Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week’s guest is Kim Alexander with her debut novel, The Sand Prince.
Kim Alexander grew up in the wilds of Long Island, NY and slowly drifted south until she reached Key West. After spending ten rum-soaked years DJing in the Keys, she moved to Washington DC, where she lives with two cats, an angry fish, and her extremely patient husband. She began writing when she ran out of authors to interview (and they pulled the plug on her channel, Sirius XM Book Radio.)
Kim was in her twenties when she finally read a book not prominently featuring spaceships and/or wizards. Turns out Jane Austen was pretty funny!
THE SAND PRINCE is Kim’s first novel and begins a fantasy series called THE DEMON DOOR. Her husband tells her she needs to write at least ten more books if she intends to retire in Thailand, so thank you for your patronage.
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About the Book
“When the storm came, it was made of magic, not rain, and when it had passed, the life and the city Hellne knew were changed forever.”
In Kim Alexander’s debut novel she weaves a witty, epic fantasy brimming with diverse characters and plenty of intrigue.
On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive.
On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old men and children still guard The Door between the worlds.
Bound by Magic
Rhuun, the Prince of Eriis, uncovers a sultry book written by a human, sparking an obsession with the other world. When he is forced to flee Eriis he must escape through The Door or pay the price in blood.
Divided by a Door
The humans of Mistra are not what Rhuun was expecting—and one insufferable young woman in particular is about to find out that the demons of Eriis are not mythological after all…
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Keep reading for an interview with the author:
Why did you decide to be a writer?
I tried not to be a writer for a long time–I spent most of my career as a broadcaster. I didn’t believe I could actually write for a living until at my last job (Sirius XM Book Radio) I realized I was already doing it. Writing copy, comedy, interviews, hosting talk shows–I wrote all day long!
Do you have a “day job”? If so, what do you do?
As I said, Book Radio was my last job. I interviewed many hundreds of authors, from debuts to best sellers. It was an incredible opportunity, like a master class, and I paid attention to what they told me.
What genres do you write?
My current series, The Demon Door, is fantasy.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with? If so, what is it and what attracts you to it?
My next project, which I’m already tinkering with, will be a time-travel adventure/romance. I’ve always been fascinated by the Middle Ages so I thoguht why not just write about it already? I have one character who had a bad experience during the First Crusade, although it screws with my timeline, so it may turn out to be the Second Crusade. Did anyone have a good experience, though?
What inspires you to write?
My characters, who recite dialogue to me when I should be sleeping and won’t stop until I tell their stories.
I also think about the science fiction section of the Oceanside, Long Island Public Library, and how I would probably not have survived without those precious, wonderful, fantastic books.
What authors/books have most influenced you?
So many! Anne Rice for lucious prose, China Mieville for spectacular world building, Stephen King for yarn spinning, Margaret Atwood, Clive Barker, I’m leaving a couple dozen out.
If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?
She may not know it but I think of JT Ellison when I think of mentors. She writes crime thrillers, not fantasy, but has been so kind and generous, and helped me think about how to approach writing as a career.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
It must have been when I got the box of books from my publisher, Booktrope. The books themselves are gorgeous. I may have cried. (I totally cried.) I love ebooks and buy and read them with reckless abandon, but having that lovely weight in my hand made it real.
What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
Netflix HBO bidding war! I mean, why not? No wait, that’s three years.
In five years I hope the ideas are still coming.
What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?
Well, there are a billion books out there, and getting mine into the hands of folks who might love it is a real challenge. The Sand Prince is not YA, it has quite a bit of world building, and it’s hard to sum up in a one or two line pitch. So I tell people it’s like Dune with more sex.
To overcome it I turn to people like yourself. Self promotion is a little queasy, but we really have no choice.
Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?
My husband has informed me that he intends for us to retire on my book money, so I’d better keep typing!
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author?
Someone wrote that my work reminded him of Katherine Neville (The Eight.) I’m sort of a super-fan so that was huge.
Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique? How did you handle it?
Yeah, I mean people who read the first 30 pages of a 400 page novel and give you a blistering one-star review–what are you going to do? Go to their house and explain why they’re wrong? Not everyone likes everything. I try to not let it affect my mood.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I seem to write pretty quickly. The Sand Prince came out in Nov 15, and the sequel, The Heron Prince, went to the editor the same day. That comes out in May. So it takes about a year, give or take. I’m writing the third and fourth in the series simultaneously. (We’ll see how that works out.)