Author Interview with Alex C Vick
Updated: Aug 28, 2018
My next author interview is with contemporary fantasy author, Alex C Vick. Alex has written seven books for her YA/upper MG series, Legacy of Androva. (She is one busy author!)
You'll want to hear all about her fabulous books. So let's get started and hand the mic over to Alex!
1. Describe your life in a nutshell.
Commute, work, commute, family time, write, insomnia, repeat!
2. Why do you write?
It makes me happy. I would honestly keep writing even if I were the only reader I ever had. I love my characters and the worlds I create for them. (No, I am not cool. Not even a tiny bit.) Also, there’s so much about real life that stresses me out. Retreating into my head to write is the perfect way to escape.
3. How long have you been writing?
Since school, but I only started writing books and self-publishing a couple of years ago.
4. Does your family support your writing?
Yes. I’m very lucky. I’d never be able to set aside so much time to write at weekends without my husband’s help. He also formats my eBooks because anything more complicated than Word is beyond me. My two daughters were my first beta readers and remain unflinching in their criticism!
5. Do you google yourself?
No. I suspect there’s not very much to see.
6. What’s an interesting fact about you?
I’m a big Shakespeare fan.
7. What other authors are you friends with and how do they help you become a better author?
None of my real-life friends are authors, and I don’t talk about my writing very often. It’s pretty scary talking about your own books. Fortunately, the writing community on Twitter is extremely generous about sharing advice with new and nervous authors like me.
8. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
As a writer, I’d choose a dragon. They illustrate the power of storytelling. It doesn’t hurt that they also tend to be smart and brave, plus there’s the whole flying/breathing fire skillset.
9. Favourite genre to read/write?
I read a lot of young adult books and I write for that age group too.
10. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Enjoy it :). More specifically, don’t worry about your inability to plot, and don’t waste time trying to learn how to plot. You never will. Embrace the reality of being a die-hard pantser and have fun with it.
11. Do you hide secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Certain lines of dialogue and the occasional character trait are meaningful to me on a personal level. However, I doubt anyone else would notice them.
12. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Not really. There are times at the end of a long day when I’d rather catch up on tweets and blog posts than read a book, but I still count it as reading. And the Kindle app is always open on every device I own.
13. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
No. I use my middle initial but that was only to match the domain name that happened to be available when I was setting up my blog!
14. What’s your day job? Love it or hate it?
I’m a CFO. I was lucky that I was able to change jobs a couple of years ago, and I’m very happy where I am now.
15. Tell us about your books.
I recently completed the seventh and final book in a lower young adult fantasy series called the Legacy of Androva. Next up is the Light Mage Series for a slightly older audience. I hope to release the first book at the end of October.
16. How do you select names for your characters?
I guess I make everything up as I go along, names included. If the characters are from another world, I have fun creating something a little more unusual, and I also ask readers for their ideas. But the more ordinary names just seem to turn up in my head at the relevant point in the story.
17. Why should we read it? Give us your best elevator pitch.
If you were given the chance to believe in magic, would you take it? (Bear in mind I’d be pitching the Legacy of Androva to a younger audience!)
18. What’s your idea of success about this book?
Just getting the books out there is exciting enough. I don’t think becoming a full-time writer will ever be anything but a dream. I send queries occasionally because I think it helps my blurb-writing skills, but I’m happy as long as the existing books pay for themselves. I put any surplus towards the editing and cover design of the next books.
19. Where can we find your books?
20. Epitaph on your grave.
I hope it will say something like, “No regrets.” But I still have a lot of things to figure out before that statement would be true.