Welcome to this weeks’ Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Alexander Wallis visiting with his book, The Way Knight: A Tale of Revenge and Revolution.
Alexander Wallis is the author of the dark fantasy novel ‘The Way Knight: A Tale of Revenge and Revolution.’ The novel was inspired by the problems facing young people, seeking love and meaning, in a narcissistic society corrupted by elites.
Alexander graduated from the University of Chichester, where he studied Youth and Community Work. He has supported many schools and youth clubs with his social learning approaches and thousands of young people have benefited from his mental health workshops.
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Daimonia Vornir is a wild and impulsive girl, who fears she is unlovable. When corrupt politicians execute her brother, she travels to find her mother — the famous hero who abandoned her years before.
To survive the treacherous journey, she hires the Way Knight — a travelling warrior sworn to protect anyone who pays his fee, no matter how dangerous the journey, or hopeless their cause.
Together they will chance the battle-torn coast, pursued by the champion of the Secret God.
THE WAY KNIGHT is the terrifying tale of a girl’s journey from child, to woman, to goddess. It is a provocative story that will challenge everything you believe.
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Now here is an interview I did with Alexander:
Why did you decide to be a writer?
I wrote The Way Knight to provoke people. To recall the innocence of having questions instead of opinions. To take stock of all the moral compromises we make. To re-experience the tension of being a being of thing of raw potential.
Do you have a “day job”? If so, what do you do?
I work with young people, in particular those who are considered troubled in some way. I create opportunities for them to develop their social skills and their critical self-awareness.
What genres do you write?
As a reader I enjoy dark fantasy, ‘grimdark’ and classic gothic novels. It was natural then for me to express my story as a medieval adventure with a dark, mythological atmopshere.
What authors/books have most influenced you?
I must acknowledge ‘Wuthering Heights’, as well as Gene Wolfe’s ‘The Book of the New Sun’ series. I love ‘The Darkness that comes Before’ by R. Scott Bakker and everything by genius Alan Moore.
Other influences have been outside of fiction. Antonin Artuad who explored the relationship between theatre and life. Socrates and other philosophers, ancient and modern.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
I use the word, but I don’t particulary indentify with it. I hope I am a social educator and that my book/s will go some way towards creating really good questions.
Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?
My family and friends are hugely supportive. It is good to be close to people who will read, enjoy and give critical feedback.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It took me two years to write The Way Knight. In particular to bring up the quality of the language to where I wanted it to be, quite poetic.
What are you working on now?
I am writing some short stories about characters from The Way Knight, and each story draws out a different social issue for readers to consider. I am also finishing a book aimed at teenagers with very low interest in reading.
What was the hardest part about writing your latest book?
It may sound flippant, but probably finishing it. I admit to some pride reading the chapters now, having spent so long honing the scenes and language. That being said, I am still learning and improving my craft and hope to keep moving forward.
Do you have any advice for other authors?
Don’t be safe. Who ever enjoyed a book that was safe?
Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
Don’t give a thought to the author’s intention. All that matters is how you interpret the material.
What is one thing you would like to change about the world?
I’d like to see a decline in certainty, on any topic. I wish we could more readily embrace curiosity and doubt as valuable.