Alexander Edlund


Alexander Edlund was born in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, but within months was off adventuring with his parents across the South Pacific, and in a year or so ended up learning to walk in the rainforests of eastern Australia. His first novel began as an image heard to music when he was sixteen. He set the story aside for years until attending University in England re-awoke the desire to share the stories in his mind. Alexander studied writing at the University of Washington. When his first book was reviewed by Kirkus Reviews as a "A smashing series opener for fans of literary fantasy," and the book broke out in Australia on Apple, fans began asking for more. Alexander now returns to Australia on a regular basis to write. Alexander's latest science fiction adventure, Keelic and the Pathfinders of Midgarth has been years in the making and is also available as an audio book, narrated by the fantastic Greg Patmore.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I see scenes like a movie playing out in my head, usually invoked by music. The first time this happened I was sitting in bed when this piece of music came on the radio, and I had a vision of a woman running through a forest of epic trees. I grabbed a pencil and started writing furiously. I still have that sheet of paper. It is the opening scene to A Woman Warrior Born. The question then becomes, why is she running? What happens next? For that I usually need more music, but I have little control over the scenes I see. They come in discontinuous flashes like a movie cut into random pieces, sometime separated by years or decades of story time. Characters appear, as do places, battles, love scenes, sometimes entire sections of plot. My job as a writer is to then weave a narrative thread that binds these scenes together to give them pace and meaning in a real story arc.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first time I can recall seeing an entire world in my mind from simply hearing words occurred before I could read. It happened on a cross-country road trip where my parents read the Lord of the Rings out loud, turning the endless road miles into a traveling dream of Middle Earth. Later, after reading every book in the local library collections of fantasy and science fiction, I began seeing and telling stories of my own.
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Where to find Alexander Edlund online


The Keelic Travers Chronicles
In the year 3024 a new power emerged on the galactic stage—a boy named Keelic Travers. In the years following he would crush galaxy-spanning conspiracies, thwart the Veil, and heal the rift between the Pathfinders and the Alliance. Before all that however, he was just a kid dealing with a new school on a new planet. What he discovered on that planet and what he chose to do with that discovery would change the course of galactic history. This is his story.
The Book of Banea
"Beasts of Legend rise. Urdjra in the north. The wolf at Limtir. The gods are stirring. My father would say, Do not seek to anger the gods, but if you must, let them fear your coming!" So said the Emissary of King Meric the Sixth to Breea Banea, youngest female scholar of the hidden Library of Limtir as she sets out to find the priest who called at her birth, "A Warrior is Born!"
Come the Wind
Price: $3.99 USD.


Keelic and the Pathfinders of Midgarth
Series: The Keelic Travers Chronicles. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,230. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
It's the toughest school in space, and he's years behind—build a crew, learn astrogation, play war games—but Keelic doesn't just play at war.
Keelic and the Space Pirates
Series: The Keelic Travers Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 70,760. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When Keelic Travers turns an abandoned battleship simulator into his personal playground he unwittingly trains himself in the lost skills of an age of war and steps into the path of history's most hated space pirate—an unstoppable man who consumes entire worlds.
Come the Wind
Series: The Book of Banea, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,380. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In Come the Wind, bestselling Alexander Edlund continues the thrilling epic begun in A Woman Warrior Born. With the dark visions of Breea's future coming true, Breea can see no choice but the path of war, and sets out with an army to break the siege of Carsythe, only to find that the key to victory lies in the hearts of children who know nothing of their destiny.
A Woman Warrior Born
Series: The Book of Banea, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 99,880. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.67 from 6 reviews)
Breea Banea is poised to become the youngest female scholar in a thousand years, but before her testing can begin, she finds herself hunted by a beast of elemental malice in the shape of a white wolf. When she learns that her entire life has been planned to enable her to survive this battle, she sets out to find the priest who called at her birth, "A Warrior is Born."