Contributor Interview with Alessandor Earnest

Everyone, welcome Alessandor Earnest to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be featured in our upcoming anthology, Byline Legacies.

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“Now that I know Alessandor on a more personal level, she has graduated from being ‘that cool girl’ to ‘that cool force to be reckoned with’. Her writing is bodacious, balanced, and brilliant.”

— Lizzie Thornton, editor for Cardigan Press

[E] Welcome, Alessandor, to Cardigan Press! We’d love to know: what genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?

I’m a little all over the place. I write a lot of fiction. I write humorous dystopian SciFi romps. I’m a fan of second person POV. And don’t get me started on comics!

The thing all my fiction has in common is that it’s not good vs evil, character against character. My characters are like lab rats; I put them in strange situations so I can observe and record how they get themselves out.

Right now, I’m working on two books:

The Trouble with Sisyphus is a graphic novel of interconnected shorts that play with the Groundhog Day trope. You know, the repeating day story? Each short presents an ordinary experience that could be a good thing under normal circumstances, but becomes really complicated or even traumatic when it happens in a time loop. Stuff like finishing your masterpiece, only for it to blink out of existence when the day resets. Meeting your soulmate and never being able to wake up in the same bed. Or giving birth over and over again.

The other is a book of writing strategies I’ve collected and developed from being both a writing coach and a person with ADHD. My whole life, I have had to find creative workarounds to accomplish pretty much everything I’ve ever set out to do because the way that seemed to work for everyone else didn’t work so well for me. I’ve used all of that to come up with strategies to help my book coaching clients write, meet deadlines, and become more confident in their skills. The book will cover everything from how to find time to write consistently to how to beat perfectionism and writer’s block. It’s called WRITE THE BOOK BEFORE YOU DIE! The Neurodiverse Writer’s Guide to Writing (and Finishing!) a Book.

Honestly, I’ll write just about anything. I used to think the only thing I wouldn’t touch is romance, but then I got an opportunity to start writing choose-your-own-adventure romance simulation RPG scripts, and I figured, why the hell not? If I’m not super emotionally invested in it, maybe I can just go crazy and let my imagination take a ride!

[E] Both of those books sound so unique! We love how incredibly diverse your writing is and we already know you’re talented! But tell us, in what way would you say your submission to Cardigan Press is similar and/or different from your usual tone?

I don’t write poetry!

I had just been toying with this metaphor in my head for ages. It fit the theme of the anthology, and then you guys posted that you weren’t getting any poetry right at the beginning. 

I thought I was filling a need, but it turns out you were flooded with poetry submissions just before the deadline!

Despite my not being poetically inclined, I think the image I described was strong enough to make up for what I lacked in style.

[E] It certainly was. We were big fans immediately and had to publish it in the anthology. But until then: how can readers best support your writing career?

I organized a free virtual con that’s taking place all throughout April! Writers of Strange Fiction Virtual Con is for speculative fiction writers to socialize, learn publishing and craft secrets, and participate in conversations and contests. If that sounds like a good time to you, I’d love to see you there. Invite your friends! 

I also started a Patreon just recently to give me motivation and accountability to write the two (TWO!!) books I’m working on. I have ADHD, so setting deadlines for myself is almost never successful. But if someone is paying to see my content, I can’t afford to slack! 

Links to my editing website, Patreon, and the Writers of Strange Fiction Discord server are also accessible through my landing page.

[E] You have your hat in every ring, and we are so impressed with you! Your Writers of Strange Fiction Virtual Con especially sounds like a really cool event. 😉 Thank you so much, Alessandor, for hanging out with us! We’re so excited for readers to explore your writing and get to know you!

Everyone, please show your support and at least give her a follow!

Do you know Alessandor? Comment below and let others know what Alessandor’s writing means to you. If this is your first time meeting her, say hello!

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