About the Author: Alex is a YA fantasy author, a Tamora Pierce addict, a horse rider, and paramedic. The latter two tend to hand in hand a bit more often than one would like. Alex started writing at 2 am.
About The Cadet of Tildor: There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown’s inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.
We have an abbreviated Twitterview with Alex — get to know a little about The Cadet of Tildor and more:
Who will this book appeal to:
Tamora Pierce fans, underdog rooters, kick-ass heroine lovers
Favorite moment or character in your book:
Fav moment would be a spoiler, but fav character is Commander Korish Savoy
What’s your writing routine:
Go to starbucks (or panera bread) Get coffee. Write a while with goal to send chapter to Crit Partner
What’s your best piece of writing advice:
A good crit partner is gold. And “but it really did happen that way” counts for peanuts in fiction.
What’s been the most surprising part of the publishing journey:
How much the book changed between acquisition and publication
What did you do when you learned your book would be published:
Called one of my Crit Partners
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received:
It’s ok to write crap, you can edit it later
What are your top three favorite books:
Alanna, The Cain Mutiny, Three Musketeers
What’s next for you:
The Cadet of Tildor II.
You can find out more about Alex Lidell’s The Cadet of Tildor by checking it out on Goodreads.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot. She's the author of IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader and the forthcoming Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2017).