Alexander S. Brown is a horror and steampunk author from Mississippi. You might recognise his name from his book, Traumatized, or from short stories in Dreams of Steam 2, and Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. You might also recognise him for his work with The Things that Go Bump Celebration and The Yuletide Souls Fest, events for artists that are geared towards raising funds to help prevent child abuse in his home town. Alexander recently took time out from his writing to answer my questions.
1) What is something you do in your professional or artistic life that you think is really cool, and why do you think that about it?
I think it’s really cool how my mind works. Since I was a child I have always lived in a fantasy world but I never had imaginary friends, only characters. I feel that I am the storyteller I am today because how my mind can be melodramatic and elaborative.
2) How did you come to be in the career position you are currently in?
I have always wanted to be an author or an artist. The passion was there since I decided I had a vision to share. By the stepping stones that other masters have laid before me, it made me feel more comfortable in the shoes I decided to try on for size.
3) What is something from your personal life that you are very proud of, and why are you proud?
I am proud to be able to keep balance in my life. I feel that so many people overdo one or the other. Everything has to have balance, even the dark side which everyone has but most are ashamed to share.
4) What is a personality trait you possess that other people might not notice, and how would they miss it?
The personality trait I have that most people might not notice and actually have said they have missed is my ability to be melodramatic with my jokes and complements. I sometimes tend to over exaggerate my dialog so it sounds like the poor dialogue in a B rated 80’s flick.
5) If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be and why would you change it?
I’d like to change the economy. I grew up in the 90’s and I miss seeing those inexpensive gas prices.
6) If you could give a young person one piece of advice, what would it be?
March to the beat of your own drum. People might not catch the beat at first but they will eventually.
7) What is something that you would like to do in your life that you haven’t done yet, and why haven’t you done it?
I would like to visit Ireland and Germany. I haven’t done this because I’m not a bestselling author yet.
8) What is something that you have sworn to never do again, and why won’t you repeat it?
I swore I’d never drink that much ever again. I hate hangovers.
9) If you could break one personal habit, what would it be and why would you break it?
I would break the habit of eating foods that were bad for me. I would do this for health reasons.
10) If you could take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, what would it be and why?
I’d like to play cello, I feel it would add to my image of overdrinking coffee, wearing thick framed glasses and enjoying sushi.
11) Is there anything from you that we should be looking out for in the future?
Hopefully, my new novel, Syrenthia Falls will be released sooner than later. Although I specialize in horror, I am one day hoping to write a dark comedy collection.
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