Interview with Alex Temple

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as part of a military family and spent the first eleven years of my life wandering the world, rarely staying in one place for more than six months to a year. This gave me a much wider and far more open perspective on life, along with a wealth of diverse experiences beyond that of the majority of children of my age, all of which rewarded my fertile and vivid imagination with a rich store of material to draw upon.
When did you first start writing?
My first recollection of writing, beyond scribbled repetitions of my own name, was around the age of six when I began making up my own little fantasy worlds, usually alien societies filled with weird animals. As I grew older I became more interested in detective and cowboy stories and wrote a series of western tales that I used to take into school and read to others in my class during the breaks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Everyone, they say, has a book inside them and I've had books trying to drag their way out of me since I was knee-high to a typewriter but up until a few years ago virtually the only route to publication was through the publisher/agent route and that is clogged, some would say deliberately, to the detriment of non-celebrity new authors. After years of trying the publisher route and an endless stream of standard rejection letters, I have joined the happy band of authors who now run in joyful herds through the dappled fields of digital publication, unfettered by the restraints of the wicked stable owners who are far more interested in the elegant thoroughbreds of the literary world than the wild plains-running workhorses of the self publication Camargue....That's why.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have a very eclectic range of genres that I enjoy reading but perhaps the main genre is contemporary politcal/crime thrillers. Detailed and always with a factual basis, authors such as John Le Carre, Tom Clancy, Frederick Forsythe, Ian Fleming, James Patterson, Robert Ludlum and, of course, Lee Child, have always held my attention and fed my natural need to know and understand the seamier side of the world, an interest I try to satisfy in my own story-telling.
Published 2015-06-06.
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Books by This Author

Dead Silence
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 969,570. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A fast moving contemporary thriller set in a terror-besieged London that very quickly moves a reluctant police inspector from a rural crime-scene, through a ruthless and lethally inter-woven web of national and international political intrigues and intelligence agency rivalries, towards a shocking climax that threatens not only his life but tests his resolve and instincts for justice.