old master sorcerer. He plans to take control of every sorcerer in the United States. Andrew and Charley, two apprentice sorcerers, must stop Phillip. Andrew is still in his first year of training, but his unique talents make him the best man for the deadly mission.
Cracks in Reality
Series: Seams in Reality, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110,190. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
CRACKS IN REALITY is the second book in the Seams in Reality Series. Two apprentices are on a mission to kill Blake, master sorcerer and fugitive from justice. Andrew is a war mage, a genius at psychic combat. Charley is a young woman who can command physical forces. Their instructor, Tonya, will turn the two teenagers into warriors, if they can endure the extreme mental and physical challenges.
Seams in Reality
Series: Seams in Reality, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 101,300. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
SEAMS IN REALITY is the first book in the Seams in Reality Series. As a freshman in a suburban college, Andrew leads a mundane life until he meets Tonya. She is secretly a master sorcerer, and she invites him into a conspiracy of magic. When Andrew meets Blake, a sorcerer who knew his brilliant grandfather, Andrew becomes embroiled in a game of lies and treachery. He must stop Blake at any cost.