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Author Interview: Alex White

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Today I am interviewing Alex White, author of the new science-fiction novel, A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, first book in the Salvagers trilogy.

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DJ: Hi Alex! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Alex White: I am definitely not three cats in a trenchcoat, that’s for sure!

For real, though, I’m an American from the deep south, living in Huntsville, Alabama, colloquially referred to as “Rocket City.” Huntsville is the birthplace of the space program, and that always had a major influence on me growing up. In high school, I drove by a full-size space shuttle and Saturn V every day, so it was hard not to dream about space. I’m a huge nerd, and I love making music, taking photos and board games.

DJ: What is A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe about?

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Alex: It’s a high-octane space fantasy! Nilah Brio, a pampered race car driver, witnesses a murder on the track, and she’s framed for it. Trying to get to the bottom of things, she goes into hiding, where she runs into Boots Elsworth, a washed-up treasure hunter turned con artist. Together, they have to team up with the starship Capricious, Boots’s old crewmates, and uncover a galactic conspiracy. Also, there are a ton of magic spells, explosions, killer robots and romance!

DJ: What were some of your influences A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe and the series?

Alex: It often gets the Firefly comparison, but I was always more of a Cowboy Bebop guy. I can safely say that if you liked either of those, you’ll love it. I’m a major Formula One fan, so there’s a bunch of that in there. The magic system comes from basic electrical engineering equations, and there’s a ton of magic tech, similar to Final Fantasy III. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Alex White

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Today I am interviewing Alex White, author of the new fantasy novel, Every Mountain Made Low.

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DJ: Hey Alex! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Alex White: I live to create: photography, board games, books, music, you name it–and I take all that random stuff seriously. I’ve done videos for Presidents, released a few albums, and I’m finishing up my eighth book. I’ve even got an app in the Google Play store called Capta. The video work and the writing have been profitable for me. I can’t attest to the quality of that other stuff. J

For better or worse, I was born and raised in the American Deep South, where I live today. That’s probably why I’m always making things. I wasn’t into sports, church and cable television, so I had a lot of time on my hands.

DJ: What is Every Mountain Made Low about?

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Alex: Here’s my pitch: An autistic, working-class lesbian must make a deal with vicious ghosts to topple a capitalist oligarchy. It falls squarely into the New Weird camp with little regard for genre, considering it has elements of urban fantasy, dystopian, horror and thriller. It’s a close, small story with a lot of personal drama, but no one is going to destroy the world / galaxy / multiverse. It’s a conflict for the future of the South. The stakes are everything for my main character, though, and we see everything through her eyes.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Every Mountain Made Low?

Alex: I immediately think of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale because of the colorful characters and pervasive inequality portrayed through their lives.

Oddly, Ayn Rand was a strong influence, too. Not a positive one, but something I wanted to write against. I find the philosophies in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead disgusting, because at their core, they’re about taking anything you want without regard for those around you. Howard Roark isn’t a team player, he destroys housing for underprivileged citizens in his best moment and rapes Dominique Francon at his worst. How can people look to him as an example of how to live? Continue reading

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