His latest book isn’t a mystery but uses his experiences and knowledge of Vietnam to create, Dragon Lady, his first literary novel.
Gary stopped by to chat with us a bit about a writer’s life.
When did you decide or know you wanted to be an author, to get your works published?
I think it’d been in my subconscious since I was a kid. I was a voracious reader and really appreciated good writing. In my early 30s, I finished reading an anthology of published stories, very disappointed with most of them. I told my wife, Shari, that I could do better than this guano. She said, well, why you don’t try? Six or seven years later I sold a story to the late Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, $25 on publication.
I believe it was Ross Macdonald who said that nothing ever got written because the writer had time to write it.
Gary, thank you for taking time from your writing schedule to visit us today. What about you?
- As a reader or a writer, have YOU read a bestseller you wondered how in the world became published much less a bestseller?
- As a writer, how do you deal with your rejections?
Dragon Lady synopsisIn 1965 Saigon, Joe, a young draftee, becomes obsessed with a Vietnam girl named Mai, his own "Dragon Lady" from his beloved Terry and the Pirates cartoon strips that his mother still sends him. As he pursues a relationship with her, Saigon churns with intrigue and rumors--will the U.S. become more involved with the Vietnamese struggle? What's going on with a special unit that's bringing in all sorts of (for the time) high tech equipment? Will the U.S. make Vietnam the 51st state and bomb aggressors to oblivion?But for Joe, the big question is--does Mai love him or will she betray more than just his heart? ExcerptGary Alexander’s intelligent voice, filled with dry wit, and his own experiences give this story a sharp sense of truth, recounting the horror and absurdity of war. Reminiscent of books such as Catch-22, Dragon Lady serves up equal measures of outrageous humor and poignant remembrance. Gary Alexander was one of 17,000 US soldiers in Vietnam that spring. When he left in the fall, there were 75,000 troops in-country.
His website can be found here: http://garyralexander.com/
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