Alex Hughes

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Alex Hughes was born in Savannah, GA and moved to the south Atlanta area when she was eight years old. Shortly thereafter, her grandfather handed her a copy of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonrider series, and a lifelong obsession with scifi was born.

Alex is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop and a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Her short pieces are published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine.

Alex’s work is smart, dark, adventurous, and a little funny, with a emphasis on great characters and interesting worlds. She gets her inspiration from history (she majored with a European history focus in college), family members, and headlines, as w
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Alex Hughes I'm currently working on Mindspace Book #5, which I'm excited about. As usual, though, Adam is pouting in the early stages of a manuscript which is…moreI'm currently working on Mindspace Book #5, which I'm excited about. As usual, though, Adam is pouting in the early stages of a manuscript which is slowing down the process. I may need to add an extra grisly murder... :)(less)
Alex Hughes Writing is hard. It will break your heart a hundred times, show you mountains and valleys and the glories of other worlds before dropping you back…moreWriting is hard. It will break your heart a hundred times, show you mountains and valleys and the glories of other worlds before dropping you back down to earth, different than you began. It is a hard path, and one I would tell you to turn back from if you can. But if you can't be turned back, write, write a lot, and write from your heart. Then join a critique group and learn to bear fair criticism of your work--a lot of criticism. You'll learn what parts of your heart translated on the page and which didn't, you'll learn your own strengths and weaknesses, and you'll hone your internal editor through analyzing other peoples' works in progress. Expect it to be a long, hard road, and use the moments of heartbreak along the way to fuel your drive. Hold to the moments of joy and the reasons you set out. And lastly, and most importantly, I'll paraphrase Apex Magazine's guidelines from awhile ago: "If you get rejected, don't get angry [Alex adds: or stay depressed], become more awesome. Become so awesome that we can't help but publish you." Because the struggle--and the journey--is well worth it, for its own sake if not for the destination.(less)
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A book club contacted me because they were reading Clean (yay) and wanted me to answer some questions. Since my answers were long, I thought you might like to read them.

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1. How do you approach setting up a plausible tone of the period you are writing about when it has yet to happen?

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“Listen, I'm going to go lock myself in the coat closet, okay? Don't disturb me if you can help it?"

She frowned at me.

"Telepathy stuff," I said. "It may not work, but I've got to try.”
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“He put the cup down. “I don’t think your partner is Santa Claus. I don’t think there’s a good list and bad list.”
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T.J. Day The cover for Vacant is gorgeous! :D


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