Alex Kava grew up in rural Nebraska, outside the small town of Silver Creek (population 500). As a child, Alex wrote short stories on the backs of old calendars and scrap paper, sharing them only with her younger brother and hiding them in a shoebox under her bed.
Alex earned an art scholarship to attend college. To pay living expenses, she worked in a nearby hospital’s central surgery department scrubbing equipment, utensils and basins from the morgue and surgery departments. She graduated magna cum laude from College of Saint Mary, in Omaha, Nebraska, with a BA in Art and English. She has advanced studies and certificates in advertising and marketing.
For the last 15 years, Alex has worked in graphic design, advertising, and public relations. She has designed food packages and logos for national corporations, written brochures and newsletters; created a line of greeting cards, and directed TV and radio commercials. During the summer of 1996, Alex left her full-time job as a director of public relations in order to dedicate more time to writing fiction and getting published. To pay the bills, she resurrected her home-based graphic design firm, Square One. She refinanced her home, maxed her credit cards, and even took on a newspaper delivery route.
Also in the summer of 1996, serial killer John Joubert was executed. Alex’s inspiration for A Perfect Evil was drawn from her experience while working at a small newspaper in the community where Joubert’s rampage had taken place in 1983. His execution reminded her of the terror and panic experienced, not only by that community, but by many parents across Nebraska.
A Perfect Evil is Alex’s first novel. She has just finished its sequel, Split Second, and has begun work on her third novel. Besides managing her clients’ projects at Square One, she also teaches part-time at an area college.
Alex lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her two dogs, Miss Molly and Scout.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
North of Hope by Jon Hassler
When I Fall In Love by Nat King Cole
Author Writing Tip:
If you truly want a career as a writer, treat it as such. Don`t wait to be inspired just write. Think of criticism as valuable feedback. Don`t take rejection personally. And remember that persistence is just as important as perfecting your craft.
Author Romantic Tip:
Did you know that this author, as a child, used the blank pages of an old Co-op Grain Company calendar to write her stories?