Turning the Pages: Fangirlish Interviews Author @AlyxandraH

We’re honored today to bring you an interview with Alyxandra Harvey. You may know her from some of her amazing books – our favorite being Haunting Violet. Harvey is a beautiful writer – weaving an epic story with beautiful words.  We love The Drake Chronicles for their snarky wisdom.

We’re a fan. Here’s our interview –

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a YA paranormal and I’ve just finished a strange apocalyptic-fantasy that I still kinda have a crush on.

What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2015?

 The sequel to the short story collection “The Curiosities” by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenda Yovanoff is out this autumn and I can’t wait! The first is such a great mix of fiction and commentary and process.

Writing YA is not easy. What made you start writing in YA versus any other genre?

There used to be a 3-Day-Novel-Writing contest over the Labour Day weekend here in Canada and that was the first time I tried writing YA. I figured it didn’t matter—how much damage could I do in 3 days? I ended up with a rough first draft and a further love for the YA genre!

What inspires you?

Strange historical trivia is a favourite. So are long walks and good books and rivers. And napping. If I’m stuck on a plot point, laying down for a nap is almost always helpful.

Also, Tom Mison in Sleepy Hollow. That’s pretty inspiring 😉

If a new reader was starting to read your books, which book do you think that they should start with?

It really depends what flavour of paranormal that they are interested in: contemporary or historical? Vampires? Ghosts? Fae?
If historical, I’d say ‘Haunting Violet’. If they want snark, definitely The Drake Chronicles!
If all of the above:  I have a new YA out with Entangled this spring–it’s all the monsters together.

You have held down a lot of different jobs. If you weren’t a writer, which odd job do you think you would still be holding down?

I have a feeling I’d still be doing fun jobs until I got bored and moved on— because everything else is not writing.
But I’d be happy working archaeology too, I think.  And I saw a movie credit once for an “archeao-mythologist”.  I’m not a hundred percent sure what that even is, but I think I’d really like it.
And I’d love to work on Time Team!

What’s your writing process like?

 It used to be very linear and calm. Now it’s kind of all over the place.  I write in notebooks by hand, on the computer, sometimes out of order, sometimes not.

What do you do to unwind when you just can’t look at your computer anymore?

The usual: read books and watch movies. I also cross-stitch and needlepoint, because it’s so very useful to have a needlepoint-Tardis and  a cross-stitch Captain Mal.
Thanks for talking with us Alyx! We’re fans!


I work a lot. Fangirlish is my baby. I work in social media professionally and I love it - which is probably why I don't keep up on my own. I don't sleep enough and I obsess too much over my favorite things. I need to work on combing my hair more. Or at elast I need to stop dying it different colors.