Today, The Writing Well interviews Atlanta-based author Alex Walker. The first time I met Alex, we bonded over a mutual interest in crafting stories based on historical events — in his case, the American Civil War and early Mayan and Toltec history, which he brings to vivid life in his debut novel, TOLTEC. This Saturday, Alex will host a pre-release book launch of his sequel novel, CUZCO, at Peerless Bookstore in Alpharetta, Georgia. CUZCO will be generally available starting June 4th.
Below, Alex shares how his first novel came about, the critical role of research in bringing his stories to life, and the one thing he hopes readers get from his novels.
Q. How did you get into writing historical action/adventures?
Q. How did you go about researching the lost Toltec and other ancient civilizations brought to life in your novels?
Q. What was the most fun and the most challenging aspect of writing TOLTEC and CUZCO?
Alex: My main goal for writing my novels is to tell a good story for the reader’s enjoyment and entertainment. These are the things I get out of reading books and I want my readers to enjoy the same satisfaction.