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Interview with Gordon Hooper, author of Alex and Katija

By T Gleichner
Posted Apr 24, 2013 in Entertainment
Why was writing Alex and Katija, High and Mighty” so important to you?
Well, I can’t say that it was that important. I had a fun idea that I wanted to explore and it just mushroomed into a wild, irreverent and funny book. But sure, poking fun at the politically correct is both amusing and necessary, if you ask me.
What was the writing/creative process like?
Fun! I have done a lot of traveling, so my brain is jam-packed with places, characters and events to draw inspiration from. Which is good, as Alex and Katija’s adventure often take them abroad. Fortunately I don’t get writers block, my problem is that I get too many ideas, shooting off in every direction.
How did you come up with the title?
The book was initially named “The Holstein Agency,” which I thought would fit well with the Alex’s snobby and old-fashioned attitude and speech. But fortunately I was persuaded to come up with a more contemporary and upbeat title. As it is a series, I wanted a title that would be easily recognized, a brand name if you will. So, “Alex and Katija” it became, with “High and Mighty” being the first.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not sure that I consider myself a writer! Sure I have the writing bug, and that’s what I want to do with my life. But I’m a bit hesitant to call myself an author or writer until I can do it full time and it pays all the bills.
What books do you believe influenced you in your life?
“Lord of the rings” for sure, as it got me into reading. I was inspired by the odd and often weird like “Conspiracy of Dunces,” “The Dice Man” and “Perfume.” All works of HP Lovecraft must be included. Other writers would be London, Poe, Melville, Huxley, Orwell among many others.
How much influence did you have in the cover of your book? Did you initially have a different idea of how it would look?
I came up with the basic idea for the cover, which would showcase the major themes of the book; violence, sex, political incorrect humor, action and adventure. We had a model lined up to act the part of Katija, but she bailed for like the 100th time, so my nephew’s nanny had to stand in. Lacking a male model, I had to be Alex. My publisher, New Libri Press did the background and lettering.
Can you describe a typical day for you?
Juggling writing with a day job and others aspects of life makes for an erratic writing schedule. But on a good day, dedicated to writing, I write in the morning when I still have lots of energy. Usually buzzing on caffeine and nicotine.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Backpacking across the globe. Not much of that in the recent years due to a lack of funds and time. I like to work out, lifting weights and running. Play computer games, and of course I read a lot.
What do your family and friends think of your writing?
Hard to tell, but they are supportive and think it’s fun, I guess. I think they were shocked by the antics of Alex and Katija, but I’ve always been a weirdo so it should come as no surprise.
What do you think is more important – a good plot, or good characters? Why did you choose the one you did?
I would say that they are equally important. But if you twist my arm then, ok, characters. This is especially true when writing a series when the readers get to know memorable characters, to love, or love to hate.
The adventures of Alex and Katija are fast paced and episodic throughout the book, so their characters become more important, love them or hate them.
Gordon Hooper is the author of “Alex and Katija, High and Mighty.” It was published on, November 6 2012, courtesy of Seattle publisher New Libri Press.
One could tell his life’s story with a poem:
Born by gypsies
Raised by wolves
Schooled by fools
Employed by cretins
Scooped up by Libri
Highly inaccurate and somewhat irrelevant prose, yes yes I know – what are you, my mother?
But when has truth, that dull ignoramus, ever been able to measure up to a well-crafted lie?
Most of his work is created solely to make people laugh, or at the very least smile. He tries to be offensive as often as humanly possible.
When not – then he is most likely being semi-blackmailed by his publisher, who has a hell of a job in keeping us all out of jail and preventing the premises of New Libri Press from being torched.
Contrary to his wishes he currently resides in the depressing little freeze box of Stockholm, Sweden.
He was born on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain in 1977, but was imported to the frigid shores of Sweden at the tender age of two.
He is currently working on the sequel “Alex and Katija, The terrible Two.”
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