Hi everyone! Today I’m introducing the author of The Inspector Stone Series and all-round awesome guy, Alex Carver.
Hi Alex! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m approaching 40 (eek) live in Bristol in England, which is a very old city with lots of history; when I’m not writing or being distracted by Molly the Yorkshire Terrier, I like to read, watch TV and films, and play computer games, I’m also a keen but lapsed golfer.
Have you always wanted to write books? What made you start?
Always, I got into writing when I was ten and got asked to write a story for English class. I’ve written loads of stories over the years and lost many of them, which I regret deeply.
You’re also a video game fan, which are your favourites and have they influenced your writing in any way?
Ooh, good question, I have a few favourites in different genres; I love Age of Empires when I’m in the mood for strategy, Call of Duty, some of them, when I feel the need for a bit of stress relief, and Skyrim and Diablo 3 for RPG type games. I can’t say that they have influenced my writing all that much, at least not noticeably, but I did feature a computer games company in the first book of my detective series, and that was quite deliberate.
What are your favourite genres to read and write?
My favourite genre to read is fantasy, I’d love to write in it but haven’t so far; at present mystery and crime are my favourite genre for writing, it comes fairly naturally to me.
Have you ever used a real person or situation in your writing?
I did once put an ex-girlfriend in a book, the relationship ended badly and I used it as a form of therapy.
Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would involve waking up in Egypt (my favourite place in the world) and drifting down the Nile to visit the various temples there.
If you could be the main character of any series, which would it be?
This is such a tough question to answer, I would probably have to pick either Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Fire and Ice; Jon is a great warrior but Tyrion is incredibly smart.
Tell us about your upcoming release!
Written In Blood is a thriller about a serial killer in a small English village. It will be released in April.
The peace is about to be shattered.
A serial killer is on the loose.
In the small, close-knit village of Oakhurst, residents aren’t willing to believe that one of their own might be a brutal murderer.
When the village’s daughters begin to die – their bodies found with accusatory words carved onto their skin – suspicion falls on the newcomer to the village. Zack Wild, charming and handsome, author of violent crime novels, and possessor of a dark history, seems like a perfect suspect.
Conflict arises between Sergeant Mitchell and Constable Turner as the investigation continues, with each believing they are on the right track. Will Sergeant Mitchell’s insistence that Zack Wild must be the killer prove right, or will Constable Turner’s determination to investigate fully lead her to the killer?
What makes this story unique?
I’d like to think that my story is more real than unique, as in this is the kind of thing that could happen, quite possibly has happened before, and unfortunately may happen again in the future.
I’d like to thank everyone who stops by and reads (and especially those comment on) my interview.
Thanks for joining us Alex, and good luck with your release in April!
As an added bonus, you can get the first Book of Alex’s Inspector Stone series, Where There’s A Will, for free until the 22nd. Make sure to get your copy here.
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