Alex Nieora is a blogger and freelance writer, originally from Santa Clarita, California. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English.
While in her hometown of Santa Clarita, Alex Nieora happened to meet the production team of CSI when the show was filming there. This ignited a passion for crime and cop television dramas. She has been blogging about cop dramas ever since. In addition to CSI, she enjoys How to Get Away with Murder and The Mentalist, as well as English crime dramas like Morse, Lewis, Endeavor, Whitechapel, and Midsomer Murders.
Alex Nieora hopes to have her own award-winning crime drama someday. She is currently developing characters and writing scripts for episodes of her own show, which she is currently keeping under wraps.
As an extensive traveler, Alex Nieora has visited London, England, and Coimbra, Portugal. She particularly fell in love with the quaint English villages and towns and cities and their character and history. When her husband Peter’s job was relocated to the UK, it made sense to pack up the family and move there.
When she isn’t writing, visiting a set location, or watching the latest crime drama, Alex Nieora spends time with her husband and their two children, jogging, or working in her garden.
How did you get started in your industry?
A lot of people say that you cannot learn to be a writer; you either have the skill or you don’t. I agree with this to some extent. I have always had a skill and talent for writing, as well as a passion for it. Becoming a writer just made sense in my case. I had the skill and I was always passionate about writing.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on my own personal project, which is writing my own crime drama. The problems I come across have to do with plot developments and writing character dialogue. So, watching these shows inspires me and gives me some ideas. I can’t say too much about it all at this moment, but hopefully, it will be coming to a screen near you in the future!
What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the last few months?
I guess that making the decision to move as a family from the United States to England was a difficult decision. While it was ultimately the right decision to make, it was difficult to start a new life in a new country, away from everything you’ve ever known. However, it is an exciting and new experience. I love the culture in England.
What is your most satisfying moment? (in work or your personal life)
I would say meeting the production team of CSI was very exciting. It really changed the trajectory of my life and my interests. I was taking a break from writing shortly after having my first child and I didn’t know how to get started again. I was really struggling. When I met the team of CSI, it brought things back into focus for me.
What business books, articles, journals, people have inspired you?
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey was written in the late 1980s and the habits still prove true. I try and utilize them in my daily life. I was also always inspired by Agatha Christie growing up as a woman writer. Her work and success motivated me to pursue my own dreams of becoming a writer.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
I don’t believe in failure per se. Rather, I believe in mistakes that can turn into learning experiences. Out of school, I had a job interview for a position at a publisher. I considered the job to be out of my league and didn’t think I’d get it, despite my extensive preparation. As a result of my thinking, I didn’t go in with confidence. I wasn’t able to speak to my particular strengths very well and I felt defeated going in. This did not go unnoticed by the interviewer and it was a very embarrassing experience. I learned to have more confidence in myself from that time on.
What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life? (at work or personal time)
When it comes to your work, pay attention to how you feel at the end of the day. Do you feel relieved to be done work? Do you feel angry? Do you feel accomplished or fulfilled? If you have overly negative feelings by the end of your workday, you may not be in the right role or with the right company. In my mind, a job should never be just a paycheck. A job should leave you feeling fulfilled, inspired, and ultimately happy at the end of the day.
What advice can you share with others?
Be confident about your abilities. Take some time to write out what you believe your strengths are, personality-wise as well as professional. Everyone is good at something, whether it be organization, time-management, being outgoing, being constantly willing to learn, and more. You need to pinpoint your strengths and remind yourself of them daily. This practice will give you more self-confidence, which will in turn lead to a lot of success. If you show that you are confident in yourself and your own abilities, other people will be confident in you too.