Hello Readers and Writers!
Today we want to introduce you to a crime author who has an enormous humorous side. Even with that, he is not a fan of feel-good, bubblegum stories and likes to see the darkness, the pain, and the false smiles in people. His sense of realism makes his books grounded and his characters relatable!
Introducing Alex Micati!
When did you start writing as a career?
I was in High School, more than 20 years ago, and was bored. Epically bored. I just grabbed a pen and a piece of paper and wrote whatever was in my head. For years, it was more of a hobby, though. Capital Murders, my 2-year old child, was the diving board into the writing career path. I’m a young parent of a bald old fart.
What's your current work in progress?
I’ve got two. One is Deadly Impasse, another book in the Detective Carter series. At the moment, it’s in the typing stage and the release date is TBD. It is the same structure as Capital Murders, in the sense that there are murders in Ottawa (Canada’s capital) and it’s a race against the clock to find the killer. What if there’s no killer? Shocking, isn’t it? With this one, I’ve let my Twitter persona emerge a lot more. This is me saying that there may or may not be puns in that novel. World-class dad jokes, if I may say so.
The other is Manky Business (working title). It is set in Edinburgh, where I spent my last holiday before the confinement. I loved that city so much that I wanted to stay for a longer period of time. Alas, life and the day job were the mermaids of despair and I had to go back to my mundane reality. In this one, a young lady of the night is found dead, in an abandoned building in the port of Edinburgh. Her murder will be investigated by Detective Inspector Angus Cochrane and it’ll be a surprising one.
The sequel to Capital Murders is deep in my head, but it’s getting a bit clearer, every day. This one will be started early next year. I need to read Capital Murders (and suggest that you do, too!), so that I can recall how it ends.
You write Crime Fiction. What led you to write in that genre?
I’m not a fan of feel-good, bubblegum stories. I need to see the darkness, the gruesome, the pain, the false smiles in people. I also am a fan of really dark humor and you just can’t find that in a romantic comedy. Sadly.
Do you have any plans to write outside of the Crime Fiction genre?
Maybe a comedy, one day. TBD.
How do your books rebel against the status quo in your genre?
They don’t, for the time being. I’m of the “live by the rules when you start creating” mentality. When I’ll be a household name, if ever I end up being one, I’ll rebel against everything. Even by writing a novel where the killer reveals himself in the beginning. Or a novel with the best word in the English language: moist.
In your book "Capital Murders", your main character is a strong and determined detective. In Crime books, the detectives can have many different personalities. What motivated you to write Det. Carter the way you did?
I wanted to write a character to whom everyone could relate. If someone who’s having a rough time reads my book, it can create an “if he can, I can” thing in their brains. (If you’re having a rough time, here’s a hug. You’re a boss, damn it!)
Does your life influence your writing in any way?
Yep. Writing is therapy I can afford. If I hate someone – it often happens, in my case – I create a character based on that person. More often than not, they don’t survive. In the fiction.
Your debut novel came out in 2018. How has your writing changed since then?
It’s a lot more stressful, now. There’s a higher percentage of doubt. I also fear I’ll rewrite the same book, despite having a different cast of characters. Doubt is a powerful enemy, people.
You are also something of a humorist! How hard is it to write humor?
Nowadays, there are two highly difficult things in life: rocket science and humor. There’s also cooking, but that’s my own challenge. Writing humor is tough because there’s the fear of offending anyone that always lurks. This is why whenever I laugh at religions, for example, I make sure to aim at all the main ones. Equal opportunity in comedy! (As you can probably tell, I aim to offend and will not apologize to anyone who may be offended.)
Talk to me about the path you choose in publishing.
I chose to sell my soul to the ‘Zon and the mermaids of self-publishing. I felt it gave me a higher control, as far as the non-writing things are concerned. What I didn’t know was that I had to wear those hats, too. It’s hair-pulling!
How do you beat writer's block?
I don’t. I’m a pacifist in that way. If there’s a writer’s block, I just do something else and wait for it to disappear. I had one, after the “birth” of my first novel. I felt it was almost like a postpartum depression that lasted a few months.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy walks (while protected), watching mind-numbing things on that Netflix thing, naps, and taking selfies.
What are you reading currently?
I’m reading “The Girl on the Train”. This is such a good book that I can’t let it go. It’s like a slow roast simmering in my hands or a glass of literary wine. You just can’t gulp it down in minutes. You have to taste every scene in it. This style of writing is something I aim to achieve, in my own stories. I also started my second reading of “The Poet”, by one of the masters in the crime fiction genre, Mr. Michael Connelly. I bought it in a small bookstore in Killarney. It was 3 floors of shelves. Heavenly.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
Less tweets, more books. (And potentially book signings. If possible.)