Please welcome Aleksandr Voinov: author, editor, publisher… Aleks has a finger in every pie! Those of you who met Aleks last year will no doubt remember his sharp suits and big hugs. Here’s hoping for more of those this year!
I’m a German immigrant living near London and work in financial services as the much feared ignored comma police. About two years ago, I co-founded Riptide Publishing (www.riptidepublishing.com), which is now eating up all the time I don’t put into writing. I’m a multi-genre author inside m/m and gay fiction, jumping wildly from sci-fi to historicals and everything in between. I had my start in the genre with the free one-million word epic Special Forces, but I’d previously published five (less overt) homoerotic novels in Germany under the traditional print-only model. I’m a workaholic author/editor/writing coach, military and history geek.
2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!
I’ve recently discovered I really enjoy cooking and spending time in the garden. So I’m turning into my mother. (Which is preferable to turning into my father, but it did come as a bit of a shock.)
3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?
The variety. Under the old model (mainstream print), you were kind of encouraged to stay within one genre (I did horror, sci-fi and epic fantasy), but the thing is, I love writing historicals and sometimes contemporaries, and this genre allows me the freedom to explore LGBTQ characters in all kinds of settings with all kinds of issues. But the people come second—I’ve rarely met more awesome readers, colleagues and editors than in this space.
4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?
Meeting people and having interesting discussions both as a large group and in a more intimate setting (minds out of the gutter).
5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?
Make a couple new friends.