About Alex Hutchinson:
I started writing at the age of 12. My quickly scrawled words were published in a book of poetry to great praise. It doesn’t take much to encourage a young writer. Since then I have written and published 8 books and over 700 articles both in print and online. My subjects vary with my interests but I always try to grasp the human struggle as I have perceived it.
Those experiences include time in a street gang, training with the U.S. Army and travel with the circus. As an amateur athlete I competed in martial arts, boxing, wrestling, running, BMX racing and several disciplines of mountain biking. My books are often vivid expressions of my real life adventures.
What inspires you to write?
I couldn’t stop writing if I tried. I’m a natural storyteller with a powerful imagination that has been both a curse and a blessing. I’m inclined towards exciting and sometimes dangerous situations that deserve to be captured and shared. This sort of risk taking often inspires others to expand the possibilities in their own lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write from my heart, just let it all pour out onto the page and then later craft the tale or article towards the intended audience. I don’t like using the word ‘process’ because I’ve changed methods many times over the years. I think experimentation is a great way to learn.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ve met many of my characters back when they were real people so I’ve already talked to them. They will be altered along the way but I always link them to the real person who inspired the initial thought.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you have a choice, don’t become a writer. There are so many amazing things you can do with your life. Why choose the one path that almost guarantees poverty. People don’t like it when I say that but tough, deal with it. If I could have chosen another path, I would have.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I never had any luck with publishers. Over the years very few of them bothered to write back to me. It seems like a dead end road. I never had any resources or contacts in the industry so I had to self-publish. The publishing industry favors the wealthy and connected. That’s another factoid people don’t want you to know about. Try to name a rich person who couldn’t get published?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The traditional publishers have been going out of business at break neck speed for decades. I think we’ll end up with a handful of super big publishers while everyone else goes digital. On the plus side, the number of genres and sub-categories will likely increase to feed every niche group on the planet.
What do you use?: None of the above 🙂
What genres do you write?: fiction, action adventure, sports, short stories, politics
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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