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Kim Alexander

Kim Alexander has 9 articles published.

Kim Alexander grew up in the wilds of Long Island, NY and slowly drifted south until she reached Key West. After spending ten rum-soaked years as a DJ in the Keys, she moved to Washington DC, where she lives with two cats, an angry fish, and her extremely patient husband. She began writing when she ran out of authors to interview (and they pulled the plug on her channel, Sirius XM Book Radio.) Kim was in her twenties when she finally read a book not prominently featuring spaceships and/or wizards. Turns out Jane Austen was pretty funny! THE SAND PRINCE is Kim's first novel and begins a fantasy series called THE DEMON DOOR. Her husband tells her she needs to write at least ten more books if she intends to retire in Thailand, so thank you for your patronage. Please visit her at kimalexanderonline.com.

Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: Advice for Writers of Fantasy

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Where do you get your news? If you’re like me, it’s a combo of Twitter, Colbert, and as little TV as I can get away with. (And then, the shower-crying.) As we continue to build and populate our fantasy world, it’s worth thinking about where your beekeepers, wenches, and princesses get their information. Does your agrarian worker’s paradise have the internet? (Trick question: by definition paradise has no internet.) Is your steampunk city (so many gears!) equipped with a brass and glass version of telephones? Does your underwater domed kingdom communicate with its neighbors by courier-fish? As always, that’s one of the pleasures of a DIY world–there aren’t any wrong answers. However, there must be answers. (And some of them will…

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Bees and Wenches: Kim Alexander Expands on the Chosen One Trope

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Okay, this is going to be a difficult one. We’ve been talking about the elements of world building, and specifically world building for your very own fantasy novel, and this one is going to be about one of the most common, nearly unavoidable tropes that ever troped: the Chosen One. You know how it works. One minute you’re a milkmaid, or a farm boy, or the illegitimate child of a nasty nobleman, and the next you have ninja-level fighting skills, magic you can’t control, or (if you’re super lucky) a dragon drops from the sky and declares undying devotion (in Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice, ‘Why not?’) Now you’re probably thinking I’m going to advise against using the device in your fantasy…

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Kill the Princess: Writing Tips from Kim Alexander

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I’m back and talking world building, and this time I’m looking at you, writer who makes every heroine in her stories a princess! This is going to be slightly different from Chosen One Syndrome, because when it comes down to it, every protagonist is a chosen one; you’ve chosen to write about them. In this installment, I’ll be talking about working for a living. When authors are creating their Fantasy Lands (pop. unicorns) it’s easy to spot the default–faux medieval Europe. And if you have a bunch of forbidding, craggy, windswept mountains with impenetrable fortresses (fortressi?!) atop them, the next thing you’re gonna do is make your main character a princess. (Or a prince — I don’t know your life.)…

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Kim Alexander Tackles Hair Details in Her Series on World Building

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In my continuing series on world building, I’ve mostly been talking about big-picture components: time, religion, the written word. In this edition, let’s narrow the focus. Picture a woman. Now get closer. Let’s look at her head. What’s she got going on? Is her hair flawless; waist length and perfectly highlighted? So we can assume she can afford to get a regular blow-out, or her work demands that she always looks just-so, or someone pays her salon bills. Maybe she’s young and carefree, or she’s trying to cling to her free-flowing youth. Maybe she’s got it yanked into a post-gym ponytail, or cut short because she just had a baby and wants to keep little hands from yanking it. Is…

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Book Excerpt! Kim Alexander’s ‘Pure: A Paranormal Romance’

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For a sneak peek of Kim Alexander’s Pure: A Paranormal Romance (Captive Quill Press, March 12, 2017) check out the excerpt below! Pure: A Paranormal Romance Chapter One The unicorn walked right past me. Maybe it didn’t notice me because I was standing behind my car. I know, a Mini Cooper isn’t that big, and I was just standing there with my key in my hand and my mouth hanging open. But it didn’t look my way; it just kept walking up the middle of Kenyon Street like it was an enchanted grove or something. It was getting close to 4:30 in the morning, so there wasn’t any traffic, just some late night drinkers looking for Ubers, and me, getting off…

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Oh My God! The Writing of Belief Systems in Fictional Novels

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How does a belief system and God factor in when writing fictional novels and deciding what your characters believe in or if they believe in a higher power at all? The Sand Prince Author Kim Alexander digs deep and shares how she handles the topic of faith and religion as the writer. So you’re blazing away at your manuscript when suddenly–A shot rang out! But it was a shot from a magic wand, or a demon’s hand, or a unicorn’s horn because you’re writing a fantasy novel, and it was probably more of a radiant blast of light, or concentrated beam of fire or something. Anyway. A shot rang out! Oh my God! Ah, there’s your problem. What does your…

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How Time Fits Into the Creation of a Fictional World

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Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? What’s the statute of limitations on wishing someone a happy new year before you start to sound like you’re maybe not from around these parts? What if you really aren’t from around these parts? Last time, we discussed creating holidays in your fictional fantasy world. Today I’m going a step farther and talking about time. Not time travel–that’s an entirely different kettle of slimy, confusing, paradoxical fish. I’m talking about how we experience time, how we talk about it, and how in a fantasy world, we can use it. There are loads of things that are more or less fixed. We are mammals, bipeds, we have five senses, we have…

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Celebrations! The Feelings of Festivus and Imaginary Holidays in Books

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Happy Festivus! Because you’re a person who lives in the world, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Festivus, of course, is the invented holiday ‘celebrated’ by George Costanza’s family (and my family, and maybe yours) originally seen on Seinfeld. In my last article, I wrote about the power of imaginary books–books that characters in novels talk about and read, but don’t really exist. (I suppose it must be said that all holidays are imaginary, in that someone, somewhere thought them up and told their buddies they had a great idea for a day off.) I thought about our human holidays, and how much of the trappings of Christmas, for instance, are just things we talk and sing about…

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The Power of the Imaginary Book and How Kim Alexander’s Became a Reality

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What are your favorite books within books? Since I’m a weirdo, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon springs to mind. Harry Potter has dozens of them. Frank Herbert’s Dune not only has pages of them, but references them liberally throughout the text. Fictional books have always appealed to me, as much, almost as books of fiction. They are the mystery that can never be solved, they impact our heroes (and villains) without ever showing their faces. They have great power. I wanted one. In my epic fantasy novel, The Sand Prince, my hero, the misfit demon prince Rhuun, finds just such a book–a marvelous story of the adventures of a human man and his friends and enemies on the other side of The Door, the…

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