Let's get to know Alex James! We're super excited to have Alex on board with MIXTAPE ONE. He's a damn good writer, prolific as all get-out, and an all round great dude. We're glad to have him in MIXTAPE ONE, and reckon you're gonna love his short story "A SPELL AT THE END OF THE WORLD".
He is also the first author who we've interviewed that DOES brush his teeth in the shower. So there you have it, one in ten authors brush their teeth in the shower. We ask the important questions here...
What is your favourite comfort food?
What's your all time favourite short story, and why? Probably something from Clive Barker's 'Books of Blood' or something from H.P Lovecraft - too hard to pick just one.
Do you brush your teeth in the shower? YES
Who are the three authors who have inspired you the most?
Julian May, Douglas Adams, Clive Barker.
Have you released any writing before? Tell us about it, and where can we read it.
Living room in a run down rental. Four monitors, surrounded by shelves of action figures, books and DVDs. Whatever inch of space I look at - 360 - I want to see something that sparks me off.
You're about to sit and write for the day - but first, you need to get a drink. What's your beverage of choice? Coffee, always coffee.
Tell us about your home city. Adelaide, South Australia. Plug: I write about the weird, mystical side of it in the Saga of the Urban Sorcerers series. There is a lot I can say about Adelaide. It is a wonderful city but you have to listen to it. At dusk, dawn... at 3am. It has a lot to say.
What do you love about writing? Everything, even the hard stuff.
Usually a brand has a kind of personality about it, and you know what you're messing with when you associate with that brand. Up & Up is interesting, because it is brand new and doesn't really have an established personality yet. How do you feel about it? What do you make of all this?
I am but a humble contributor.
Our motto at Up & Up is "The indie punk label of publishing for the garage bands of writing." What do you make of that? My garage is overrun with possums and rats. They seem friendly enough.
What are your hobbies?
What are your long-term writing plans?
I have been writing for 30 years, is that long-term enough? What is the garage band equivalent of that? I dread to think. Or do I?
What question do you wish I'd asked you?
Will you please accept this limitless, unconditional source of funding to continue your creative endeavours?