Alex is 29 years old and lives in Western New York. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Niagara University and a Certification in Security Management and Homeland Security from The University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also professionally certified in Statement Analysis. Despite his education in the field of Criminal Justice, Alex instead chose to pursue a writing career and became a video game and sports journalist out of college. He has worked as a video games journalist since 2009. As of January 2016, his online content has been viewed over 30.6 million times.
What inspires you to write?
Being able to share my knowledge or a story with other people and that they will actually gain from it – whether it be learning something from me or simply enjoying themselves and passing the time. That is what inspires me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t plan things out. I merely sit down and start writing, letting whatever comes come. Sometimes it is slow going and I stop and think a lot while other times I lose track of the time and next thing I know I’ve written a dozen pages without a missing a beat.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King is my favorite author. I’d be hard pressed to name any book of his I didn’t thoroughly enjoy reading. I also like Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self publish Nerd Psychology and Creating an Online Roleplaying Game because I thought it would be the easiest. I didn’t know much about the publishing industry and it seemed so complicated, self publishing was a lot more appealing. My two books have a somewhat narrow audience so they would be hard to pitch to publishers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will move more towards self publishing over time. Like I said, it’s easier so it has a wider appeal. I feel like self publishing has lost some of the stigma it initially had and has become more accepted over the years.
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