Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Alessandro ‘Alex’ Reale. Age 27
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated from Temple University in 2011 with my Bachelor’s Degree in English. I currently live with one roommate, a bamboo plant named Gregg.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am currently preparing for several book festivals and conventions in the Fall. I will be in Baltimore, Western Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and possibly New York.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing as early as six years old. One of my first stories I remember writing was in kindergarten or first grade. It was a short booklet about the adventures of our class teddy bear. I’m not sure why exactly I wanted to write it – maybe because I just enjoyed telling stories? I was quite the story-teller (read ‘constant fibber’) as a child, and I decided to channel it into a creative outlet!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I officially considered myself a writer when I self-published my first novel, Dodger’s Doorway, in 2011. However, I think a real defining moment for me was when I became an employed writer in 2013. Since then, writing has been a major part of both my personal life and professional life.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Well my first storybook was when I was five (as mentioned earlier). But my first published book, Dodger’s Doorway, was inspired by my love of fairy tales and fantasy adventures. I loved stories like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Chronicles of Narnia, which featured characters venturing into new realms and encountering magical beings. In a way, I wanted to create this generation’s Alice in Wonderland.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I honestly don’t know. I just remember it popping into my head one day while I was in the middle of a chapter.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think I try really hard to make it conversational – like, I want my writing to sound like something you can read to another person in a casual conversation. I don’t like the books that get too formal with their speech. A lot of it just seems like fluff to me. But then again, that kind of writing seems to go hand-in-hand with the fantasy genre.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, the main character being bullied is definitely drawn from my own personal experiences. Other than that, the rest is pure imagination.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I’ve never had to travel for my writing so far, however, I am currently working on a side project that may require me to visit major landmarks around the world. I can’t reveal many details, but it could require much, much research.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The covers for my two novels, Dodger’s Doorway and Return to Storyworld, were designed by the publishing platform, Createspace. But the cover for my children’s book, Only One Samantha, was designed by a good friend of mine.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In Dodger’s Doorway, the message is about the importance of standing up for yourself and not being afraid. In Return to Storyworld, the themes get a little deeper, and the message is to learn about forgiving yourself and to not dwell too much on your mistakes or the past.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I am currently reading a book by a local author, Blake Renworth, called The Exiled Seven. I’m loving it so far due to how much it resembles The Hobbit (one of my favorite stories). I’m very much looking forward to the sequel.
My favorite writer of all time (and this may sound cliché) is J.K. Rowling. I love, love, love the Harry Potter series, and I think that’s what ultimately inspired me to create a full-length novel. I think what strikes me about Rowling’s work is the imagination. It’s amazing how she was able to create an entire world so imaginative and wonderful and yet still be appealing to such a wide audience. Truly amazing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I don’t think there is a sole person who supported my commitment – it was a collective effort. Plenty of friends and acquaintances have 100% supported me in my endeavors. I wouldn’t have the time to list all of my supporters.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
That’s the plan. I’d love to support myself solely on my books, but I know that’s a bit of a journey.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would’ve published Only One Samantha sooner! I had the story ready for a year but I delayed in getting it published. It’s gotten such a great reception that I wish I started writing kids books years ago!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that even if a book is only 500 words, it can still be difficult to write! Only One Samantha proved to be quite a challenge, mainly because of trying to rhyme words together and trying not to use words that were too complicated for young children to understand.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I actually did a few Facebook posts about who would play the characters in Dodger’s Doorway if it ever became a feature film. I would want Dodger to be played by David Mazouz, best known for portraying Bruce Wayne on Gotham.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Network, network, network! Make friends with other writers! Never underestimate the power of connections.
In general, I just love meeting other authors and buying their books. It’s awesome getting touch with people who share the same passion as you.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
If you’ve read my books, I’d appreciate an honest review on Goodreads and/or Amazon. Remember – your reviews go a long way for self-published/indie authors!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
As mentioned earlier, I’m reading The Exiled Seven by Blake Renworth. I am also reading a collection of Golden Age Marvel Comics.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the name, but there was this one book I read cover to cover when I was six or seven. All I think I can remember is a character called the Sand Witch. Or something about sandwiches in the sand. Ugh, I wish I could remember the name!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Hmmm what makes me laugh? Fail videos on YouTube. A guilty pleasure of mine.
What makes me cry? The ending to Toy Story 3.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would’ve loved to have met J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis. And obviously, if I ever have the chance, I would love to meet J.K. Rowling.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides reading and writing, I like binging Netflix shows, going on long drives, and trying to learn new skills/concepts.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Shows: Parks and Rec, The Office, It’s Always Sunny, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, and basically any superhero show
Movies: I’ll watch almost anything superhero-related. I also love comedies, action films, and sci-fi. I’m not big on horror – mainly because most horror movies seem to rely on jump-scares rather than actual horror. And I refuse to watch sappy love stories/romantic comedies (unless my lovely girlfriend makes me).
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: Pizza, French fries, basically anything covered in buffalo sauce.
Music: My playlist is as random as you can imagine. I’ll go from Linkin Park, to Run the Jewels, to the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack, to Avenged Sevenfold, and so on.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Oh jeez. I don’t know what I’d do. I’d probably go back to school and learn a science. I’ve always been fascinated by the STEM field, but I was too committed to my writing.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’ll be back, one way or another
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