Interview with Alexander Holmes

How do you approach cover design?
Well, I thought the funniest thing would be the truth. My book, after all, is about going to college and all the funny and disappointing moments of life after it. I was sitting around thinking that I needed something that screamed the point I was trying to get across. It wasn't long before it just hit me that I should take my graduation picture and my picture from working at a local rental car company. When I took the picture at the car company, I thought it was the funniest thing ever. That's a story I've got to tell. I had to go to one of our satellite locations, but the owner of the building locked us out of our office - so I was stuck in the parking lot renting cars out of a Toyota Corolla. It was so sketch that I actually had one customer stop me and ask why I wasn't in the building. They sat in the parking lot for about a good ten minutes before they decided to rent the car figuring that if I wasn't legit then they would at least have a car. If the cover shot doesn't make you LOL - then that story sure will.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Normally, I'm seen with a book in my hand wherever I go - and that's really funny to say because I'm not a big reader and I didn't read my first full novel until I was in about the eight grade, but I'll never forget it because it was stupid funny. The book is called My School is Worse Than Yours. It was one of the only books that actually held my attention the entire way through. I always thought school was boring, and reading that book just made fun of all the nonsensical things that goes on in a school. I would say that my favorite book of all time is undeniably The Polar Express. I've always been a huge Christmas fan, and the older I get the more I fall in love with the earnestness and nostalgia of Christmas. As a matter of fact, I read it to one of my journalism classes once, and when I was finished the class was begging for more it's just a magical book. Of course if we're going to talk about earnestness, then we need to talk about Mitch Albom's books. Something about his writing is just relatable and makes me grateful for life. I read his 5 People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesday's With Morrie, which both had me on the verge of uncontrollable sobs. I really don't mean to speak metaphysically, but he has an uncanny ability to speak to the human soul. I would say that my final must read is A Most Stirring and Significant Episode. I'm a big history buff and my University Professor wrote it. As a black man, I've always found it extremely hard to find history of Black Americans and their contributions to America outside the run of the mill leaders. I love that he makes that information accessible to me without having to travel to thirty two different libraries across the country.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm generally reading some type of history. The last great thing I read about was the first black Senator to serve a full term. He served during antebellum times. I know - I know most people think history is boring, but I think it's the most interesting thing in the world because it's the only time you can fully study the sociology of human actions.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly - I don't have a preference. The devices I use the most are my lap-top, ipad or Kindle. Really, whatever I have available that works is fine for me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, the only thing that I have used is word of mouth.
Describe your desk
Ha - that's the craziest question yet. Every time I come to my desk I think that I need to clean it up because it's messy. I'm a bit of a neat freak - so I think everything has a place and needs to be in it, but it's really simple. I have a small black desk which is home to my beloved lap-top, where I typed my book - and I have all types of mess on top of it. My calender, bills, books, ipad and all the things I use are on it. I mean - if you can name it then I've got it on my desk. The sad thing about my desk is that it is home to some editing software I bought that turned out to be a waste of money.
When did you first start writing?
My very first taste of writing was in the eighth grade when my teacher had the class published in a poetry anthology. He always supported my writing and from there I went on to do a short story, scripts for video shorts, a play - for a summer camp I worked at - reporting the news and I guess I can say the rest is now history.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story goes that Ellen Degeneres had this little boy on her show pitching a book about absolutely nothing, and I thought to myself I can certainly do it if he can. What really pushed me was that I'd recently been in a Barnes and Noble and I was reading a book about peoples first sexual experiences, and it was terrible. The book was supposed to be a comedy - and it was written by a well known comedian - but it sucked. It wasn't funny at all and I read a good many of the stories - so again I figured that I could do it if they could. While I was in college, I always joked with my friends that I was going to write a book about absolute stupidity and see how it worked. After graduating I came across some of the most inappropriate circumstances for a "college grad" and I figured I would just expose my life as the comedy it is.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was a reporter I read a story about a Virginia girl who'd written a best selling ebook, and after reading about all the work she did I thought that it was a real possibility for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I know this might sound trite, but the truth is that I can express myself. I give my life a voice through my written word.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The hope of what I'm working toward.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm definitely a big movie buff, and I'm always on the hunt for another good flick.
Published 2014-03-11.
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Books by This Author

I Went to College For This: Chronicles of a Wise Ass Former College Student
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,890. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
An irreverent comedy about college in America revealing the hilarious perspectives of recent college grads as they face terrible job prospects, low wages and high student loan interest rates. For years Alex and his friend studied only to come face to face with the reality that contrary to popular belief - College is worthless. I Went to College For... is their comedic take.