Featured Interview With Alex Milton
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in a sleepy little village that could be the setting for an English murder-mystery novel. All my friends played cricket and football (“soccer” to you American readers), or lived on farms, messing about with air rifles and motorbikes. I was the odd-ball who chose to write.
It was a pretty idyllic existence, until I was seduced by the fast-paced London lifestyle. Now I spend most of my time there – like my characters…
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
It’s not a very literary answer, but I became fascinated with writing through comic books. I’d say to any parent who is struggling to get their child to read that comics can be a useful entry point.
I started writing at 4, then discovered Roald Dahl, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, Greek mythology, etc. It’s not too strong a term to say writing became an obsession. I wrote for fun, though; I didn’t realise it was a career option until my teens.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I like all genres, but if I’m not hooked by the first chapter, a novel gets put in my “read later” pile, where it invariably stays…
Among my favourite authors would be: Mario Puzo, William Gibson, Suzanne Collins, Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, H. G. Wells and Oscar Wilde.
I can read a novel by “an unknown” that inspires me. Like many writers, I secretly read other people’s offerings with either grinding jealousy, or a “How the f… did this get published” face!
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest novel examines whether a polyamorous relationship can work, through the eyes of four characters living in modern-day Britain. It also looks at the difference between our “true selves” and the glamorised version we present on social media.
All my protagonists are hiding secrets about their past, fearing it will affect their relationship – hence the book’s title ‘The Etiquette of Lying’.
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