Did you choose your genre or did it choose you?
In a way – it chose me! I’m a new author and have several forthcoming releases due between now and November in the Science Fiction/Fantasy, Paranormal Thriller genres. However, I’m the rare kinda guy who actually pays attention.
I’ve noticed that erotica is a very popular genre. It has a huge following and – despite what people might think – it’s very difficult to write well. As some of my paranormal projects touch on sexual topics, I thought I’d better learn this side of my craft thoroughly. I dipped my toe into erotica with “Fairy Tail”. It seemed to create the right impression, so I decided to develop this side of myself further under my pen name – Alexander West – and use what I learn to enhance my overall standard to a much more desirable level.
Its five o’clock somewhere…Let’s have a drink! What cocktail best describes you and why?
I think I’d have to choose a Vodka Martini.
Why? Let’s just say – I’ve had a colourful past. I’ve done things that “normal people” only ever see or experience in films or books. I’ll give you a clue. I was in a very special branch of the military that saw me travelling to all sorts of exotic places of the world to say “hello” to those who would dare to threaten our peaceful and secure way of life. Then I was a police officer for a number of years in Crime Intelligence. Those experiences moulded both my way of life and thinking into a very realistic outlook. You’ve got to grab life while you can and enjoy it...Enough said! J
Do you have one of those pesky day jobs, or are you a full-time writer? If you do have another career what do you do and do you enjoy it?
Although I retired early, I’m currently working briefly as a security officer at an exclusive holiday centre. It’s providing some very entertaining distractions that I intend to incorporate into my next erotic story based on the island. The “goings-on” are something you wouldn’t believe, (or perhaps you might?), and I’m looking forward to fictionalizing them...watch this space! Ha ha.
From next year – I hope to be a full time writer.
I’ve been asked, as has my husband, if we do “all that stuff in my stories.” Do you get asked this and if so how do you handle it?
Yes – I’ve been asked that.
How can I answer this...simply? I’m a firm believer in the adage “write about what you know”. I firmly believe that, if you write about aspects that touch on what you’ve experienced...well, it reflects in your writing. As I said, I’ve had a colourful past. I endeavour to include an element of real life experience in all my stories...ALL of them! Including the erotic ones! J
Do your friends, family, and neighbors know what you write and what is their reaction?
Yes, everyone knows!
My friends know I’ve got a broad sense of humor, but they were surprised I’d actually written something like this at first! Then they read my 1st attempt at adding some spice to their lives and everyone wanted a copy! Now they can’t wait to read A Fresh Start, or for the follow up to Fairy Tail to come out.
My family are really supportive, especially my young adult children! They’re in their early twenties and proudly thrust examples of my work under their friends’ noses! “Buy my Dad’s book!” It’s quite funny really. Sometimes, they’ll have visitors round and they look at me as if I’m one of the coolest dad’s on the planet! (It’s great)...
Believe it or not, my wife doesn’t read my work. But then again, she doesn’t have to, eh? J
My neighbours? Let’s just say they’re discreetly shocked.
Wine or beer? ... Neither. Vodka! Yee-ha!
Satin or cotton? ... Living as I do in a hot country – cotton.
Fries or tots?... I love fries. (sigh)
Cake or pie? ... Cheesecake! The more the better!
Steak or burgers? ... Steak, served on a bed (without lettuce) with someone hot and saucy.
Candle light or pitch dark? ... Definitely Candle Light.
I’m an ex-military, ex-cop, adrenaline junkie forced into an early straightjacket because I was injured on duty by a particularly vicious and cutting remark! I’m permanently stuck on ‘fast forward’ and focus my ‘out of this world’ imagination into the here and now.
But seriously…I was born in the city of Birmingham, in the UK, and grew up in the towns of Bearwood and Edgbaston. I loved competition and was an active sportsperson for my school/college and a variety of rugby, martial art, swimming and athletics teams throughout the city.
On graduation I enlisted in the Royal Marines and served in a number of roles both in the UK and abroad, before joining the Devon & Cornwall Police in 1985, serving as an officer in a variety of uniformed and plain clothed departments until my early retirement in 2008.
Over those years, I wrote and illustrated a selection of private books for my children, gained further qualifications in Law and Religious Studies, and continued to be an active sportsperson, providing lessons free of charge to local communities.
An unfortunate accident received on duty meant I had to retire early from the police force, but after moving to the sunny Greek island of Kos to speed up my recuperation, I was at last able to free my warped and fragile mind and devote myself to writing – something I’d always wanted to do.
My first endeavour into the spicier side of life, (published under my real name), was “Fairy Tail”. A graphically blunt “Noir” paranormal erotic thriller, it concentrates on the experience of a cop investigating the antics of a serial killer who always strikes in the week coming up to Halloween. It’s brutal, sexy and gritty and the dark humour it contains seems to appeal to many readers. Let’s just say, when he gets an unexpected break with his enquiries, things take an unexpected – and shocking turn...yum yum!
My first work for Secret Cravings – A Fresh Start – (Due for release November 2012) involves a softer but equally spicy story set on the island where I live, involving some real life locations!
Paul and Ann were made for each other, sharing a passion for sports and having identical views and opinions on just about every aspect of their lives. When tragedy struck, six years into their marriage, Paul was left alone, devastated and without a purpose in life.
Three years later, he eventually attempts to make a fresh start, returning for the first time to the place his wife used to love them to go on vacation.
Incredibly, he meets two vivacious, liberated and sexy women from the other side of the world who change his life in an amazing way.They help him discover a broken heart can be mended and he does indeed find the opportunity to make - "A Fresh Start"
Thank you so much for having me here today Lila. It was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.