Alex Ames was born in 1964 in the Beatlemania / Babyboomer years and was raised with some of the greatest spy and action writers of the Sixties/Seventies/Eighties on his pillow.
He always dreamed to—but never dared to—become a famous jewel thief or computer hacker or super spy. After some consideration the only morally feasible option was to become a writer and to write something along the lines of “To Catch a Thief meets Stephanie Plum”. Calendar Moonstone – acclaimed jewelry maker for the rich and royals and famous and part time cat burglar was born.
Alex currently lives in Munich, Germany. He passes the German Central Intelligence Agency every day commuting to work—hey, isn’t that another great opportunity for a story? What if… a boring accountant was a former spy and is involved in a work-related mystery that will need all his former skills… (read the result: “Troubleshooter” available on all major platforms and in print on Amazon)
What inspires you to write?
I am amazed that people need an inspiration to write. My stories are just there and the only problem is time (and sometimes to be improved technique) to capture them.
Tell us about your writing process.
The most important thing I can tell other writers: write! Similar to practicing piano or training at sports you will only improve by training and execution. Don’t get hung up or spend too much fussing around a story you finished, get it done and get to the next story. It took me about 10 books before I thought I had a certain routine to structure a complex story AND bring it into a form that satisfied me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Even if it sounds silly: my characters occupy the space around me when I write and tell me their story. Sometimes this gets messy if there is a large number of major participants, but then I have to take the same scene from the viewpoints of everyone present.
What advice would you give other writers?
Persistence. Otherwise you are not dedicated and should find another hobby or profession.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With the new self publishing services, it has become as easy as ABC to bring your work to the market to a global audience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will be for a foreseeable future a place for agents and traditional style publishing houses. The promotional aspect of post-birth are not to be underestimated and it needs work. As an author you need to decide for yourself: do you want to write or do you want to write and then spend months and weeks to promote the book (and not being able to produce a new one).
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Mystery Romance, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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