Fancy you stopped in

J Kahele

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing David Clive Price, author of Alphabet City.


Hi David please tell me a little about yourself

I’m crazy about other cultures and have spent a lot of time outside my home country of UK in Italy, New York, and especially Asia Pacific countries. I love travel and am passionate about getting beneath the surface of new places and people. I have been at various times a music historian, a wine and olive farmer, a speech writer for a famous multinational bank, and an expert on Asia culture and business.


 Name some of your favorite authors and why?

Patricia Highsmith for your mix of psychological suspense, great settings and high literary craft, I like Robert Harris for his combination of historical accuracy, thriller stories and high political drama in ancient times. I also like Jonathan Franzen for his rich portraits of contemporary American life and big themes.


 When did you decide to become an author?

At about the age of 25, when I first came to terms with my sexuality and found the liberation somehow led to creativity and a sense that I need not be bound by the demands of conventional society.


 Any hobbies?

Many – travel, languages, discovering new worlds and off the track places, watching rugby, listening to classical music and opera, visiting Buddhist temples.


What inspired you to become an author?

The thought that I could have a voice to express myself and the feelings of others and that I could develop that voice in a literary way and include my travels, my passions for certain subjects and for other cultures in my stories.


What inspired Alphabet City?

I lived in the area in the early 1980s and it taught me a lot about life and gave me the feeling of many possibilities from the sheer interaction of cultures and peoples and people living out their (sometimes whacky) dreams. And I fell in love and found my sexual identity in Avenues A to Z.


Do you have any advice for other inspiring authors?

Don’t listen to people that tell you you’re not going to do it, or that it will takes years and not give you any money, or that your early efforts require a lot of editing. It’s a passion first – especially the first novel that may well just tumble out – and then it’s an acquired skill with a lot of heartache and application and learning but also a lot of joy and satisfaction. There’s nothing like your finished book in our hand!




It was a pleasure interviewing you David, thank you so much!


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