Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Interview with Alexander Charalambides, K.I.A.


1. Can you gives us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
K.I.A.’s the story of driven teens solving the mystery at the heart of their military academy. It features unhelpful doctors, helicopters, and a man with a fish bowl on his head.
K.I.A. definitely maybe could have a sequel, I have plans for up to three more books, but I think i need more time to gauge people’s reaction to it. 

2. Do you have favorite character?
The previously mentioned fish bowl man. People see him as hostile, but he’s misunderstood.

3. What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you prefer silence?
I listen to music if I feel like writing “comfortably”, if that makes sense. When I need to get serious, if I’m tackling something complex or difficult I won’t listen to music, and if I’m aiming to produce a lot very quickly I’ll listen to the same thing on repeat.

4. Do you outline your story or go where your muse takes you?
I have an outline. No-one’s “muse” is good enough to produce a story better than if they’d used a well-thought out plan instead.

5. Do you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
While it’s almost impossible to produce a final edit on your own, I think all writers should learn how to edit. I crowd-source my copy-editing though, you always need multiple pairs of eyes for something like that.

6. What have you learned during your self-publishing journey?
Learn optimal genre category placement when you sell your book, and don’t commit to writing something that your yourself aren’t passionate about, you’ll burn out and it’ll be a slog to finish.

7. Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and working on your next book?
I really thought I would, but basically, once I get sick of one I go to do the other.

8. What advice would you give a new author just entering the self-publishing arena?
Without a publisher to push you for results, you have to set your own goals and deadlines. I’m still not great at this, but I’d say this is the most important thing an indie author needs to learn.

9. Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I mentioned how every writer should be their own editor earlier, and I know this’ll make me sound boring but I actually really enjoy editing.
Combined with storytelling analysis, which I also really enjoy, you’ll get a lot out of understanding what your works do and don’t need, and having enough conviction to make those changes yourself.

10. What’s next for you?
My next novel, Formula Q, is about a futuristic racing league, and the drivers who discover they’re being used as scapegoats in a political conflict. I’m aiming for a mid-summer release.

 
BLURB:

Hildegard lives in a real-life dollhouse, surrounded by prop houses and actors who play friends, teachers and foster parents. Only one man ever seemed real, and after his disappearance, she’s had enough playing along. As Hildegard makes her final preparations to run away from home, a swarm of black clad soldiers appear, controlling the police and swarming across her home town. She can evade them for now, but after learning their mission, she decides to play along one last time, following them to Truman Academy, a lonely building on a freezing aleutian island. Hildegard knows it for what it is: just another prop, but not everyone feels the same way. Through the hell of endless drills and marching, Hildegard befriends the stealthy Grace and bloodthirsty David, and enlists them in an effort to unravel the plan of the man called G and his monstrous menagerie of inhuman soldiers.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alexander Charalambides was born in London and grew up in Berkshire in the UK. He studied Creative Writing, and graduated from the Open University.

As a freelance writer Alexander enjoys storytelling just as much as editing and analysis, but often takes time off to enjoy wind surfing, do the sickest of motorcycle flips, wrestle with deadly animals and lie about his hobbies.

In 2008 he moved to the USA and now lives in New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains with his family and two dogs, Gwynne and Gimli.


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