Alex James

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I’m a science fiction/fantasy writer who lives in Leeds, United Kingdom. I’m an avid reader, of indie and traditionally published books. Most of my inspiration comes from the neurological disorder/condition Asperger Syndrome, which I am diagnosed with, and characters I create also have traits of this condition. It’s inevitable, I suppose.

I’ve been writing since 2009/2010, when I wanted to explore an idea about aliens who thought and interacted differently on a sandy planet. Since then I’ve written and self-published science fantasy and epic fantasy novels 2012-2015, which I consider to be the beginning of my writing career.

Recently I’ve been reading and researching science fantasy, in particular space opera and sword-and-planet, because I h
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Alex James Much of Origins is about the fear of change, of losing the peace and stability that the Tekromun home world represents. The main character Marcellus h…moreMuch of Origins is about the fear of change, of losing the peace and stability that the Tekromun home world represents. The main character Marcellus has these anxieties and is born into the world fully grown, not having had time to adapt and learn the way everybody else has. The Mantle that attaches itself to him is a symbol of his differences and his struggle. In this way his situation is inspired by my experiences with Asperger Syndrome.

Despite the fear of change in circumstances, Origins is more about hope gained through alliance; of having meaningful friendships and relationships that can held defend against the barbaric warring forces perceived by an individual who considers himself still new to the world.

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Alex James Sometimes I prioritise other things, and when I return to writing my passion automatically reignites. Other times I find it difficult to finish storie…moreSometimes I prioritise other things, and when I return to writing my passion automatically reignites. Other times I find it difficult to finish stories I’ve started, and decide that careful planning of characters, scenes, or settings can really put things into perspective. The planning doesn’t even have to be complex; you can work with simple descriptions! Planning can, and often does, give me great incentive to write something new.(less)
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Harsh Realities by CG Hatton - 5/5 Stars

Harsh Realities (Thieves

‘Confidentiality at a premium, clandestine seclusion guaranteed.’

The story up to now – the nature of the beast

‘There’s an organisation …’

Book one: there was a bounty on Hilyer, rough-around-the-edges field operative of the Thieves’ Guild (TG). Book two: there was a bounty on Luka (LC) Anderton, charming field operative of the TG. Book three: whoever messed with the above field operatives has d Read more of this blog post »
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‘Confidentiality at a premium, clandestine seclusion guaranteed.’

The story up to now – the nature of the beast

‘There’s an organisation …’

Book one: there was a bounty on Hilyer, rough-around-the-edges field operative of the Thieves’ Guild (TG). Book t
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