James Alexander


James has a background in comedy, children’s and teenage fiction. He’s authored hundreds of cliff-hanger serials for the youth market, and scripted gags and sketches for TV and radio both in the UK and mainland Europe. He has had material broadcast on BBC1, ITV, S4C, Samstag Nacht (Germany), Radio 2, Radio 4 and The World Service. He has written for, among others, Roy Hudd, June Whitfield, Chris Emmett and Freddie Starr.

As well as detective fiction (under the pen-name James Alexander), James also writes comedy under various pseudonyms, among them Bernard Fling and Chester J Crump. For more of the latter, visit: http://cheesewillsetusfree.wordpress.com.

James is a member of the world-famous Magic Circle and has performed and lectured both in the UK and as far away as India. He has created over a hundred original tricks, and authored/contributed to several books and magazines on magic around the world.

An occasional stand-up comic and after-dinner speaker, he has performed in and around Yorkshire as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He currently has several projects in the pipeline, including a Victorian murder mystery novella, a modern-day humorous detective romp and a madcap ‘Tom-Sharpe-type’ comedy novel.

Smashwords Interview

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It’s given me a platform from which to publish – for which I’m grateful. I don’t like monopolies and, without Smashwords, Amazon, for all the benefits it brings to indie authors, would dominate the market, which isn’t a good thing. Also, Amazon ebooks are limited to those with a Kindle, whereas Smashwords offers a much wider coverage – which is a huge advantage to the indie author.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been published and broadcast outside the world of indie publishing – books, TV, radio, magazines etc – and across a variety of genres. That said, these days it’s increasingly difficult, in the UK at least, to be published in the ‘traditional’ manner. Unless you’re very talented/lucky or both (and not always even then), your chance of a breakthrough is near-zero unless you’re a celebrity/failed politician or have the sort of friends who impress the posh newspapers. Indie publishing is democratic and exciting. On the downside, you have to do most of the work yourself, from writing to editing to marketing/publicity etc. But that makes success – if it comes – all the sweeter. Work hard, have something to say, and you have every chance of succeeding. And, even if you don’t, it’s a great adventure.
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Where to find James Alexander online


Wait To Deceive
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,690. Language: British English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In normally sleepy Tetherton, a psychopathic killer is on the loose – with a thirst for Biblical vengeance and under-age girls. As the body count rises, and with a new boss to contend with – one with dark secrets of her own - DS Declan O’Hara begins to fear that the monster they are hunting for may be closer to home than anyone dares imagine…

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