Alec James Hawkes
52 years old and resides in Leighton Buzzard, UK
1) How long have you been writing?
Seriously for about the last 18 months, but became interested when I was 10. It wasn’t until I left school, about 30 years later, that I began writing.
2) What or who was your inspiration to write?
My teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Weller. She said my writing was unique and told me I was a ‘maverick’ and encouraged me to write. I asked her if she’d read my first book, Commonsense Would Be Good, and she told me to publish it. I was worried about any mistakes and she said not to worry, just publish.
3) Which genre do you like to read?
I read anything that’s well written really. Right now I’m leaning toward historical fiction.
4) Do you write this genre or others? No.
5) Who are your favorite authors?
I haven’t read much since finishing secondary school. My recent favorites are Chuck Lovatt, and Shaun Flynn.
6) How do you choose your characters names?
I have a knack for coming up with silly names. I just think of them and they work for me.
7) Do you edit as you write or after you get your manuscript written?
I was new to the writing business and used an editor for my first book. That didn’t work out well. Now I edit as I write.
8) Do you have an agent, publisher, or self-publish?
If you’ve used more than one which was most profitable? I self-publish.
9) What advice would you give a new writer?
Write exactly what you think and feel. Advice could be conflicting. Do it your own way.
Common Sense Would Be Good