Meet Alex Lidell, author of The Cadet of TIldor

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Meet Alex Lidell!

Byrt: If one of the top Hollywood voice-over guys was narrating your book trailer (in a hammy Hollywood way), what would he say?

Alex: Hehe, nothing. I have a trailer for Cadet and it does not have voice over narration.

It was something we considered and went back and force on with Andy, the amazing editor who assembled the raw footage into the trailer. Ultimately we decided to let the scenes and written word speak for itself.

Byrt: So what’s the story behind your story?

Alex: The Cadet Of Tildor started with three things: 1) Korish Savoy, a character who is an evolution of a role playing game character I had come up with a while ago, 2) My love for YA Fantasy, especially in a school/military setting, as inspired by Tamora Pierce’s books like the Song of the Lioness, and 3) Having finished school and missing those 2 am “what if” conversation that happen in the dorm room. Combine ingredients. Mix well. EDIT.

Byrt: If you like ________, you’ll like my book

Alex: If you like Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, you’ll like my book

Byrt: The silliest/craziest author moment you’ve had so far?

Alex: After entering the Amazon’s Breakout Novel Award contest in 2010, I forgot that I used a pen name. When the semifinals round was announced, I didn’t see my name on the list and though for days that I had been cut – until a friend emailed me to congratulate. This is *really* ironic in retrospect as it was that contest that put Cadet on the map (it was one of three YA finalists that year under the title Service of the Crown) and led to me signing with my agent.

Cadet of TildorByrt: Book you own with the most tattered, scotch-taped cover, the most battered spine? (And why you love it)

Alex: Goodnight Moon. Kiddo tattered it.

Byrt: Book you’re reading right now?

Alex: Re-reading Honor Harrington books by David Weber.

Byrt: Biggest Fangirl/boy moment you’ve ever had?

Alex: Don’t think I’ve had one… Something to look forward to

Byrt: The TV show/movie you feel guiltiest admitting you love?

Alex: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yes. LOVE. Still.

Byrt: First song lyric that comes to mind right now. Go.

Alex: “Can you hear the people sing? / Singing the song of angry men / it is the music of the people / who will not be slaves again”

Byrt: What’s up next for you?

Alex: Working on a sequel to Cadet.

Thanks again to Alex for taking the time!

For more on Alex, check out her website here.

And you can read an excerpt of Cadet of Tildor here.