Interview with John Alexander

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My genetic code motivated me to become an indie author.

I believe that some people have something inside of them they need to get out. Art is how I stay sane. Without art my life has no meaning.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sometimes the words that come out of me are so beautiful that they surprise me. C.S. Lewis describes the moment in which a person reads a beautiful sentence in a book and feels overwhelmed by bliss as being "surprised by joy". There is nothing more wonderful than surprising yourself with joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
I mean more to me than anyone else in the world. In other words, I have no fans but myself.
What are you working on next?
I have a few movie scripts that are tabled at the moment. I'm busy trying to make a career in cyber security.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Kennedy Toole, Kurt Vonnegut, Juno Diaz, Yann Martel, Anne Lamott, Judd Apatow, Hemingway, and a lot of people I don't feel like listing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Nowadays I get out of bed early and start working because I don't want to fail at life. For a long time I dedicated my life to art. Now I'm trying to approach life in a different way so that I won't end up alone.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I tried to become a professional musicians for years. I also spend a lot of time hiking, reading about computers, and programming computers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a land filled with drugs, evangelical Christians, and military bases. All three of the groups influenced me.
What is your writing process?
"How bold it is for a man to sit down and write if he has not stood up to live."

First I do something crazy that could be considered potentially dangerous. Then I spend a year or two digesting my experiences. Then I write about my experiences and I try to make them as grandiose as possible.
When did you first start writing?
Shortly after I was born.
Published 2016-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Cat Orgies, Terrorists and Monks in the Middle East: A Memoir
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 100,320. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
My book is about searching for happiness amidst suffering in Egypt. This is a travel memoir that attempts to answer the question, "What is the best life possible?"