Alma Alexander - the Duchess of Fantasy is creating new worlds of enchantment and wonder
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Hi, my name is Alma Alexander, and I am a writer.

My head is full of stories. They will out. They NEED out. But as many of you know the publishing world is in a process of flux - and people like me, people who write things that don't necessarily fall into neat marketing boxes, people who write lyrical and lush, people who take the time to create characters who walk off the page and into your memories or worlds whch linger in your dreams, those people have always had a hard time trying to find their niche, and never more so than now.

Mine are the words that need to go directly from me to you, my readers. So that's why I am here...

There are stories I want to share. You can be here to catch them.

For as little as the price of a cup of coffee a month, you can be a part of a creative world. And you are supporting someone who lives and breathes and dreams by the word. I promise you, I will not disappoint you.

A little about me - I've been a full time writer for more than 15 years, with more than a dozen novels to my credit - they include internationally published bestsellers like "The Secrets of Jin-shei" (out in 14 languages worldwide), "Embers of Heaven", the YA fantasy Worldweavers trilogy, Midnight at Spanish Gardens", the Were Chronicles (Random, Wolf and Shifter), the humorous SF novel "Abducticon", the newset lush historical "Empress, the (I suppose best described as) paranormal romance "Wings of Fire" .... and in thre somewhere I've edited two anthologies, "River" and "Children of a Different Sky".  I've been compared to Amy Tan, Gail Tsukiyama,, Octavia Butler, Haruki Murakami, JK Rowling, and others... and I've also been called entirely original, and my own thing. Back when I was beginning my writerly journey the literary legend Roger Zelazny read one of my stories and told me, "You have a voice all of your own. Nobody else will ever write this way."

I'll keep writing. You can help.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF A CURRENT PROJECT?

I am putting together a short story collection called "Untranslatable" - stories based on and inspired by words in various languages (ranging from Portuguese and Spanish to rare tongues like Inuit or that spoken in Tierra del Fuego) which mean things that it would require an entire descriptive paragraph of English to do justice to. Stories already in place range from older, already published tales to brand new and never before seen stories which have either not been published yet or have been written specially for this collection; I still have three story 'slots' to fill. Where do you come in? Become a patron at $5 or higher and you get to see the entire collection - here - before anyone else does. More than that, you help me fill those last three slots. Anyone pledging $10 or more gets a signed copy of the book when it comes out, free, with my thanks, and an option to purchase further copies at 50% off the list price. All patrons at $1.$2 or $5 levels don't get it free but they STILL have that 50% discount in place if they wish to purchase it. How about it? Want to help me put a unique collection together? 

BUT WAIT... THERE"S MORE...

I may be embarking on a whole new cycle of novels, historical fantasies based on medieval history of the Balkans - my own history, my own back yard, it was only a matter of time before I went there, after all, and trust me - the story reads like Game of Thrones sometimes. Currently playing with Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, medieval Serbia, Tamerlane and the Golden Horde... there is so much material here that I am still casting for a place to START. You want to help? For patrons $5 or higher, I will be providing insights... essays... research squibs... character outlines of the major players...possibly even glimpses of WIP as it begins to take shape. For patrons pleding $10 or more there will be special ofers on the eventual books, input on character development, possible (even if necessarily modified, given the name structure) Tuckerization  in the novels or the option to pick a character name if a direct Tuckerisation is not possible due to linguistic barriers. Want to watch me build a world, write (potentially several) stories  in this setting? Become a Patron!


Rewards
Become A Patron
$1 or more per month
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Plus all previous rewards
cup of coffee
$2 or more per month
All who pledge $2 monthly will receive an ebook copy of one of my Triads, themed three-story collections on such topics as ghosts, romance, science fiction, fantasy... (you will get to choose which one you would like)
The Writing School
$4 or more per month
on offer - writing modules on worldbuilding, character creation, etc. Essays on writing, interactive assignments, even occasional group chats can be arranged... Also, when the Living Literary book becomes a Thing, you got a copy if you commit to this level for at least a year.)
Prefer a cappucino?
$5 or more per month
All who pledge $5 monthly will receive an ebook copy of one of the Triads (your choice) plus a copy of Weight of Worlds, which is a bigger collection of my stories
Coffee and a snack?
$8 or more per month
All who pledge $8 monthlywill receive an ebook copy of one of the Triads (your choice) plus an ebook copy of my popular Houses in Africa autobiography/memoir
A more substantial meal?
$12 or more per month
If you commit to this monthly amount for at least a year you'll receive a framed photograph from the photography show "Into the Light" (I'll be posting them on the Patreon page and you can choose your image there -images are public but the stories will be Patron only on site) - each image comes with its own story, and is unique - choices are first come first served, so please indicate three choices in order of preference when you make your pick just in case your first favorite has already been claimed
Would you like dessert with that?
$15 or more per month
All who pledge $15 monthly will get a signed copy of my novel "Midnight at Spanish Gardens". if you pick this reward, add $3 to your pledge and let me know that you've done that when you pledge, and give me a choice you want a character to tackle, I promise you a short story about YOUR character and YOUR choice. I may ask - if enough of these accrue - for permission to combine them into an anthology, eventually. But that's in the future...
Dining in a restaurant with actual tablecloths?
$40 or more per month
All who pledge $40 monthly will receive a signed copy of my novel "Embers of Heaven" in addition to a signed copy of "Midnight at Spanish Gardens" That's for the readers. If you are a writer, I will throw in(at this level) a critique of a short story or the first 50 pages of a novel.
For the writers...
$50 or more per month
Skype with me (45 minutes - once a month or perhaps once every couple of months?) and talk about anything you want - questions about worldbuilding? Characters? Plot? Dialogue? Writing at the level of language? Your choice - talk about life, the universe, and everything to do with your writing. 
Platinum package - limited availability
$180 or more per month
ONE TIME REWARD - all who pledge $180 will receive a now extremely rare collector's edition of a signed hardcover copy of "Secrets of Jin Shei". These are out of print, and you probably can't find one in mint condition out there any more, at least not easily. It's what I call my "blessed book", and this partciular edition has one of the BEST covers which has ever graced any of its fourteen international editions...it's a prize. (oh, and you also get the Skype connection. 45 minutes, to talk about anything you choose...)
Goals
29% complete
 There will be a Living Literary writing guide book. It will consist of stuff you may have seen here before, as writing prompts, plus my own contribution on every prompt - but there will be new and not-before-seen ones included in there too. If I get to this level per month, all patrons will receive the ebook version of this book FREE - and a discount coupon for the paperback edition when it arrives.
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Hi, my name is Alma Alexander, and I am a writer.

My head is full of stories. They will out. They NEED out. But as many of you know the publishing world is in a process of flux - and people like me, people who write things that don't necessarily fall into neat marketing boxes, people who write lyrical and lush, people who take the time to create characters who walk off the page and into your memories or worlds whch linger in your dreams, those people have always had a hard time trying to find their niche, and never more so than now.

Mine are the words that need to go directly from me to you, my readers. So that's why I am here...

There are stories I want to share. You can be here to catch them.

For as little as the price of a cup of coffee a month, you can be a part of a creative world. And you are supporting someone who lives and breathes and dreams by the word. I promise you, I will not disappoint you.

A little about me - I've been a full time writer for more than 15 years, with more than a dozen novels to my credit - they include internationally published bestsellers like "The Secrets of Jin-shei" (out in 14 languages worldwide), "Embers of Heaven", the YA fantasy Worldweavers trilogy, Midnight at Spanish Gardens", the Were Chronicles (Random, Wolf and Shifter), the humorous SF novel "Abducticon", the newset lush historical "Empress, the (I suppose best described as) paranormal romance "Wings of Fire" .... and in thre somewhere I've edited two anthologies, "River" and "Children of a Different Sky".  I've been compared to Amy Tan, Gail Tsukiyama,, Octavia Butler, Haruki Murakami, JK Rowling, and others... and I've also been called entirely original, and my own thing. Back when I was beginning my writerly journey the literary legend Roger Zelazny read one of my stories and told me, "You have a voice all of your own. Nobody else will ever write this way."

I'll keep writing. You can help.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF A CURRENT PROJECT?

I am putting together a short story collection called "Untranslatable" - stories based on and inspired by words in various languages (ranging from Portuguese and Spanish to rare tongues like Inuit or that spoken in Tierra del Fuego) which mean things that it would require an entire descriptive paragraph of English to do justice to. Stories already in place range from older, already published tales to brand new and never before seen stories which have either not been published yet or have been written specially for this collection; I still have three story 'slots' to fill. Where do you come in? Become a patron at $5 or higher and you get to see the entire collection - here - before anyone else does. More than that, you help me fill those last three slots. Anyone pledging $10 or more gets a signed copy of the book when it comes out, free, with my thanks, and an option to purchase further copies at 50% off the list price. All patrons at $1.$2 or $5 levels don't get it free but they STILL have that 50% discount in place if they wish to purchase it. How about it? Want to help me put a unique collection together? 

BUT WAIT... THERE"S MORE...

I may be embarking on a whole new cycle of novels, historical fantasies based on medieval history of the Balkans - my own history, my own back yard, it was only a matter of time before I went there, after all, and trust me - the story reads like Game of Thrones sometimes. Currently playing with Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, medieval Serbia, Tamerlane and the Golden Horde... there is so much material here that I am still casting for a place to START. You want to help? For patrons $5 or higher, I will be providing insights... essays... research squibs... character outlines of the major players...possibly even glimpses of WIP as it begins to take shape. For patrons pleding $10 or more there will be special ofers on the eventual books, input on character development, possible (even if necessarily modified, given the name structure) Tuckerization  in the novels or the option to pick a character name if a direct Tuckerisation is not possible due to linguistic barriers. Want to watch me build a world, write (potentially several) stories  in this setting? Become a Patron!


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Rewards
Become A Patron
$1 or more per month
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Plus all previous rewards
cup of coffee
$2 or more per month
All who pledge $2 monthly will receive an ebook copy of one of my Triads, themed three-story collections on such topics as ghosts, romance, science fiction, fantasy... (you will get to choose which one you would like)
The Writing School
$4 or more per month
on offer - writing modules on worldbuilding, character creation, etc. Essays on writing, interactive assignments, even occasional group chats can be arranged... Also, when the Living Literary book becomes a Thing, you got a copy if you commit to this level for at least a year.)
Prefer a cappucino?
$5 or more per month
All who pledge $5 monthly will receive an ebook copy of one of the Triads (your choice) plus a copy of Weight of Worlds, which is a bigger collection of my stories
Coffee and a snack?
$8 or more per month
All who pledge $8 monthlywill receive an ebook copy of one of the Triads (your choice) plus an ebook copy of my popular Houses in Africa autobiography/memoir
A more substantial meal?
$12 or more per month
If you commit to this monthly amount for at least a year you'll receive a framed photograph from the photography show "Into the Light" (I'll be posting them on the Patreon page and you can choose your image there -images are public but the stories will be Patron only on site) - each image comes with its own story, and is unique - choices are first come first served, so please indicate three choices in order of preference when you make your pick just in case your first favorite has already been claimed
Would you like dessert with that?
$15 or more per month
All who pledge $15 monthly will get a signed copy of my novel "Midnight at Spanish Gardens". if you pick this reward, add $3 to your pledge and let me know that you've done that when you pledge, and give me a choice you want a character to tackle, I promise you a short story about YOUR character and YOUR choice. I may ask - if enough of these accrue - for permission to combine them into an anthology, eventually. But that's in the future...
Dining in a restaurant with actual tablecloths?
$40 or more per month
All who pledge $40 monthly will receive a signed copy of my novel "Embers of Heaven" in addition to a signed copy of "Midnight at Spanish Gardens" That's for the readers. If you are a writer, I will throw in(at this level) a critique of a short story or the first 50 pages of a novel.
For the writers...
$50 or more per month
Skype with me (45 minutes - once a month or perhaps once every couple of months?) and talk about anything you want - questions about worldbuilding? Characters? Plot? Dialogue? Writing at the level of language? Your choice - talk about life, the universe, and everything to do with your writing. 
Platinum package - limited availability
$180 or more per month
ONE TIME REWARD - all who pledge $180 will receive a now extremely rare collector's edition of a signed hardcover copy of "Secrets of Jin Shei". These are out of print, and you probably can't find one in mint condition out there any more, at least not easily. It's what I call my "blessed book", and this partciular edition has one of the BEST covers which has ever graced any of its fourteen international editions...it's a prize. (oh, and you also get the Skype connection. 45 minutes, to talk about anything you choose...)