Friday, February 10, 2012

Meetings with Remarkable Writers: Skye Alexander

The other day I got an email from my friend Skye Alexander who used to live here in Gloucester but has since moved to Kerrville, Texas. Last summer she told me she was writing a book about the myth and lore of mermaids and she asked if she could use a quote or two from my mermaid books. Naturally, being a writer, hence eager for publicity, I said “yes” and told her to take her pick. In her email Skye attached the image, it will be in her new book. I am so thrilled with how beautiful it is I am nearly speechless.

I've known Skye for close to 20 years. We met when I first moved to Gloucester and she and 2 other friends were discussing forming a small publishing company. At the time they were thinking about publishing erotica but the project didn't quite work out and Skye moved on. She then formed a partnership with writers Kate Flora and Susan Oleksiw to create Level Best Books, which publishes an annual anthology of crime fiction by New England writers. Over the years the editorial staff has changed but they are still going strong. To date I have had three stories published in their anthologies.

Skye, however, has published far beyond any one genre. I am continually stunned by her output and her versatility. She is best known for her metaphysical books particularly as an astrologer. Recently she has published a number of books on meditation, health, home improvement, clutter control (which I should commit to memory), and other contemporary issues. I recently bought her book Angels Among Us which includes some astonishing photography of angelic-appearing apparitions including one that I was a part of. What struck me as I read Skye's commentary in the beginning of the book was the depth of knowledge and scholarship that went in to the creation of it. This is not your light'n'fluffy angel book, this has depth and substance.

One of the joys of being a writer is having the opportunity to commune with other writers, to exchange ideas, and to share how we think. Whenever I have the opportunity to talk with Skye I'm continually amazed by her range on interests – from angels to erotica, from tarot cards to baseball. I've always believed that one of the best parts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to pursue the study of subjects you might be chagrined to study otherwise. After all, writers need to know about all kins of things in order to write.

After seeing Skye's beautiful angel book I am even more excited to see her mermaid books which is scheduled to be released this spring.

In addition to writing Skye also paints, you can see some of her work on her web site. She also makes a mean apple pie.

So, as always, I'm thrilled to be included in one of Skye's projects. She is one of the most fully creative people I know. I'll be sure to let you know when her mermaid book is released and, in the mean time, check out her other books. I'm lucky to have her as a friend and we are all lucky to have her as a writer.

Thanks for reading.  

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