I love writing, dissecting writing, and writing about writing. Sometimes I spend so much time doing this that I figure I ought to try and condense my thoughts and write them down.
If you want to know about me, I’m going by the name of Alex West, though that’s a pseudonym to keep my writing and professional lives separate. In lieu of a picture of me, here is an adorable picture of my two cats:
Writing is my hobby. I have only published non-fiction, but I have won a national award for one of my short stories, written and directed for theatre, and have co-written a sitcom pilot. I am working on a YA fantasy trilogy which I am writing for my daughter. She will probably be old enough to read it by the time I finish it!
I like reading lots of different kinds of fiction and non-fiction. Some of my favourite fiction books these days are: Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson), 1984 (George Orwell), Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters), English Passengers (Matthew Kneale), The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), Sideshow (Sheri S Tepper), and Pagan’s Crusade (Catherine Jinks). Each of these books was striking in its own way.
As a writer, my aim is to write a novel that I’d love if I read it. As I have an interesting day job and do this for the love of it, this is the only aim that really matters to me. My bank balance would love to write a bestseller and my ego would love to win awards, but I think aiming for these things is like aiming to win the lottery. I just want to keep putting one foot forward after the other and see where it takes me.