Alexander Julian III clocked 20 years as a clinical psychologist and another 10 as an attorney and forensic expert before shifting his focus to the creative arts. He dabbled in various genres before finding his niche.
“I have always loved science fiction and ‘Twilight Zone’-like stories,” he said. “(I) tried my hand at these types of short stories years ago, but either never had the time or writer’s block prevented me from getting far. Somehow the dam broke for me in 2011 and I haven’t been able to stop writing since.”
Julian’s first feature-length screenplay, “Retrograde,” placed in the Scriptapalooza screenplay contest in 2011. After collaborating with artist Ken Conlow Jr. (aka Ken Bastard), he converted it to a graphic novel.
“Retrograde” (Feedback Press) is an eerie sci-fi opus about the relationship between man and his canine best friends. It is available locally at Ultimate Comics and Chapel Hill Comics.
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Julian, 67, has a second graphic novel, “Climbers,” in the works. He lives in Carrboro.
“My dream has been to expand to a wider market with my books and films,” he said.
“Like many of my colleagues here in North Carolina, I was heartbroken when we lost most of the film business when the legislature withdrew film incentives for companies. Now you pretty much have to make your mark locally and hope someone out there notices.”
Julian has written several screenplays, including teleplays and short films. His teleplay “The Cameraman” was shown at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. He will have several films showing at the FilmSPARK festival Sept. 17-20 in Raleigh. In November, Julian will have a booth at the N.C. Comicon Festival in Durham.
And just a note about that name. He is no relation to fashion designer Alexander Julian, who grew up in Chapel Hill, though they have met.
“A friend of his saw a poem I published through Duke locally and thought he had written it,” Julian says. “He was surprised to find someone with almost the same name in Chapel Hill so he looked me up when he was down here visiting from Connecticut.”
The names aren’t the only thing similar. They are the same age, born within a month of each other.
Raleigh’s Vince Guaglione returned to writing after the death of his fiancee. “The Narratives: Anthology” (CreateSpace) is a collection of introspective essays Guaglione wrote in an effort to better understand himself, his life and his relationship with the world around him.
“Contract Management and Administration for Contract and Project Management Professionals” (CreateSpace) by Joseph J. Corey Jr. is intended to be a practical reference book for professionals. In addition to his “Ten Stages of the Contracting Process,” Corey also provides examples of good and not-so-good contracting decisions. Corey lives in Fuquay-Varina.
Author Margaret Maron discusses her novel, “Designated Daughters” (Grand Central Publishing) on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 5 p.m. Thursday. Maron, who lives near Raleigh, recently released “Long Upon the Land” (Grand Central Publishing), the 20th installment in the popular Deborah Knott mystery series.