Thursday, June 4, 2015

Interview with Alex Myers

Back in January of this year, I read and greatly enjoyed Alex Myers' Revolutionary War-era historical novel, Revolutionary, about his ancestor Deborah Samson (check out my review here). Samson enlisted in the Continental Army as a man, Robert, and struggles to understand how to live fully the life that brings the most satisfaction.

Myers kindly agreed to an interview, back in January, and I just flaked like a flaking thing and am only now posting it. Please read on to learn more about Myers and Revolutionary!

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

An older woman comes home to discover that her house has been robbed. The thieves have taken her silver, nothing else. This disturbs her for some reason... and as she walks through the house she is led to wonder what really has value.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I try to write everyday, even for just a little while. I also write standing up. First drafts are always written by hand and then typed into the computer.

Was Revolutionary the original title of your book?

No. The original title was "The Continental." A faculty member at Vermont College suggested I get something into the title that more strongly emphasized the Revolutionary War. I kept thinking, okay, Revolutionary ________. And I couldn't fill in that blank. So, Revolutionary it was!

As you were writing Revolutionary, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

James kept surprising me. I wondered what his attitude towards Deborah/Robert would be, and how he would understand their time together. Whatever expectations I had kept shifting as I wrote him into being.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Read, run, cook. Those are my three favorite hobbies after writing.

Read any good books recently?

Oh, yes. "Inferno" by Eileen Myles. Currently enjoying Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy. I was delighted by "I am Abraham" by Jerome Charyn (my favorite sci-fi author) as well as the Maine writer Frank O. Smith's "Dream Singer."

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My thanks to Mr. Myers for his time and thoughtful responses. You can learn more about him and his work at his website, and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

2 comments:

  1. I love that Revolutionary was the title and that it really stuck, even if another word never came to fill in that per-conceived blank.

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  2. Oops! Well, you've had a lot going on these days! Enjoyed reading the interview!

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