Crafted and trained in South Florida, Alexzander grew up in sunshine, nice weather, and bad schools. Son of a professional kickboxer and a church choir director, Alexzander had a happy eclectic childhood. A student and lover of music, art, and all things martial, he is a military veteran and an avid anime, comic book, movie, TV, and video game nerd. He received his degree in Film & Video Production, as well as Communications in Frederick, Maryland, where he lives with his wife and three children.
What inspired your world building process?
I think the trope of making magic ancient, secretive, and rare is outdated. I think anything that exists will eventually find its way to the black market and then the public at large. In my world, magic is as prevalent as electronic technology is in the real world. Just like there is a difference between what the rich and the poor have, the governments and civilians- spells are segregated in my world and ruthlessly enforced. Once I made this decision everything else was just finding the thousands of ways average people would use a levitate spell.
Who are you writing for and why?
This is actually the dedication in my book! I write for every nerd like me who repeatedly left the bookstore empty handed. I write books for people who don’t like books. My stories read more like oral campfire tales or action movies. I figure if I’m searching and not finding there has to be others and hopefully enough of us to make a living.
What do you do to recharge your creative energy?
I walk away from words. Movies, TV, plays, and video games keep my creativity fueled without feeling like work. Sometimes I find things that never would have crossed my mind but most often I look at what was done and how I would have done it differently and then I’m ready to write again.
What reactions do you hope to inspire in others?
I hope to give others the mind altering wanderlust that R.A.Salvatore, Patrick Rothfuss, and Michael J. Sullivan gave me. I remember putting those books down and staring at the wall thinking: I didn’t know books could do that!! I try to subvert tropes, bring a touch of realistic reaction to the fantastic and put something on paper never before seen. Do I always succeed? No lol. But aiming at that goal keeps it as fun for me as the reader.
Where is your writing taking you?
I have no idea how to answer this. I’d love to go full time, maybe get to meet some of my heroes but for now my focus is getting in the chair and putting words on the page.
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