Name: Alexander Kavalier
Age: Depends on who is asking
Where are you from: Manchester, England
A little about yourself `i.e. your education Family life ect.
I am a writer of horror and poetry, mildly humorous and have a wickedly sarcastic view on life. I like game of thrones weekends, socialising and pretending to be a lawyer when it comes to the rules of monopoly.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have released my first poetry anthology “More People Write Poetry Than Read It”. It is available now from:
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/poetryanthology
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/381521
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Initially when forced at school, I wanted to be outside not copying the board, I was a late bloomer in terms of discovering I had a ‘talent’ when I was told my metaphors on life would make great fiction, I tried it, sent it off and then I started a new way of life. Though truth be told I think I had always enjoyed writing, it was just less cool when I was younger.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In my opinion a writer is someone who writes, and the second you pick up the pen (or type on a laptop as is more common these days) you are a writer. So I began writing in my late teens.
It was a somewhat interesting journey until I made the distinction between writer and author however. I had had several pieces published in print and I was advised that I should turn to the new mediums and look at self-publishing my short stories on amazon and smashwords. It was only when I signed my first contract for my work that I felt I could truly use the term “author”, before that I felt like an imposter, but that was more a confidence issue and something which has come with age.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I wrote was not the first one published, and it is still yet to see the light of day. As for my first publication “Meant (Descent into Darkness Series)” which is a horror short. The contents is dark and focuses around mental delusions mixed with fairy tale fantasies. My inspiration was to be in the female view point of the mistress who falls in love, however the character took a darker turn and love turned her into another person. Though the story shows that she is unwell rather than evil.
This poetry anthology is my first anthology, I was inspired to write it after having several pieces published in magazines and publishers anthologies. I finally felt it was time to do a larger collection of my own work. I write poetry fairly regularly and often revisit little scraps that I have wrote down when I have had a flux of creative energy, it seemed the right time to do something more with these odd poems I had everywhere and focus my creative skills.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not that I am aware of, I just go with the flow, as I do in most of life’s situations. In horror I write dark contents, whether this is gore, heavily filled with imagery or dark emotively, if I’m writing well it can be all three. However when I write poetry I focus on sharp snappy sentences which flow, or stumble according to the affect I am wishing to create. I find free verse poetry much easier than rhyming poetry, but I will do both as people like a mixture of the two.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
“More People Write Poetry Than Read It”, I was working in a small publishing house at the time, there was a competition for a poetry anthology they were creating and I jokingly pointed out how we had far more submissions than people who would buy the book, it obviously became later re-phrased but I have found a lot of poets who write more poetry than they read.
Fiona: Is there a message in your anthology that you want readers to grasp?
Not specifically, each poem is unique and several are from the point of view of a persona. I suppose if they make people think and maybe even connect with my writing then I don’t care about a message, only that they like the work.
Fiona: How much of the anthology is realistic?
Some are very real, poetry is about emotion and life, and it is hard for it to not be realistic. However several of my poems are also from the point of view of the persona’s I created, so some of it isn’t realistic to me.
For the horror stories there is very little of the specific details which is realistic, however the idea of good verses bad is woven through the horror stories and this is a universal concept.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
In the poetry, some are. I had a bad heartbreak and so many of the poems to do with how it hurts you after and trying to come back to normality are true to my experiences and relate to that time in my life. I also had a bereavement and the two poems on grief, which were difficult to write, were connected to that. A few others have been linked to events, but many are an amalgamation of me, my persona’s and random events in the wider world which have filtered through and onto the page.
For the series, “Descent into Darkness” I have touched upon the darker side of human nature, posing philosophical and psychological questions. I think some themes are relatable – even if the specific events and extreme outcomes are not. We are people and we are filled with good and bad, I suppose I tried to show that darkness is relative. Particularly with issues such as depression, where a person may come across as if they have changed, prone to low and aggressive moods, something I am personally familiar with. It doesn’t make me a bad person, but some of my past actions may make people think I might be. My “Descent into Darkness Series” looks at how a person can appear dark whilst in themselves being good, if albeit a little damaged.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I have often joked about “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, but I don’t think that counts. I don’t think a book has ever influenced my life particularly, they’ve helped to broaden my mind and educate me, but I would be lying if I said they altered me as an individual. Some books have stayed with me, such as the Dennis Wheatley books I have mentioned, and Simon Armitage’s works have reoccurred to me a few times, but nothing has been earth shattering enough to comment.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Dennis Wheatley, his horror writing made my skin crawl in my earlier years.
Poetry, Philip Larkin was a great poet, amazing at persona poetry too. I only hope one day I can be half as talented as him.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
There are a couple,
“A Child Is Torn: Innocence Lost” by Dawn Kopman Widden
and the other is
“Hidden Darkness: Nightclub” by C J Austin
both of which are great so far, definitely worth one clicking!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A few, I have recently met a lot of indie authors and have been looking at their works.
C J Austin is one of those new authors.
Christa Lynn “Running From Destiny” http://www.amazon.com/Running-Destiny-Christa-Lynn-ebook/dp/B00G7TZKEE
And I have found a new appreciation for zombie horror with Kevin Banker’s “L-21” http://www.amazon.com/L-21-Kevin-Banker-ebook/dp/B00CM18NOU
Fiona: What are your current projects?
My New Year release of the “Descent into Darkness Series” it is to be a collection of short stories. The release date is set for January 24th.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Titan Inkorp. – http://titanpublishinghouse.com/index.html
They help all authors and are an amazingly supportive bunch of people, I wouldn’t be where I am without them. If anyone is trying to get published, want to use professionals for author services or are simply curious about the world of books, go and have a look at them! They have their own online bookstore too, here is the link to meant on their site – http://smarturl.it/meant.titan
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Well if it starts paying the bills, for now it is a fun pass time where I can enjoy my passion, That is what I like most. But of course I would love for it to transform into a lifelong career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I haven’t re-read it yet. I daren’t because I’m my own worst critic!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not exactly. It wasn’t a life changing moment, but something which grew over time with nurture and encouragement.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes, my current horror is connected with zombies (by request) but I have taken my own unique twist on it where the virus has been cured and we see Callum, our once zombie, in a therapist’s office working through his issues:
“He felt his mind drift back, to those moments when the virus had had a hold of him and countless people across the world. The plague had attacked them and then caused them to attack other people, in mindless violence they had become cannibal’s intent on only meeting their one basic drive, eating. Callum could recall bits of his time whilst ill. None of the memories flowed consecutively, and it was more feelings and tastes he could remember, but that was not a good thing. Callum could recall the addictive taste of human flesh. How he had desperately craved it, it wasn’t just that he needed it for sustenance, but that without it, the virus within him would turn on his own body and begin attacking itself. He would have eaten his own flesh until there was nothing left, the virus had seemed unstoppable.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Scaring people, they’ve become very desensitized these days. Though I’m told I do a good job, so I hope that’s true.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Dennis Wheatley. How he can affect the reader with such simple elegance, he didn’t need the gore that horror now largely consists of, he could simply create a world in his book and trap you in there with his characters. However some of the references are rather dated, as he wrote in the 40’s-60’s and some of his stuff is no longer politically correct, but I focus on the horror content.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, but my inner landscapes take me to very peculiar places
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Titan Inkorp, Christopher. He is a genius at cover creations! http://titanpublishinghouse.com/custombookcoverdesign.html
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Going to those dark places, whether it’s for horror or poetry. I find I often have to face a part of myself, which is both terrifying and therapeutic.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your anthology and what was it?
That I am more emotional than I previously thought. I have often been told I have a natural empathy, which lends to my persona poetry, but I found myself being emotionally affected by my own writing. I believe this is probably because it was a release, whether I was aware that it certain issues were bothering me, or not.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. It would seem simple I know, but I so often hear people talking of these stories and creations they want to write, then never actually do it. If you want to set yourself apart, commit to your writing like you would a diet, eat (write) little and often and make sure to keep up the habit.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for taking an interest in my work. It is always nice to connect with new people and if you like my works please feel free to contact me, I love feedback (though I naturally prefer the positive to the negative lol). Come and find me on
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ARKavalier
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
Eating, watching television, arguing with my memory… I like reading, enjoy exercising, love an occasional well-earned beer on a sunny day, though that isn’t specifically a hobby.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching
Game of Thrones, is my current obsession, but there are too many to list individually.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Pizza. Green. A general mix, but I do love Eminem.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Become an architect, though I can’t draw so I think I’m better where I am.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?