My name is Alex, and first and foremost, I’m a nerd.
Everything else—writer, reader, university student, etcetera—comes second. I’m a nerd for writing, good narratives and learning new things. If I’m not writing or doing homework, you can usually find me looking up some random fact or watching an obscure history program when I’m supposed to be asleep.
By the time I was in grade two, I was already in deep—first came the MAGIC TREEHOUSE chapter books, and then CHARLOTTE’S WEB and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. And then my fourth-grade teacher read us HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE, and I was powerless to stop the inevitable—I tore through the rest of the series, became a mega Potterhead before I even knew what a Potterhead was, and it all went downhill from there. By fifth grade, my teachers had to take books away from me because I’d read them during class. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. And a year later, I had a dream that would become the basis of my first ever original story.
My real start at writing came in the summer before eighth grade, when I binge-read the PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS series and realized I couldn’t wait until the second book of the HEROES OF OLYMPUS series, THE SON OF NEPTUNE, came out. Instead, I decided to write my own version of the book, and that fanfiction turned out to be my first serious writing project. From then on, I was hooked. But the drive wasn’t there yet; I started about four or five stories and scrapped each of them three chapters in. Then, in grade nine, I read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and bawled my eyes out. That’s when I realized my goal: to write a book that makes someone feel something like TFiOS did for me at a time when honestly, not much did.
I finished my first full-length novel, a 58,000-word Contemporary YA story called FAIRY TALES, about three years ago. At its core, FAIRY TALES is a coming-of-age novel about two best friends: a boy who has loved a girl from the moment he was born, and a girl who’s too selfless to let herself love him back. This story taught me so much about writing and who I am as a person and I’m so grateful for that. I spent another year revising and editing it before shelving it. I’ve posted it to Wattpad where you can read it here.
Soon after, I decided to start something else: a YA light fantasy novel called VINDICTA. I finished that one about a year and a half ago, and have been tweaking it ever since. While FAIRY TALES represented a way to get rid of my ghosts, VINDICTA is the story of a girl learning to believe in herself—something I’m still working on myself. Here’s the full summary:
Don’t let them see you fall.
Kieran MacQueen learned a long time ago not to rely on anyone—especially herself. Four years ago, she lost her brother, and her entire world crumbled with him. Now seventeen, she spends her days training toward the only goal that still makes sense: defeat the Aquilae. Avenge her brother. And no matter what, don’t be the weak little girl again.
Flynn McAlister is the last living memory of a village burned to the ground. Born in the forest, he feels like he died there, too. Quiet and intelligent, he learned quickly how to wear his grief like a suit of armor. Letting people in is a luxury he can’t afford; he’s not sure he can survive losing anyone else.
Both are dangerous and unpredictable, and if they keep down the same path, sure to catch flame. But when a surprise attack forces them into the forest that changed both their lives, they’re all the other has.
Their ghosts aren’t the only thing they have to run away from anymore.
On this blog, you’ll find everything from snippets of my stories and writing advice to rants about current societal issues to blog posts about my crazy hair. I may not stick to one topic or theme, but I promise that no matter what I write, I’ll always be as nerdy as ever.
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