Author Interview #11 Alex Schuler

Today I have the great pleasure of talking a little with up-and-coming author and artist, Alex Schuler. I was surprised to discover how young Alex is, but youth comes with many huge advantages chief among them: big dreams. Alex has been nurturing dreams of travel for several years and plans to bicycle Africa starting this spring of 2017. This is so reminiscent of some of my travel dreams of that age, I am, frankly, jealous. But youth deserves it’s day, and I wish Alex all the best on her trip. It will certainly give her many incredible experiences both to blog about and to add richness to her fiction. I’ll be sure to follow Alex’s blog of her magnificent journey at snapshotsoftheworld.com,

Francisco: What advice would you give to your younger self?  

Alex: I would tell her to try lots of different hobbies, even ones she’s tried in school already and thinks aren’t for her, and to have fun with them. I didn’t decide to be a writer or artist until I was around 20 because I thought I hated those things due to early experiences in school. I’d also try to warn her about the depression that’s going to be hitting hard in high school.

Francisco: How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?

Alex: I try to either write or brainstorm for an hour and a half a day. When I work my day job, this is during my commute and at lunch. On my days off I try to write more than that, but I don’t schedule specific times. I do best a couple of hours after I wake up, though. Too early and my brain isn’t fully functioning, but about halfway through the day I get really sleepy.

Francisco: Where is your favorite place to write?  

Alex: I get good writing done on the bus, when it isn’t too noisy and distracting. I also like to write in my bed.

Francisco: Have you written works in collaboration with other writers, and if so: why did you decide to collaborate and did it affect your sales?  

Alex: Last year I participated in the writer’s games team portion, where a team of several people (ours was 7) have 72 hours to write a story from the prompt they are given. I wanted to try out collaboration at least once. It didn’t affect my sales. When the anthology came out I didn’t have any published works, and I don’t think it sells very well in the first place.

Francisco: I’m in love with this dinosaur.

Francisco: When did you decide to become a writer?

Alex: In 2014 when I was 21, after I had an idea come to me that I just had to write. One of these days I hope to finally do that idea justice, but in the meantime I’m having fun learning how to craft a narrative.

BIO

Alex Schuler lives in Colorado in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She loves learning new things and meeting new people. These days she spends most of her time working on her writing and visual art, and spends the rest dreaming about and planning her big trip bicycling around the world. You can find her blabbering about her writing and visual art at alexschuler.com, travel (as Rebecca Jones) at snapshotsoftheworld.com, or follow her artist or travel twitter accounts.


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Author Interview #11 Alex Schuler — 6 Comments

  1. Wow! I think it’s amazing that you know what you want at this age. When I was 21 I was trying to figure everything out.

    Travel is amazing. You’re going to have wonderful experiences. I’ve luckily gotten to travel (not as much as I would like) it is something that once you start you will never want to stop.

    Writing a little every day is something I do as well. Glad to know I’m not the only one. Thanks for another great interview Francisco.

    • Your right MC Neu, once you start traveling your never going to want to stop. I made it all the way to South Korea and I’m still thinking of all the places I can travel to. Whenever I’m having a hard time, I always go to those same places I traveled to and it always cheers me up.

    • Well there’s always time for me to change my mind again. 😉 I was absolutely positive I wanted to go to college in Japan and be a CIA agent for, like, 6 years.

      That said, the fact that I keep coming up with more projects that I’m excited about (writing and art) than I can keep up with is probably an indication that I should keep going for it. And my heart aches to keep travelling, so that’s what I’ll do. 🙂
      Thanks MD

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