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Alex Keller - Author

Alex Keller lives in North London. Haywired, a Steampunk fairytale, was his first novel released in 2010. The sequel Rewired, was released in 2011 and he is currently working on Justice - the second book in the Order of the Furnace series. In his spare time, he occasionally writes for various blog sites including the Solitary Bee and Geek Syndicate.

Q&A with Alex Keller

What inspired you to become an author? I’ve always wanted to be an author. For as long as I remember I’ve read at least a book a week and the idea of writing my own appealing to be a great deal.

Who influences your writing? I’m a huge fan of an author called Terry Pratchett. His books are very clever and very funny, and I would love to be able to write like him.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would you be? I would love to be a rock star (maybe that’s something for the future).

How do you write? I normally spend some time writing notes and making plans in notepads. Once I’m happy with at least a part of the story I start writing the first draft on a computer. Once the first draft is complete I rewrite the story until I am satisfied it works.

Where do your ideas come from? My ideas for the books come from all over the place. I studied Ancient History and Archaeology so some ideas come from there, but there’s no particular place I draw the ideas from. If something interests me or I like something then it’s likely to end up in a story; from musicians to places I’ve visited.

What made you write Order of the Furnace? I’ve been really interested in the Medieval period recently. I love the imagery of castles and knights and grand battles. However, I also like creating fantasy worlds so rather than try to set it in the real world I made a more fantastical one with weird machines in it as well.

Also, I wanted to play around with the idea of what a “boy” and what a “girl” was. In Order of the Furnace, boys and girls are not expected to act differently just because of their gender. It was a lot of fun thinking in that way.

What’s the next book you are writing? I’m doing a sequel to Order of the Furnace and then I’m not sure. I’ve been playing around with some ideas for a book aimed at grown-ups so I may do that.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Alex Keller

Reader ReviewedThe Order of the Furnace - Rebellion
Alex Keller
A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Sam Harper, aged 11 An exciting, rip-roaring, action packed book set in a time and place where fantastical machines exist alongside humans. The squires (made up of boys...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2015
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Rewired
Alex Keller
This is the thrilling sequel to the 'steampunk' fairytale Haywired. Once again the author has successfully touched the nerve cells of 11+ year olds by delivering a clever gothic horror adventure full of intrigue, suspense and plenty of humour thrown...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2011
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Haywired
Alex Keller
Fans of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engine sequence will love this debut novel, Haywired – a ‘steampunk fairytale' as described by the publisher. It's packed with murderous inventions, two desperate runaways and one mad dad. Published by a smallish publisher this...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2010
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