Interview with middle grade author Alex C Vick

Middle
grade author Alex C Vick helps me kick
off a new week by chatting with me about her fantasy novel Stealing Magic.



During her
virtual book tour, Alex will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble
(winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for
a chance to win, use the form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too.
Also: Stealing Magic will be $0.99 during the tour.
Bio:
Alex writes contemporary fantasy books for a middle grade audience
and older. There are three (self-contained) stories in the Legacy of Androva
series so far, with a fourth on the way. You can contact Alex, and find more
information about Androva, including a character interview, at
http://www.alexcvick.com.
Alex lives in the South of England with her husband and two
daughters. When she’s not working, or writing about magic, she also loves
reading and photography.

Welcome, Alex. Please share a little bit
about your current release.
Stealing Magic is the first book in the Legacy of
Androva series. It follows three main characters, Jax and Darius who are
underage magicians from Androva, and Shannon who is an ordinary teenager from
our world. They must try to understand and then prevent the terrible
consequences that follow when an ancient treaty between their two worlds is
broken.

What inspired you to write this book?
I love reading stories about magic. When I was younger I could never
understand why I hadn’t encountered any magic myself! I found the idea of it so
believable. It was probably inevitable that I would one day imagine a story
that explained why magic was so hard to find.
Stealing
Magic began as a short story, which I wrote to settle an argument with my
daughters. I was encouraging them to enter a 500-word story competition, and
they were telling me that it was too difficult.
Once I had
written that first scene, it was impossible to stop. Jax and Darius,
magic-takers from Androva, appeared through a forbidden portal, and as a
result, Shannon might have become the first magician on our world for
centuries… there were so many questions to answer about what happened next!
Excerpt from Stealing Magic:
This excerpt is the moment when Jax first realizes that Androva could be in
danger, even though he doesn’t know about the treaty yet. He is being visited
by Revus, his father, and Marcus, another member of the Androvan Council.
Marcus
looked around the room with a rather disdainful look on his face, pausing when
he noticed the ceiling, and the colorful mists swirling there.
“You give
the boy far too much freedom Revus,” he declared. “He is a danger to
everything, with his disrespect for the Code, and his experimenting.”
Revus
sighed. He knew Marcus was correct, but he still hoped that Jax would conform
of his own accord without him having to impose the punishment that Marcus
wanted. There was also the matter of the Harvest Quota. Jax was the single best
magic-taker on Androva, and they could not afford to lose him, especially now.
“We need to
speak to you Jax,” began Revus, his expression even more solemn than usual.
“You must increase the quantity of your trips to Terra in the next two nights.
The Quota… there is a problem with some of the other harvests.”
Jax was
surprised. This was a significant confession for the Council to make. The Quota
was part of Androvan life, always protected, always secure.
“Of
course,” he replied. “I will do whatever the Council requires.” Marcus stepped
suddenly forwards, staring into Jax’s face with an intensity that would have
made Jax move backwards, had he not already been seated with his shoulders
against the window.
“You will
indeed do whatever we require,” he said menacingly. “You will follow the rules
of the Code, and you will accept the consequences if you do not.” Jax turned
his gaze towards his father.
“Oh yes,”
Marcus continued, with a small, rather nasty smile. “Your father agrees that
the time for tolerance is past. I will be watching you very closely from now
on.”


What exciting story are you working on
next?
I recently released the fourth book in the series, Controlling Magic. Like the other three books, it’s a
self-contained story, as I can’t seem to stop writing on a cliffhanger! In the
Androva/Terra universe, it’s been a year since the events of Stealing Magic,
and the adventures haven’t stopped. The last story involved another world
called Imbera, and I’m exploring the history of that a bit more in the fifth
book.


When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I’ve been
describing myself as an aspiring writer since my school days. Even as I grew
older, underneath the career history on my resume, I’ve always put writing as
one of my interests!
I don’t
know when I’ll be ready to drop the ‘aspiring’ part, because I still have so
much to learn. But I can’t wait to find out where my writing takes me next, and
I know that I’ll never stop.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
Unfortunately I can’t write full-time, but thanks to a very supportive
family, I manage to fit in quite a lot of writing around my day job. My writing
timetable is irregular, because there are weekends when I don’t feel like
writing at all, and other weekends when I do nothing but write. Sometimes I
just have to take a vacation day in order to keep writing, because I’m so into
the story that it would be almost painful to stop!
It would
all be much easier if I could plan my books, but I can’t seem to write that
way. I don’t know exactly where the story is going to go until I sit down to
write it, and I never know when or how it’s going to end until I get there.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I like to
give a reader of one of the previous books the chance to name a character in
the upcoming book. I’ve done this with all of them so far, and I’m about to
request contributions for the fifth book. Because Androva, and now Imbera, are
quite different worlds, you can be very creative with the names, and they could
be made up entirely!
Also, I use
brackets too much. (I could probably use them on every page if I didn’t stop
myself!). Beta readers often point this out to me.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I always wanted to write. I created stories in my head and on paper all the
time. When I was growing up, my heroes were all authors. I thought it was like
a superpower, being able to generate these amazing alternate realities out of
only words. Even though I ended up with much more of a business career, I
didn’t stop dreaming about one day writing a book. I was never brave enough to
try it though.

When I had
the idea for Stealing Magic, I just had to start writing. I don’t know why it
was different this time, but I’m incredibly grateful.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I want to
say a big thank you to everyone who has read my books. I love to hear from
readers, and I also love answering questions about the stories and characters,
so please let me know if you have any!



Links:

Thank you for being a guest on my blog!

Thank you
so much Lisa, I really enjoyed answering your questions!


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25 thoughts on “Interview with middle grade author Alex C Vick

  1. Ally Swanson says:

    Ahh you beat me here Alex lol! As always, congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour! See you again soon 🙂

  2. Alex C Vick says:

    Thanks Ally! I was awake at a ridiculous hour here in the UK, thanks to my cat demanding an early breakfast 🙂
    I really appreciate your continued support of the tour!

    • Alex C Vick says:

      Hi Andra, thanks for the question!
      My motivation started with a short story about magic-taking for my daughters. I wanted to invent a new explanation for why magic was so hard to find, and once I'd started, I had to carry on to find out what happened!

  3. Alex C Vick says:

    Thanks Ally, my weekend has been great so far! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend too!
    Thank you to everyone who has read the interview, I'm really glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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