This is what happens when the podcast host becomes a podcast guest. ;-)
Today I'm delighted to share an interview from Alan Petersen's Meet the Thriller Author podcast. The subject of the interview is me! Your host, Alexandra Amor, becomes the guest for this week.
Alan and I talk about my cozy mystery novels set in frontier British Columbia. And we also touch on my children's novels, as well as the first book I wrote a memoir about 10 years I spent in a meditation cult in Vancouver in the 1990s.
This interview was originally posted on Alan Petersen's podcast, Meet the Thriller author. Many thanks to Alan for letting me share it here as well.
You can find out more about today's guest, Alexandra Amor, and all her books on her website AlexandraAmor.com. You can also find her on Twitter @artconnectsus.
Links and resources mentioned in this episode
Click on any of the book covers to go to Alexandra's books
More about the meditation cult Alexandra was involved in for 10 years in the 1900s
The Vernon, BC Museum and Archives where Alexandra does some of her research for the Town Called Horse mystery series
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Transcription of Interview with Alexandra Amor
Alan: Hi everybody. This is Alan with Meet the Thriller Author, and for this episode I'm interviewing Alexandra Amor, and I have her on Skype. How are you doing Alexandra?
Alexandra: Very well, thanks, Alan. How are you?
Alan: I am doing good. Kind of the shoe on the other foot now, because you interviewed me a couple of weeks ago for your podcast.
Alexandra: That's right, yes, exactly. So we've switched roles today.
Alan: Switched roles. Yes, yes. We're funky like that.
Alan: Could you tell the listeners a little bit about yourself, please.
Alexandra: Certainly, yeah.
I'm an independently published author, and my first book was actually way out of the thriller and mystery genre. It was a memoir about 10 years I spent in a cult in the 1990s. And right now, I'm working on a mystery series.
It's a historical mystery series, set in British Columbia, in 1890, and it centers around a small town called Horse, a fictional town, I should say. And the protagonist is a young woman, a schoolteacher named Julia Thom who has landed in that little town and runs into all kinds of mysteries that she needs to solve.
Alan: Oh, it sounds fascinating. I was very interested in the historical aspect of your mysteries. Could you tell us a little bit about that?
Is there a lot of history then that you have to do research for, or, how does that work out with the history component?
Alexandra: Yeah, the history component certainly does add a layer of complexity, compared to writing in the present day. And I specifically wanted to set it right at the end of the 19th century, like that.
I wanted to set it after the railroad had connected Canada from end-to-end, which happened in 1885, but before cars and telephones. So that's why I chose 1890.
And yeah, and I've done research. There's a museum and archives in a small town there in the Central Okanogan, which is the area that book is set in. The real town is called Vernon, and so I've spent time at the museum and archives there, learning about what it was like. They have newspapers going back right to the late 1880s, might even be the mid 1880s. And it's fascinating, really, to learn about how people lived and it makes me reflect on how easy our lives are right now and how really challenging everything was, basically for the entire history of humanity until like the last 60 or 70 years.
Alan: And then, I was also thinking of the challenges of writing something set in in the 19th century.