K.M. Alexander

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K. M. Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native and novelist living and working in Seattle with his wife and two dogs. His work explores nontraditional settings within speculative fiction, bending and blending genres to create rich worlds and unique approachable characters.

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K.M. Alexander I love storytelling. Movies, music, video games, it doesn't matter, I'm attracted to anything that tells a story. For a long time I looked for ways to…moreI love storytelling. Movies, music, video games, it doesn't matter, I'm attracted to anything that tells a story. For a long time I looked for ways to tell the stories that were swimming through my head. I tried making movies and considered creating video games. It wasn't until about eight years ago, when I was in my late twenties, that I settled on writing. The process seemed daunting at first, which is probably why I didn't consider writing at the beginning. It took a few more years (and a few awful manuscripts) until I finished a project that I felt was ready for the world.(less)
K.M. Alexander Good question! I covered some of this last month in my State of the Cycle. http://blog.kmalexander.com/2015/12/0...

I am revisiting an old manuscript I…more
Good question! I covered some of this last month in my State of the Cycle. http://blog.kmalexander.com/2015/12/0...

I am revisiting an old manuscript I called Coal Belly. It's a book I have written, rewritten, tried to shop, and then eventually scrapped in favor of working on The Stars Were Right. But, unlike the other dead manuscripts, this one haunted me. I loved its characters; I loved its strange world and its odd magic. I want to tell its story.

All that said, the former manuscript was old, and in the last five years I have matured a lot in my writing. So, recently, I decided the best way to tell this story was to strip it down to its bones and rewrite it. If you like swashbuckling action, riverboats, political intrigue, civil war, and magic, then this will be a story for you. As of right now, there are no plans for a release date.(less)
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For the next week or so, things around here will slow down a bit as I intentionally go internet-silent. Responses to emails and comments will be delayed during that time. Kari-Lise and I are traveling to Amsterdam and Belgium for her birthday and meeting up with our travel pals, Kelcey and Jim. (The same fine folks who joined us in Scotland.) I might occasionally post to Instagram, so I do reco...

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“It's funny. That feeling of home. It's so temporary, like bathwater: the warmth eventually grows cold.”
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“The spectacle shop was old, long, and narrow, with a glass front and a small thin door that opened onto a somewhat busy avenue in the antiques district on the South side of Lovat. It was a quiet enough area, away from the rougher warrens, but not particularly elevated. Across the cramped street hawkers sold vases, while up the road outside a rug merchant's shop a man sold antique suits. There was also Dubois' new storefront to the East; he dealt in religious artifacts and trinkets. The shopkeep hadn't liked when he had moved in; it had somehow changed the feel of the warren. Odd folks had started showing up shortly after Saint Olmstead Religious Antiques opened: black-clad priests, Hasturians in yellow robes, and a few Deeper cultists dressed in their gray sackcloth rags. It had set the entire warren on edge.”
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“The silhouettes of Lovat now dominated the skyline. Nine levels stretching skyward. Five hundred meters high at its apex. Each level housing buildings of various sizes sagged on the backs of buildings below. Thousands of sodium lamps twinkled in their recesses.

Lovat was the oldest and largest city on the coast, and it showed its age by the haphazard mess it had become. Roads rose and dipped, elevators and staircases criss-crossed, and floors would end and then begin across the city leaving large empty spaces between levels.”
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“Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous. Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species—if separate species we be—for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world.”
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“When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live.”
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“I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains, and then find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and a string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.”
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“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have "essential" and "long overdue" meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.”
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