Alex Burcher is a health-care professional with a predilection for skiing, cycling, swimming, rock music (think the Black Crowes and the Duhks), red wine and Calvados, and trying to learn the saxophone and piano. Alex has written technical articles for professional journals but is now venturing into fiction.

Alex can knock out a generous ten-seafood paella in half an hour.

His deployment of anatomical knowledge in his writing has sometimes to be restrained. He loves words and believes that vocabulary should not be confined to the familiar, that nearly all are worth preserving and enjoying. Alex does not see why a book cannot be both exciting and well-written. Writers he admires include Phillip Roth, Robert Harris, Michael Chabon, Keith Roberts, Margaret Attwood, Harlan Ellison and many others too obscure to mention.

He is very agnostic. A favourite quatrain is:

And do you think that unto such as you,
a maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew,
God gave a secret and denied it me?
Well, well, what matters it? Believe that too.


As Ants to the Gods, the debut novel by Alex Burcher, will be published by Elsewhen Press in early 2020.


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