Born in Orlando and raised in Chicago, Alex has been writing since he was 14. His love for history started young and he seeing history and fantasy combine was amazing. This piqued his interest and thus, began the journey of a Fantasy writer – Alex Dipego.
His new book ‘When Elephants Fly’ is the first installment of The Fabled Elephants series. In a candid talk, he talked about himself and his writing. Excerpts are presented below:
Hello, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Alex: Hello! I am Alex DiPego, hopefully your next favorite fantasy writer.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Alex: When I was thirteen and writing roleplays online and really diving into the fantasy world. LoTr just came out and I felt a deep need in exploring into that sort of world.
What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
Alex: I look at stories from many sources. Whether it’s old fables or some cool story mythological creature. I love that sort of thing and wonder how people came up with these creatures and beliefs. I look for ways to incorporate them into my story and give homage to them.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Alex: I enjoy writing dialogue and honestly get so deep into the weeds I have to reread the dialogue a hundred times to because I ignore the who;e “he said, she said.” bits and have to backtrack.
Tell something in brief about your latest book The Elephants Fly. How did the idea of coming up with this book strike you?
Alex: I’ve had an epic novel idea that I’ve been working on for a very long time and in that novel is this guild called The Flying Elephants. I thought it be cool to write the story on the creation of this guild and get better at storytelling and thus the first installment of When Elephants Fly.
Did you face any challenge while bringing out your book?
Alex: Grammar is my biggest weakness and so just sitting through the edits really slows me down and takes the air out of my desire at times.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
Alex: Present tense versus Past tense. It’s so easy while writing to switch and it is incorrect and until I started writing, I didn’t know how wrong that was.
How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
Alex: It’s interesting to see the love for books budding so wildly and going strong when ebooks have taken such a huge chunk of the market, yet paperback and hardcover live on strong.
Have you ever gotten a writer’s block? How would you suggest overcoming it?
Alex: Oh, yea! All the time. I tend to either switch what story I am writing on or look for inspiration in other books, movies, anime or games.
Which one is your favorite genre? Your favorite book?
Alex: I love fantasy and adventure novels. My favorite of all time is The Alchemist.
Who is that one author that inspires you?
Alex: That’s hard, but with so many good books from him I have to lean back on Paulo Coelho.
The best piece of writing advice you would like to give to the budding writers?
Alex: Write, write and write some more. Keep writing so much and accepting all negative and positive feedback. The more you write the better it will become.
Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project that you are working on?
Alex: It’s Nanowrimo this month and I am working on a YA story still based in my world of When Elephants Fly, but yes you will see more from me I have the 2nd installment waiting to work on come December to hopefully kick off the new year.
*We wish Alex all the best for his future endeavors.*
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