Navigating the World of Short Stories – An Interview with Alexander Raphael

Hey everyone. I wanted to share this interview I had with the wonderful Tomes and Tales blog I discovered recently. As you can imagine from such a bibliophile, the questions were varied and perceptive and it was a pleasure to answer them all. Please click below to see it.

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A few months ago, I had the chance of hosting the book Always Never, Rarely Sometimes on its blog tour. I loved the varied tales and their assortment of memorable characters and imaginative dialogue. On reaching out to Welsh-Mexican writer Alexander Raphael, I was thrilled when he agreed to do an interview feature for Tomes and Tales.

INTERVIEW WITH ALEXANDER RAPHAEL

1. From journalism to poetry and short stories, your writing career spans the spectrum of genres and forms. How do you navigate the different styles? Do you have any preferences for a particular form?

I think it all starts with a love of language. I’ve always loved the way different words can set a scene or describe a person, whether that’s in fiction or non-fiction, news or creative. And then it all comes down to audience really. In journalism it’s about being informative, accurate and succinct. Whereas when I…

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Author Interview – Alexander Raphael — OUT OF STANDARD BOOKS

I wanted to share an interview I did with the very awesome Victoria Ray. We’ve been blogger friends for years so was a real pleasure to answer some questions for her Author Interview series. Check out the interview and her site by following the link at the bottom. Enjoy 🙂

Alexander Raphael discusses his new (third) book, his place in the literary world, the power and challenges of writing daily. His first book of short stories – THE SUMMER OF MADNESS – is famous for moving, funny, heartbreaking, informative, and utterly captivating plots. 28 more words

Author Interview – Alexander Raphael — OUT OF STANDARD BOOKS

Reviews and Other Features: Being Interviewed on Esther Rabbit

I recently did an interview for Esther Rabbit, an author and blogger who promotes a variety of people, including writers, book designers and editors. Since starting the Blogging section in December 2018, she has interviewed 137 people, as well as sharing tips and advice on how to promote your work. Here’s my entry. I hope you like it.

https://estherrabbit.com/alexander-raphael/

 

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Reviews and Other Features: “October Birthdayz” Blogathon

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I haven’t been part of a Blogathon for quite a while now. In the past I’ve really enjoyed being part of features like the Back to School, The Top 10 Most Iconic Female Character and Song and Screen series ones, but I have been too busy for any ones recently. However, when Nuwan Sen suggested some flexibility for his October Birthdayz Blogathon I just had to contribute. And I knew just who to choose when selecting someone with a film background and an October birthday. Born on 9 October 1940, Lennon was in films such as Help, A Hard Day’s Night and Yellow Submarine, as well as numerous documentaries released posthumously such as The US v John Lennon. Here are eight of the most memorable quotes from a man who spread peace his whole life.

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Reviews and Other Features: Explosions in the Sky

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Last week I went with my sister to see a band I’d wanted to see for quite some time, Explosions in the Sky.  I’ve been a fan ever since I heard their third album The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place, which just blew my mind. It really was one of the best things I’ve ever heard. So when tickets became available in November last year I just had to go and see them. I’ve been fortunate to see great performances from artists such as Depeche Mode,  Coldplay, U2 and Duran Duran, and this was right up there. Like with Arcade Fire, I just had to write about the experience and share my photos.

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Reviews and Other Features: The Reader Problems Tag

I haven’t done any literature related posts since The Wasp Factory and even less since I answered The Inside Out Book Tag, so when I saw these literature-based questions on Galit’s Coffee N’ Notes’ website I just had to take it on. With some amusing (and semi-related) gifs of course.

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#GarryShandlingTribute

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It’s been a truly rotten year for the untimely passing of outrageous talents within the entertainment industry, and we haven’t even reached April. Added to the sad roll-call of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and Terry Wogan, is the comedy genius that was Garry Shandling (1949 – 2016).

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David Bowie Tribute

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It was with real sadness that I heard of the passing of David Bowie. Perhaps the biggest tribute I can pay to the Rock God is that I really thought he would be around forever. I’ve always been aware of what’s going on around us and that geniuses don’t live any longer than the rest of us. Indeed a lot of the time they are gone sooner. But with Bowie it really did seem as he was different and that the regular rules of life didn’t apply to him.

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Alex Raphael Sporadic Scene: Amadeus (1984) – Mozart Meeting with the Emperor

Zoë at The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger has a feature on her site where you pick a memorable scene and include a short analysis on it. Here’s my choice.

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I have yet another guest contributor for my Sporadic Scene segment. Today I would like to welcome Alex of Alex Raphael with his scene. Thank you so much Alex!

If you have a scene that you would like featured, drop me a mail at sporadiczoe@hotmail.com with a picture/gif/video of the scene and an explanation as to why (should you want to include it).


I love individual rivalries. It’s one of the big reasons I am such a sports fan. Ali v Frasier, Senna v Prost, Borg v MacEnroe, Magic Johnson v Bird, Coe v Ovett. It’s more unusual to find them in film, even in sporting ones. And even more curiously, one of the most fascinating and absorbing rivalries on film is found in a period drama. The relationship between Mozart and Salieri may not be as evenly matched as those mentioned previously, but it is no less fascinating. The…

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