By day he is the award winning writer of the Twisted Trails series. By night he is a humble Airport Shuttle Driver. Alex Hutchinson is a slacker of all trades. His convoluted life path has lead to a vast array of interests which are listed below with a compulsive degree of accuracy. He is married to an amazing woman and has three evil cats who protect him while he sleeps.
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Alex's Weird Adventures
Martial Arts - 12 years of study
* 2nd degree Black Belt in Wei Tai Jitsu
Boxing - 13 amateur fights
* Street Boxing Champion
Acting - 11 independent films
* Played 20 roles + Writing, directing and choreography
Wrestling - 36 backyard matches
* EBA Intercontinental Champion
Work History - 71 Jobs
* Including U.S. Army, Vidbell's Circus, Chadwicks of Boston, etc
Novelist - 9 Books
* Finalist 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards
Mountain Biking - 32 Races
* Overall Winner 2015 Sasquatch 15K MTB Race
BMX Racing - 74 Races
* 2011 SSA Florida State Champion in age group
Sports Writing - 700+ Articles
* Print stories in Dirt Rag Magazine & NEMBA Singletracks
Running - 17 Races
* Winner 2013 Zoomers Race Series in age group
Political Activist - 4 Campaigns
* Author of the political thriller Purple State
Reading - 1,279 Books
* Amazon Vine Voice with 200 Reviews
Cyclocross - 6 Races
* 2nd Place - Infinity Cross Singlespeed class
As a naturally shy person who had terrible experiences with the media, Alex no longer does interviews. However, he has spoken with hundreds of individuals about his writing. Listed below are a series of common questions and answers.
Q: When did you start writing?
A: I started writing short stories at 12 years old.
Q: Did you know at that young age that you wanted to be an author?
A: I never wanted to be an author. I thought being a writer was boring. I wanted to do something exciting like be a martial arts movie star, a soldier or a professional wrestler. Little did I realize that those dreams were driven by my over-active imagination.
Q: What changed your mind?
A: I was required to enter a poetry contest in middle school. The best poems were to be published in an anthology. I neglected to write anything until the teacher called upon me. I told her my poems were in my locker. In fact, I stood at my locker and wrote them off the top of my head. All three poems were published. That day I learned that I had a talent.
Q: Did you enjoy English class?
A: Nope, I had a lot of trouble paying attention in class. I was bored and my mind was always drifting off. Regardless, I always passed English because teachers would often grab the poems and short stories I was scribbling. They would grade them and give them back with grammatical corrections.
Q: Did you enjoy reading while growing up?
A: Not until I was a teenager. That's when I got into comic books. They were my gateway drug. I started with comics, then magazines but didn't really start reading books until I was about 20 years old. Once I finished that first book I couldn't get enough. I have since read over twelve hundred titles.
Q: Did you study English in college?
A: Yes and No. I got accepted to Fisher college and took English but I dropped out after one semester. I still had trouble paying attention. I didn't want to sit in a classroom. I wanted to get out and explore the world, to have adventures and turn them into fiction.
Q: What kind of adventures did you have that were later turned into fiction?
A: Working as a publicist for a heavyweight prizefighter inspired my first book Virgin Gloves. Taking part in a backyard wrestling show inspired my second book Backyard Empire. My crazy teenage years became the Hawks Foundation trilogy. Volunteering for political campaigns informed my novel Purple State. All of my mountain bike adventures became source material for the Twisted Trails Series.
Q: Do you ever have writer's block?
A: Never. There are times I wish my mind would shut off and let me rest. I understand that is why many artists in the past would drink or do drugs, to silence the noise.
Q: How did you manage to silence the noise?
A: Exercise. I started working out at thirteen and competed in several sports. I still had to deal with insomnia which made school and most jobs very difficult.
Q: When did you first feel comfortable calling yourself a writer?
A: After my fifth book was published. I had already done booksignings as well as interviews for television, radio and print before I accepted my identity as a writer. I think artists all have an unfounded fear of feeling like frauds but we keep working on our crafts and slowly the confidence builds. It's just a matter of not giving up.
Q: Almost all of your books are self-published. Is this by design?
A: Sort of. In the beginning I didn't feel like my writing was good enough for the big publishers. Over time my writing got better but I never put together the contacts needed to bridge that gap.
Q: What is the biggest lesson you have learned about writing?
A: Each individual is a combination of genetics, environment and personal challenges. Each one of us has a unique perspective on the world, a view that will never been seen the same way again. Once we are gone, that voice is lost forever. For an artist there is nothing more important than getting that expression out for the world to experience.
Q: What would you consider your greatest achievement?
A: My marriage. I was put on this earth to tell stories and inspire people but I'm not the best at either. Many artists have sacrificed more and achieved greater creations than I ever will. The thing I'm best at is being a good husband. Learning how to love is my greatest achievement.