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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Author Interview – Alex A. Akira


How did you come up with the title? Well, I wanted more action in this book than its predecessor and The Italian Job is one of my favorite movies.

I generally give my stories a working title in the midst of writing them, with the intent to “really name it” after I complete it. It’s an artist habit of mine, we don’t name the artwork until after the piece is done, which is why you get a lot of “Untitled” works in the art world. Anyway, I knew I wanted an Italian male in the story so “The Italian Connection” became its working title… Afterwards I got very busy preparing for its release, so the name struck.

Can you tell us about your main character? Ah, Philippe Michael Ponty the angst-ridden lead of this story is actually a supporting character from Dragon & Crow, my previous novel. Readers pretty much demanded to know his story and so I decided to write a short story about him. The story kind of took off and turned into a two Volume novel.

How did you develop your plot and characters? The plot of Volume One, the love story, came from simply imaging what happens when you fall in love but are rejected. Well, for me you keep busy and bury yourself in work. If it’s still too painful, you get out of town or move away and isolate to a degree.

Tommy and Julian, the other leads in Volume One, were developed because I wanted to add an alternative rock edge to the story. For some reason Tommy immediately appeared in my head as a young Denis Leary “aka Tommy Gavin” of the television series Rescue Me. I tried to shake him, but I couldn’t, so went with it.

Julian, the Italian lead? Well, I wanted someone really special and manly for Philip, someone who had struggles of his own, but who was seriously mature and of course smoking hot and extremely passionate. I chanced upon a photo of the very British David Gandy and I couldn’t shake it… he became Julian, lol.

Who designed the cover? I do my own covers, mainly because I couldn’t afford Pl Nunn or Anne Cain and I wanted something in-between a manga illustration and a photograph.

Who is your publisher? Triple A Press.

What was the hardest part about writing this book? Actually this book was much easier to write than my previous efforts, because I had lived with Philippe for a longer time and knew him very well.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? Get an editor, everyone who writes to publish needs an editor.

How do you promote this book? Well, so far, in the usual manner, Tweeting and FB and social networking. I try to be a little different in that I generally add pictures of the characters and images from the books that I doodle. Yes, promotion, especially self-promotion is not my strong suit, but I’m learning.

Will you write others in this same genre? Yes, I like the MM Romance genre.

I hope to have a anthology of short stories that answer a few questions about supporting characters from the completed Dojo Boy books.

Than a final 2 Volume installment of the Dojo Boys series, which will be a more active, action-adventure/romance featuring adrenaline junkies and additional information about the espionage organization known as The Tanaka Dance Company, Michael Black and Kiyoshi Kimura.

I also have a college student/drug dealer/Russian mobster series in the works


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Genre – M/M Romance

Rating – R

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