About Alex Myers
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. teacher, backcountry caretaker on the Appalachian Trail, Audubon Society Naturalist, Forest Ranger Assistant, Dishwasher, Prep Cook
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Phillips Exeter Academ & Harvard
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. jj kale
Q. Favorite movie
A. tank girl
Q. Favorite television show
A. I have never owned a tv
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. 21st century Benjamin Franklin, hold the science.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If I am not for myself, who is? (Reb Hillel)
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. The act of loving and being loved... a balance of having basic wants satisfied but still wanting something profound & sublime.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Waking up with no memory and no sense of self.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I'm pretty happy where I am.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I wouldn't say I identify with her... but I am interested in, feel sympathy with, and enjoy reading about Willa Cather.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Honestly, too many to list. When I used to race triathlons, I did a few races where Team Hoyt competed. I would have to say that I admire them tremendously.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Is, was, were.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Waiting until my thirties until I started writing seriously.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd like to play the guitar well.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I hope that I haven't yet reached that point.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I tend to be rather a creature of habit.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I like to clean.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I am most happy as myself.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Meursault. But I tend to prefer the zeroes to the heroes.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Humbert humbert.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would love to meet Moses and get the straight story.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who don't look where they are going.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Forest Ranger
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, patience, reliability
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. The list changes frequently. "Lodestar," "Office Girl," "Jolene," "Drifter's Life," and "Stormy Weather" are currently some favorites.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Albert Camus... Michael Chabon, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Stranger, A Lost Lady, Demian, Bend Sinister, Dune
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Get a pen and paper and get to it.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Where do you get your ideas?