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: 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.
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.