Updated: 13 July 2017
Alex J. Coyne is a freelance journalist, author and language practitioner.
His features, columns and other writings have appeared in international publications including The Penny Hoarder, Vrouekeur, People Magazine, Moneyweb, The Investor, Hoezit!, Great Bridge Links, Funds for Writers, The Dollar Stretcher, Re:Fiction and Yoga International, amongst others.
As an author of fiction, the short story “Boelie” appeared in NB Publishers’ Afrikaans-language horror anthology Skrik op die Lyf (p.193). See “Works” for an updated list.
As editor and language practitioner, he has worked for a range of corporate and private clients including E-Cigarette Direct, singer-songwriter Rea le Roux and others. He has also appeared on radio (Kaya FM, Radio Namakwaland) to discuss topics ranging from personal finance through to Braille.
He is also a qualified snake handler after having undertaken a course under Johan Marais, and had a brief stint as solo guitarist, playing at venues like Boston Rock Lounge and Crossroads before hanging up his guitar to write full time.
He draws inspiration from counterculture, music, Gonzo journalism and some things that go bump in the night.
Reviews and commentary
“Ek hou van die storie al is dit natuurlik nie die tipe wat soebat dat `n mens van hom moet hóú nie. Soos die hoofkarakter, is die storie hardegat en op die man af. Ek hou daarvan omdat dit doen presies wat dit wou. `n Ontstellende aand in `n jong mens se lewe word met geloofwaardigheid oorgedra; dit is oortuigend omdat genoeg details die omstandighede en situasie helder oproep sonder dat daar in agtergrondgebeure vasgeval word. Die geweld word nie verheerlik nie, maar in terme van so `n tema eerder onderspeel, wat dit meer effektief maak. Les bes sorg ironie vir `n onthoubare einde.”
François Bloemhof, author
On “Boelie”, Skrik op die lyf, Tafelberg, 2015
“Alex, thanks for your friendly, quick service, accurate translation and affordable rate. I will definitely make use of your services again.”
Annelize Jansen van Rensburg
“Thank you for the passionate and friendly service that we received from you. Kind regards, Rea.”
Rea le Roux
Singer, Songwriter and Performer