I would like to introduce you to Alex Carver, the creative writer behind the Inspector Stone series!
1- Who is your favorite character that you've written and why?
I like Zack Wild, who features in my next release, there are elements of me in the character, as well as some wish-fulfilment, and I put him through a bit of hell, which was fun to do.
2- Have you hated any of your characters?
Probably the bad guy in Written In Blood, which is my next release, he's a very unpleasant character who does some horrible things.
3- What scene was the hardest to write?
The most difficult one I can think of was in Where There's A Will, Inspector Stone finds out his grandmother has cancer, it's not a long scene or even very involved, but for me it was difficult because it mirrors my life to a degree, my own grandmother died of cancer so I was writing something I had experienced when I did that scene.
4- What is your favorite part of being an author?
That has to be the ability and the opportunity to take something or someone I see and create an entire story around it, it's loads of fun.
5- What books did you read growing up?
I've been a big reader for most of my life, but the book that stands out most for me from my childhood was Lord of the Rings, I read it when I was about 12, I also read Bram Stoker's Dracula, which got me hooked on vampires as characters.
6- How do you research?
Usually I do a google search for the information I'm after and then cross-check the information that comes up on multiple sites to ensure what I've found is right; if I can, I'll use a professional or well-respected website to get the information
7- Is there any crime you've read about that you've said, no- I can't write this?
I'd like to say I'm prepared to write about anything, so long as I feel I can handle the subject respectfully, and without glorifying it in any way, after all, but if I'm honest, I don't think I could write about abuse, especially of children. I can't imagine coming up with a storyline that would involve that kind of crime, and I certainly don't think I could write I book that handled the topic in a way that wouldn't offend people.
8- Do you plan or let it develop as it's happening?
My writing is a mixture of both; I try to be organised and plan thoroughly before I get started on writing a book, but every so often an idea just leaps into my mind and I have to get to the writing and see where I'm going to be taken.
9- Where do you expect to be ?
I have about a dozen novels written on paper, I expect to have all of them released, and to be making a living from them, and probably working on some new material as well.
10- What are you working on now?
I'm in the final stages of editing Written In Blood, a thriller about a serial killer terrorising a small English village, on pre-order now and officially released on , and I am working on the 2nd book in my Inspector Stone series, which will be out later in the year.
Some interesting and difficult questions there, thanks