Felix Alexander is a Mexican-born, American-raised novelist, and poet of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. Acclaimed by readers for his poetic prose, his indie releases include: Dear Love: Diary of a Man’s Desire, a collection of love letters and poems; The Romantic: A Love Story; and most recently an epic historical fantasy Shadows of Time: The Amulet of Alamin along with a mystery-thriller The Secret of Heaven.Being third-generation military, after a grandfather and uncle who served in the Korean War and Vietnam War, respectively, Alexander is proud of his service in the U.S. Army, and grateful for his experience. After his honourable discharge from the U.S. Army, he embarked on the long and arduous journey of a writer. When not spending time with his children, a son and daughter, he journeys through the portals in his extensive, personal library.
- Describe your book, The Secret of Heaven, in a single sentence.
It is reflection of our understanding of the Abrahamic religions in order to find what the truth that ties them together and what sets them apart for the sake of truly achieving peace.
- The Secret of Heaven is a religious thriller. From where did your interest in mythology and religious texts arise?
My interest in mythology and the history of world religions stems from my childhood. I was roughly 10 years old when I asked a Catholic priest, “If God created everything, then who created God?” His reply, “God has always been.” did not satisfy my curiosity, and from that day forward I sought a better understanding of the existence of God.
- Who/what inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration for The Secret of Heaven came on May 6th, 2014. It was my daughter’s birthday and I had just dropped her off at her mother’s house because visitations always end when I return to work.
I was sitting at my desk when I came across an article about a 1,500 year-old Bible discovered in Turkey when government officials confiscated it from a Black Market smuggling ring. Given my interests in history and theology I immediately saw a story unfolding in my mind! It felt like the perfect opportunity to share with the world a little of what I knew and to venture into the mystery genre.
- You have written four books so far and have experimented with different genres. So what’s your next project?
Currently I’m writing an Erotic Romance to further expand my horizons as a writer, but I’m also writing the sequel to my historical fantasy, Shadows of Time. I’ve also written an Upper MG Fantasy, which I wrote for my children—with them as the main characters—to inspire in them a love of books!
Additionally, I have completed a Cozy Mystery with a strong romantic subplot and a return to my poetic prose, which was highly praised by readers of The Romantic: A Love Story. It’s titled: The Last Valentine, and is currently being considered by a literary agent!
- I’ve heard that you have a pretty extensive library. Which books in there have influenced your life the most?
Oh gosh, this is tough. I’d have to break it down to series… because Harry Potter (from book 1 – 7) is the perfect culmination, in my opinion of a story about friendships, legacy and taking control of your destiny.
A Song of Ice and Fire (more popularly known as Game of Thrones) because it possesses the rich depth inherent in mythopoeia akin to the legends of fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, H.P. Lovecraft and Lucas with the Star Wars series. This is something I strive to accomplish with my historical fantasy, Shadows of Time. For it is in these stories of legends and myth that we capture the true essence of the human imagination.
Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth- Beyond the ambitious nature of the project and Mr. Follett’s daring attempt to write in a genre divergent than what he was known for, and for reasons that include the richness of the story and the epic nature of the novel, it’s because he channelled his enthusiasm in cathedrals and coupled it with his passion for storytelling to write a beautiful novel that took me to another time. That novel inspired me to pursue the epic novel.
- If asked, how would your kids describe you?
Affectionate. I smother them with hugs and kisses, and I frequently tell them that I love them no matter what…even when they’re asleep!
Authoritative. They understand that I maintain boundaries for their own good and when it comes to education there are standards of expectation they must strive to achieve.
Devoted. Despite my hard work ethic, (they know I work long hours, both at my job and with my writing) when they’re over for visitation I devote my time to them. We go to museums, libraries, the park, fishing, the swimming pool, but we’ll also do things at home like play board games and the Wii U…and I’ve even taught them how to play Blackjack and Poker so they see how they’ll use math in the real world.
- Apart from reading and writing, what else do you usually do?
I truly do work a lot! Though when I have some downtime, I enjoy watching specific programs: Game of Thrones, DaVinci’s Demons, Black Sails, Gotham and documentaries about religion/mythology, history, wildlife, etc.
I’m also trying to teach myself how to play the guitar, but I’ve been known to paint, sketch, write poetry, sculpt and cook. I love food and I love cooking!
- Is there something about you that people will be very surprised to know?
Although I’m well-known for my ambitious nature and relentless tenacity about pursuing my dreams, I have this fear that I’ll never accomplish anything that my children will be proud of, or that I will leave this world without leaving my mark. Whereas my ambition was once geared toward immortality for the sake of always being remembered…perhaps the epitome of vanity, now my motivation is to not disappoint my children. Everything I do is for them.
- What’s the best advice you have ever received?
There are three bits of advice that I remember from my youth that remain the most insightful words I have ever heard. The first was from my godfather, “If you spend time with your children when they’re young they will want to spend their time with you when they’re older.
The second and third come from my dad, “When you become a father you will understand the love a parent has for his child,” and “When a woman truly loves you and wants to be with you, she will show you. It isn’t in what she says, because anyone can tell you anything. It’s in what she does.”
- Lastly, do you have any special message for your readers?
The key to sharing a heart worth loving is to share a love worth remembering.