Alex Ames

Biography

Alex Ames always dreamed to -- but never dared to -- become a famous jewel thief or computer hacker or super spy. After some consideration the only morally feasible option was to become a writer and to create „To Catch a Thief meets Stephanie Plum”.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Carly Simon, the great singer songwriter of the Seventies, had the line in one of her songs: "People who have no hills write songs about the plains." I grew up in 100% whitebread suburbs and the first foreign person I ever met was probably an Egyptian immigrant who had spent 16 of his 18 years already in my hometown. Nothing ever happened there, no murders, no catastrophes, no violence, no bullying...
That probably developed my liking for adventure stories with shoot outs, car chases, abandoned ghost ships and plane crashes in the desert.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I am born with a "story-gene". The first story I wrote when I was about six years old and it was called "Alexander and Armin in Africa" -- my parents still have it stored somewhere. Something to do with my little brother and myself on the River Nile and crocodiles.
But seriously: the first real story I wrote was a book called "Stories end" - describing the last night of a group of friends together as they make their way through bars and parties. I never published it but it taught me three important points about writing:
1) There is a story in me that needs to get out
2) Endurance! One page after another from the beginning to the end
3) Writing is not only creativity. It is creativity, handywork and marketing.
Especially point three: my first story was born out of creativity, but it was missing handywork and marketing. Something I developed in stories 2, 3, 4, 5... - hopefully.
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Books

Troublemaker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,830. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Paul Trouble’s boss has been kidnapped. During the worst Blizzard ever to hit the East Coast for years, trapped alone and unarmed, Paul needs all his former spymaster and Marine skills to save his boss and himself from a gang of merciless killers in the middle of the Massachusetts wilderness. A lot of people will find out that snow also comes in the color “red”.
Brilliant Actors
Series: Brilliant - Calendar Moonstone Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,580. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
What could be more exciting than attending the Academy Awards ceremony, joining the hottest after-show party, and have an A-movie star wearing your jewelry? All of the above, plus spending the rest of the night in jail! Acclaimed jewelry maker and part-time cat burglar Calendar Moonstone finds a stolen necklace in her purse, an enigmatic, unemployed actor with a cheesy name working against her!
Piratenjunge — Teil 1 der Belisla-Piratentrilogie
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,630. Language: German. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Strandurlaub, Nichtstun, Eiscreme, iPod hören Das ist der Plan des zwölfjährigen Johannes Gordon und seiner Familie auf der karibischen Ferieninselgruppe Belisla. Und dann passiert es: Johannes wir von Piraten entführt. Von leibhaftigen, altertümlichen Karibikpiraten mit Schwertern, Kanonen und Segelbooten, die sich „Schwarze Falken“ nennen und behaupten, Johannes sei einer von ihnen.
Piratenkapitän - Teil 2 der Belisla-Piratentrilogie
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,340. Language: German. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Die ‚Schwarzen Falken‘ wurden vom Gouverneur festgenommen und stehen vor Gericht. Und nur Johannes und seine guten Ideen können die Falken-Piraten retten. Und diesmal ist Johannes nicht allein. Mit Schwester Amelia und seinem genialen besten Freund Richard an seiner Seite kann das Abenteuer beginnen: Befreit die Falken!
Troubleshooter
Series: Troubleshooter. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,740. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
One hundred million dollars have gone missing from the accounts of Strom Defense Industries. A underwhelming assignment for ex-soldier-ex-spy-turned-financial-controller Paul Trouble. But soon the case turns into murder and mayhem, and Paul will need all his former skills to stay on top of the game.
A Brilliant Plan
Series: Brilliant - Calendar Moonstone Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,160. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Just a regular job.... Get in, crack the safe, fetch the diamonds. That‘s what hobby cat burglar and acclaimed jewelry maker Calendar Moonstone has aimed for. Instead she finds a dead body, meets a handsome Detective, has a nosey insurance investigator on her tracks and manages a complicated boyfriend situation. And must solve a century old jewelry mystery!

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