J. Alexander Greenwood. That’s quite the mouthful, but a great name for an author, don’t you think? His friends call him Alex, and I’ve been given permission to do the same, so I will! I met Alex back in December 2010 and read his book Pilate’s Cross during the Christmas holidays. He was one of the first people I wanted to promote because I really enjoyed his book, and subsequently, recommended him to my friends. His book trailer was featured on my blog earlier this year.
I’m also proud to announce that Alex will be having a book signing on May 14th at the Bookworm in Omaha. For those of you on Facebook, go to his Event page and check out the details, or find out more on his website. If only I lived closer to Omaha!
Considering my connection with Alex early on, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to have him interviewed—I am, nonetheless, thrilled that he is part of my May line-up, a month when I’m highlighting all the things that move me. So, what moves me about Alex? Just read his response to what he admires in a woman, and you’ll see the type of man he is.
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J. Alexander Greenwood is a former journalist, politician, actor, television executive and radio talk show host J. Alexander Greenwood is drawn to write about what lies just beneath the surface of people and places. He’s written the thriller novel Pilate’s Cross, the award winning short story Obsidian, a half dozen or so failed book manuscripts and thousands of press releases in his day job as a public relations consultant where he blogs under AlexanderG Public Relations.
Alex resides in Kansas City with his wife and two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. His grandfather was a midlist Western and historical fiction writer who encouraged him to write.
Alex is currently working on a sequel to Pilate’s Cross and a novella based on the art of his Pilate’s Cross book cover artist David Terrill titled What the Gardener Saw.
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Inside J. Alexander Greenwood’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Having time to do it all. That translates into financial security, I suppose. If you’re not “workin’ for the man” you ostensibly have time to write, travel and live your life on your own terms.
What turns you on creatively? Music (Mark Snow, Sting, The Police, Beatles, Colin Hay, Crowded House, Dan Coyle, Shawn Colvin, Tired Pony, Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire, Decemberists, etc.). Also a sideways glance from the right woman.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Obviously. Apparently. “I see.”
What quality do you most admire in a man? I admire men who realize they don’t need to adopt the persona of an idiot in a beer commercial to be socially acceptable.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Confidence. In particular the ability to tell me that they don’t need me–they may want me around, but they can certainly do without me. (I married her.)
What is your greatest regret? Years ago a close friend was trying to tell me something and I was too self-absorbed to listen. She unexpectedly died soon after. I was a fool.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? That figurative “voice” in my head that tells me You’re not good enough (readers of my novel know him as “Simon”).
What is your greatest fear? Leaving this life before I see my daughter grown and reasonably happy.
Which living person do you most admire? I could name several people, but suffice it to say anyone who has been a “jack to a king and back” (thanks for that line Colin Hay) yet still persevere is tops with me. People who fall from grace or the pinnacle of success and make a comeback…or “regular folks” who simply get knocked down but get back up earn my admiration.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I wish sometimes I had stayed in acting. I’m certainly neurotic enough. I may go back to it someday–be a community theater dude. Yeah. With a ponytail.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A cumulus cloud.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Getting my shit together after a series of epic personal and career failures.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Ingratitude. I also deplore people who lack empathy for others. In particular I have a problem with people who “win the birth lottery” (those blessed with financial and social mobility) and from their lofty perch declare that poor people are poor solely because of laziness.
What is your greatest extravagance? A trip to the beach. I want to retire by the ocean someday. And wear a ponytail. (Did I mention that?)
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Dance with my daughter at her wedding or her 50th birthday party. Whichever comes first.
What is your present state of mind? Mildly amused by life and disappointed in society.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Shit. Damn it! Are you fucking kidding?
What is your motto? Aucun regret.
Connect with Alex
Thanks again Alex for being on “Inside the Author’s Mind.” I know that he loves hearing from readers, so please feel free to comment and ask him a question.