Author Q&A – Alex Wheatle

Author Q&A – Alex Wheatle

When did you first know you were a writer?

I guess I first wanted to be a writer when I was 7,8.9 years of age when I wanted to write my own comic strips.  I was inspired by the Beano, Whizzer & Chips and Shoot magazine.


What inspired you to write Liccle Bit and what is your favourite part of the book?

I have facilitated many workshops in Young Adult Detention centres and sometimes listened to stories from the inmates on how they got to be there.  Hiding weapons for older gang members was an issue so I had that as a theme for the narrative.  My favourite part of the novel is every time Liccle Bit, Jonah & McKay get together and have a witty banter.  That was fun to write.


Share an interesting experience you’ve had with one of your readers.

A fan of one of my earlier books who is now an actress (Brixton Rock & East of Acre Lane) is now helping me establish a start-up TV production company.


How would you describe your writing style in three words?

My writing style is efficient, concise and dramatic.


What is the best advice you’ve received?

The best advice I have ever received is to develop your own style and not try and imitate any other writer out there.


What are you reading? 

I’ve just read the excellent Pieces of Silva by the brilliant Patrice Lawrence.


What are you working on now?

I’m working on another historical Caribbean adventure to be revealed at a later date.


A very special thank you to Alex Wheatle. Liccle Bit is on our Book Club list.

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