Author Interview – Alex Bell


Photo from http://www.alex-bell.co.uk/about/

 

If you love creepy tales involving haunted locations, mysterious characters, and some VERY terrifying dolls, you have to check out Frozen Charlotte.

Image from http://www.alex-bell.co.uk/books/frozen-charlotte/

 

Alex Bell’s YA horror is creepy all the way through, and it’s one that I recommend to anyone looking for a new story in this genre.

Bonus? Today marks the release of Alex Bell’s prequel to Frozen Charlotte, Charlotte Says:

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I had the privilege of asking Alex a couple of questions about her journey as a writer, included below. At the end of the post, you’ll find a number of different ways you can connect with or follow Alex and her latest work!

 

1. What is some of the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? How did it help you?

I think the best advice I ever got was from my dad. He always said to me that the key to getting published was persistence and that you just had to keep going and working hard whenever you received a setback. It helped me get into the right mindset from the very beginning and not just expect that everything would come straight away, or easily.

 

2. What is some of the worst advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Why wasn’t it good advice for you and what did you learn instead?

When I was a teenager I emailed one of my favourite authors to say how much I’d enjoyed reading their books and that I’d like to be a writer myself one day. In their reply they advised me not to start writing until I was at least 40 as you needed to wait until you had stuff to say. Obviously I totally ignored this and wrote my first published book, The Ninth Circle, when I was 19. I think teenagers have just as much to say as anyone else and there is no point waiting to start.

 

3. What is one resource (whether it’s a writing tool, book discovery tool, community forum, etc.) that you think is valuable for writers that not everyone may know about?
I really like StoryWorld Cards for brainstorming and workshops. They’re available on Amazon.

 

4. What is something that surprised you about your career path?

It was easier to get published for the first time than I had expected but it was also much harder to *continue* to be published than I had ever imagined it would be.

 

5. What is one book–fiction or nonfiction–that you would recommend writers pick up?
I love Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brand, as well as Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

 

Here are the ways you can connect with Alex!

Visit her site.

Follow her on Twitter.

Follow her on Goodreads.

 

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