Welcome to April’s Featured Blog, something I’ll be posting here on Lit and Scribbles most of the month to introduce all of you to perhaps some new future friends and get to know a little more about your blogging community.
Let’s chat with Alex Brant, writer of the blog Miss Alexandrina Brant. Tell us who you are Alex:
AB: I’m officially Alexandrina, but friends call me ‘Alex’. Alex Brant. A 17-year-old student of Latin, Religious Studies and Psychology, with stupidly curly hair, I spend most of my free-time thinking about writing, but when I’m not doing anything serious, I puzzle-solve or play computer games. Such is the life of a teenager!
J: When did you first start blogging and what is your blog about?
AB: I created the Miss Alexandrina blog January last year, but didn’t really start blogging until about October time. My tag-line is ‘the thinking space of a not-quite novelist’, and it’s true that I post anything I come up with. I’ve tried structure; it doesn’t quite work for me. Overall, I try and keep to topics of writing, music, psychology and philosophy and photography.
J: Which of your posts was the most fun to write and why?
AB: Probably the Next Big Thing one – it’s certainly attracted some of the most visitors for one post. I had to put faces to names, hunting for the perfect actors to fill the faceless mannequins in my visuo-spatial sketchpad; and, thereafter, the characters did take on a new depth. Plus, it made the idea of publishing a novel more real for me.
J: What type of stories do you write?
AB: Although When the Clock Broke, my biggest novel, is a NA steampunk-sci-fi romance, my favourite genre is actually the mystery genre, and I have written both contemporary mystery and Agatha-Christie-era novels. I tend to stay away from shorts under 10K, but, genre-wise, I think the only genres I stay away from are urban supernatural (think: werewolves, vampires, zombies) and gore-horror. I prefer psychological horror because there’s that mystery element to it.
J: Protagonist excluded, which of your characters is your favorite?
AB: Apart from the main character(s), I don’t really have firm favourites. At the moment, I like the young maid, Tia Carnassus, because she’s recently become a RC (Recurring Character) for the planned sequels, so I’m happily delving further into her character. Although she says she’s an orphan, I’ve recently found out that she has a long-lost niece, and this adds to the self-centred young women, willing to trick others for the sake of her ambition, who’s just getting acquainted with her antagonistic side.