Interview With Aldrea Alien
How long have you been writing?
Since I was twelve and first got the idea for The Rogue King. It has been a couple of decades now.
Before you started, had you written any fanfiction? If so, what fandom?
I have written fanfics, but it was after I had published other works. They were short stories set in the world of Dragon Age with my player characters, a sort of fleshing out of their back-stories. I managed a handful, then the first character I played kept nagging about the restrictions of the world, which led me to crafting my own and thus, the spellster universe came into being.
What was your first published book?
That would be The Rogue King. It was a science fantasy involving an alien lizardman who really goes through a lot of shit: he’s sacrificed to the serpent god of lust as a child, accidently summons the devil and then trades his shadow for wings, and had his soul taken by the star of night (to hide him from the god), then his woman is kidnapped after prematurely giving birth. *sigh* I miss that bat-shit crazy world. One day, I shall return to it.
Do you have a favorite character from one of your books? Why?
Tracker from the Spellster and the Hound series. Although, it might not seem that way as I put him through hell, multiple times, but he still manages to remain this perky, sarcastic character who cares about others. Truthfully, if he was a real person, he’d need so much therapy. And I just keep piling more on him.
What is your favorite sub-genre to write?
Fantasy. I love to build worlds, to craft history, to have magic and throw people into situations that just wouldn’t happen the same way in a contemporary setting.
Would you ever write a hetero romance? Why or why not?
I’ve written several and there’s at least two already planned for the spellster universe. A lot about my characters are fluid in the beginning stages, including their genders/species, and either one can change drastically. I don’t fight it when they choose to be something other than what I first imagined, they tend to not co-operate when I try. Sometimes, it feels like my writing is more akin to incident reports.
What book are you reading at the moment? It’s okay to give a fellow author a plug!
Zone of Action by AJ Sherwood. I haven’t gotten as far into the story as I want, because people keep interrupting me with demands that I do things like actually sleep. And by people, I mean my partner.
What are you currently working on?
Tracking Trouble, a prequel to In Pain and Blood, that focuses on Tracker’s spellster-hunting life as he… well, hunts spellsters. It’s still very much in its draft stage.
When creating your characters, do you have models/actors/real people in mind or are they totally fictional?
Not at first. I typically start with a few details I want and go hunting for faces that have those qualities until I find the right one. It’s also useful to be able to hand over a depiction to the artist who does my covers.
If you write gay romance or erotica, just how descriptive are you in their sex scenes?
I think I’m sort of in the middle ground, descriptive in some ways but not vividly so. Then again, I’m kind of a poor judge of how steamy I write. So take that with a pinch of salt.