Thursday, June 6, 2013

Author Interview – Alexandra Sokoloff

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Tie between New Orleans, London and San Francisco.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing? My father grew up in Mexico, a country that’s steeped in magical realism.  But he was also a scientist, so he had this strange polarity of spiritualism and rationalism. I think that’s made me cross the possibility of the supernatural with very rational explanations for whatever weirdness goes on in my books. I like to walk that edge.  And my family did quite a bit of traveling, so along with all the good stuff—great art, ancient cultures, different mores and political beliefs—I was exposed to disturbing images and situations: poverty, desperation, oppression, madness. From the time I was a very young child I was very sensitive to the fact that there’s a lot of weirdness out there, and a lot of danger from unstable people. It certainly influenced my dark themes.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was always into theater, much more into the performance side when I was a kid – but I was also writing plays with my best friend when we were just in grade school. We’d put on these crazy performances in her garage and charge the neighbors a dollar admission. It was what we did instead of selling lemonade, I guess.  It taught me that you could make money from writing, though!
When and why did you begin writing? My mother made me write a journal from kindergarten on. Just a sentence, then a paragraph, then a page. I became an obsessive journaler. I guess that was the start of it. Writing was the way I thought. Then came the strange garage plays, and then theater, then screenwriting, and now novels.
How long have you been writing? I always wrote.  Storytelling started when I was about eight or nine.  I’ve been writing professionally for about 20 years.
When did you first know you could be a writer? I started out acting and dancing, then directing plays and choreographing musicals. Often I would rewrite scenes or add scenes, and when you do live theater, you know right away if something you’ve written works, because of the audience reaction. So I knew I could write. But the real thunderbolt was when I had written my first one-act play for a college class, and the professor had a graduate student cast and direct it. When my characters walked out on that stage and I saw how the audience reacted to them, I knew I WAS a writer.
What inspires you to write and why? That’s such an impossible question!  I don’t think of writing as inspiration at all, it’s a constant state of being.  It’s the way I process life, and the way I live life.
Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us? I think my next in person appearance is at the Horror Writers Convention in New Orleans.  Then Thrillerfest, in New York. There’s a regularly updated list on my website:
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? I’d like to think that I wrote and taught in a way that inspired my readers to think and feel. I’d like to think that I got a great deal of deep living done as well as writing.
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Genre – Mystery / Thriller 
Rating – PG13 
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