Name – Alexandra Moody
Age – 28
Where are you from – Adelaide, Australia
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m from Australia, but I’ve spent the last few years living in Canada and more recently in the UK. I’ve just returned home to be closer to my family, and I love being back in Aus! I have degrees in Law and Commerce. I also have a really cute dog called Coop who loves to distract me from writing!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Fractured, which is the next book in The ARC series, is currently up for pre-order and will be released on the 28th of November.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I always loved writing at school, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually decided to sit down and write a novel. I had a dream that I couldn’t get out of my mind, so I started writing. Then I kept going. I loved it so much I couldn’t imagine ever lifting my fingers from the keyboard!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer when I completed the first draft of my first novel. However, it wasn’t until I published that novel I considered myself an author. Until that moment it didn’t seem real and I didn’t want to describe myself as an author until I had something tangible to show for it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a dream about an asteroid striking and a family trying to get their daughter to safety that I couldn’t get out of my mind, so I started writing about it. The actual novel happens years after that initial moment I envisioned, but it’s what hooked me to write it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve never really thought about my style. I try to use a lot of descriptive language and imagery, because I want the reader to be able to ‘see’ the world I build.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For the first two books of the series the titles were easy. They embodied what was happening in the story and naturally fell into place. The third book, Fractured, took me a while to settle on, but I think it works well for what the main character is going through.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The sub-genre of dystopian novels has been extremely popular over the last few years. So many of these novels focus on societies that have had their undesirable practices established for such a long time that no one actually knows how they began. I wanted to do something slightly different and focus on society as it rebuilt itself. To see how practices that are morally repugnant to us now could become acceptable.
I wrote Elle as a protagonist who doesn’t want to question her world. She isn’t interested in undermining the perceived wrongs and is very much a reluctant hero. With her, I wanted to explore what would happen when a character who was a normal, law-abiding citizen was put in a terrible situation. I wanted to see what would make her step up to be the hero and how far she would need to be pushed to become proactive about the corrupted society she lives in. The message is that someone doesn’t have to be special or chosen to achieve the impossible.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
It’s science fiction, so it is based in the realms of reality and there are definitely aspects that could realistically happen. I also tried to create realistic characters so readers can relate to them despite their extraordinary circumstances.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There is nothing specific in my work that is based on any one event. However, I have no doubt that the experiences that have shaped me as a person have influenced the stories I write. As an author you weave a tapestry of words and each thread naturally contains a myriad of influences from your own experiences in life.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
As a teenager there were so many amazing authors who helped inspire my love for reading and writing. I think it is due to these books that I now write for young adults myself.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I recently read Elise Kova’s debut novel, Air Awakens, which I really enjoyed.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am currently writing the final book in the ARC series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friends have all been so supportive. Also, the writing community is amazing on Twitter. I’ve received so much support and encouragement from people I’ve met through social media!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. I love writing and am completely dedicated to it for the long term.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not that I can think of. I’m really happy with how it’s turned out!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It stemmed from my love of reading.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I would love to, but I’m still very much at the scrappy first draft stage! No one wants to read that J
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find it challenging to write when I’m tired. If I’m sleepy it’s near impossible for me to concentrate on writing. Recently I’ve been doing my best to work early in the morning.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
That’s a hard one for me. I have read and loved so many books, it’s difficult to choose one author above the rest. The authors I enjoy are the ones who really make me feel something. They leave my heart pounding in my chest when the novel finishes and keep my mind enthralled by their story for days after.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I haven’t had to yet.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed them. I do a fair bit of graphic design as part of my work so I really wanted to create them myself.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Deciding when it is done and ready to be released to the world. I become quite attached to my work and slightly obsessive with edits so it can be difficult to let it go.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I think you’re constantly learning from your own writing and developing your own voice as a writer. The more you write, the more you hone your craft.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write as often as you can and love what you’re doing! If you are serious about being an author, be serious, and treat it as you would any other career.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just that I hope you all enjoy the next book in The ARC series. I loved writing it and can’t wait to hear what you all think.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Maybe not the first book, but I remember loving The Secret Garden and the Narnia books as a child.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m a sucker for a sad moment in a movie or book. I have to think about something else so I don’t become a blubbering mess in front of people – quite embarrassing!
I laugh quite easily, so it doesn’t take much.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I have no idea! I’d probably prefer to meet a character from a novel than an actual person. If I got to meet a character, I’d have a real problem on my hands who to pick. Probably one of my dreamy book boyfriends—don’t tell my real life boyfriend though, ha!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Nothing too exciting. It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Reading, snowboarding, travelling and exercising.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything that’s not horror!
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
– Italian food
– Bright and happy colours
– Music you can dance and sing along to.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would like to do something in the arts. I love being creative and writing is that outlet for me.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
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