Alex White ’00 – Writer, Published Author What/where did you study after graduating from Randolph?
After graduating from Randolph, I studied Communications with a Broadcast Journalism emphasis at Mississippi State University. From there, I got into video production.What are some of your scholastic and/or career highlights?
I began working for various advertising agencies and video production houses in Houston. I’ve done shoots for everything from oil rigs on Modern Marvels to former President George H.W. Bush. After my son was born, I moved back to Huntsville to be closer to my family where I got into user experience, which combines graphic design and psychology to create pleasurable software experience.What awards/honors have you received?
My podcast, The Gearheart
, has been a Parsec Award finalist three times, and the podcast I cohost, Disasterpiece Theatre, has also been a Parsec Finalist. I then wrote two miniseries in the same universe before writing The Gearheart: Lion & Snake, which was intended for publication through a traditional house.What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I have a full-time day job. Writing doesn’t pay the bills, I’m afraid, even if you get a good sale. My day job takes a holistic approach to user experience, which means that I have to be able to create any supporting collateral for the software, from interface designs and wireframes to marketing materials. As such, I can write ad copy, take photos, video, animations, compose music, anything. Even though I do all of these things at work, I also do them as hobbies. Most importantly, I help take care of my son.Your dream was to sell a book, and you did it! Tell us a bit about that.
Because of the difficulties in my family life (my son is severely autistic and my wife has MS), I decided to write Every Mountain Made Low
:Featuring Pullman-esque world building and set in a future Alabama city known as ‘The Hole,’ Every Mountain Made Low tells the story of Loxley, a young autistic woman whose family have the ability to see the restless dead. But for Loxley, the spirits of the deceased can see her back; they’re drawn to her like a bright fire, and their lightest touch leaves her with painful wounds. She avoids them as best she can, but she can’t say no to the spectre of Nora, her only friend, who was alive just hours ago. Swearing to take blood for blood and find her friend’s killer, she finds herself drawn into a conspiracy that will see her hunted down by the brutal enforcer of the corporate interests who reign over the hellish city.
In May of 2014 after 8 years of trying to get an agent, this book landed me with Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.
In December, the book sold to Solaris Books. It’s due out November 2016.How has Randolph helped you shape who you are today?
I wrote my first feature-length screenplay in 1999, while serving as a Help Desk tech and student receptionist at Randolph. I used to cart around a 3.5” floppy to all of the computers and work on it whenever I had a spare minute. Randolph was a good environment for that, and the teachers were supportive; some of them, like Jennifer Rossuck, even read my work.What’s next for you professionally?
It has been a long journey to this point, and it’ll be a longer journey afterwards. I owe a lot to the connections I made during the unknown years. I can’t write as a day job yet, but that’s the end goal. I believe I’ll be at that point within the next decade.
I always want to sell more novels. My agent has two more of my books, and he’ll have a third before long. I’ll just keep writing and selling, hopefully!What excites you the most about attending your 15th class reunion during Alumni & Reunion Weekend on October 16 & 17?
I’ve got it on the calendar! I’ve not toured the new campus yet so I’m looking forward to doing that. Also, I’d be happy to talk to one of the high school English classes! (what an interesting idea – we’ll be in touch, Alex!)