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Interview with Alexa Koch | Author of 27 Stories

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

I'm so excited about what I'm sharing with you guys today - an interview with Alexa Koch, the author of 27 Stories! There are probably very few people who have been following my blog since I first did an interview series {way back in the being of 2015 when I was still a newbie blogger} but I'm reviving the idea of an interview post in 2018 to introduce you to one of my online-best-friends, Alexa Koch, and chat about the BOOK she published this year! If you've already been following Alexa as well, this post is going to be a great way to learn a little bit more about her.

So, let's dive right into my conversation with Alexa!

I know I got to experience a lot of the behind scenes fun stuff with you through the magic of social media while you were writing and going through the publishing process, but I would love to hear your thoughts looking back. Now that everything is complete, how would you describe the process of writing your first novel?

Unexpected! I had no idea what I was doing as far as the self-publishing process, so it was very much learning as I went (though I did have some much appreciated tips from a former college instructor). Also, the writing itself ebbed and flowed a lot. I wouldn't open the draft for months at a time and then I would sit down and write 3,000 words at once.

How long did the entire process take — from concept to writing to publishing?

I started writing 27 Stories in October 2014 and published it in April of this year. So... a while. Haha. That said, I wasn't continuously working on it. I didn't start the story with the intention of publishing it, or even with a word count past the length of a short story. It sort of just took that turn, so I'd write when I had time or felt inspired.

For anyone reading this post who hasn't yet read 27 Stories (but I know they're adding it to their Amazon cart right now!), what short summary of the novel would you give?

27 Stories follows 21-year-old Amber, a college junior living in New York City, through life and relationships — and self-discoveries made through her experiences — for a few months.

Where did most of your writing take place?

Coffee shop corners and my bed.

Music is definitely a big part of your life, so I have to ask, what did the soundtrack of the making of 27 Stories consist of?

It was probably just whatever I was listening to at the time (I make monthly playlists and will also go on artist/album binges).

What authors have inspired you?

I'm pretty sure I (unconsciously) went the YA direction because of a deep-rooted nostalgic appreciation for Sarah Dessen's books and a lingering love for The Fault in Our Stars.

What are some of your favorite novels?

I never know how to answer this question! I've read so many books, but I don't know if I really favor certain books. A few that I've read and that still stand out to me: Wuthering Heights (which I've read several times) by Emily Bronte; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

What inspires you creatively?

I find that my dreams will sometimes inform my writing, which is sort of bizarre, considering we don't remember most of our dreams. I've also based a character or two on people I know or have known in real life. There was a lot of me and my own experiences woven into the fabric of 27 Stories.

Besides writing, what do you do in your free time?

I love listening to music and going to concerts. I'm also big into books, the beach, and trying new restaurants and coffee shops. I'm a #stressbaker, too.

Where can fans find more of your work?

On my website. I publish certain pieces to my Medium account, as well.

What are your plans for the future and when can we expect your second novel?

I'm currently working on grad school applications; my goal is to return to school next fall to get my MFA in fiction. As for the second novel? I wish I could give some kind of timeline, but I have no idea when that book will be finished.

To wrap things up, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Write daily, even if you're just writing a paragraph about something you saw that day. It's important to just keep writing. Don't let it get stale.

Thanks to Alexa for sitting down to chat with us! She gave some valuable information for aspiring authors and it was so interesting to learn behind-the-scenes details of what it's like to write and self-publish a novel. I personally admire Alexa so much because I know how hard she worked for this — on the Mads Maybe list of inspiring girl bosses, you'll find Alexa at the top.

If you loved learning about Alexa, be sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter, and definitely don't forget to get your copy of 27 Stories!