Nom de plume: Alex St. Clair hails from the Lone Star State of Texas. In Elementary and Junior High Schools he discovered his deep writing skills, landing him in the Writer's Honor Society. Growing up as a targeted teen, he constantly dodged the local gangs called 'pachucos' and left the tough barrios of San Antonio after convincing his parents on a very tight budget to enroll him in a rowdy elitist and tequila-infused college prep school in Guadalajara, Mexico.
He constantly kept a personal journal and continued to hone his literary craft by detailing the turbulent world surrounding him. At the local market one day, he discovered the Huichole Indians of Nayarit and soon he and his bohemian class-mates joined the 'marakame' shamans in their annual pilgrimage to Real De Catorce for the scared peyote ritual. It was a Jack Kerouac moment to be free and on the road. It is at this nexus that he became enlightened to the spirit world....
In his twenties, he traveled throughout Mexico and Guatemala as a photo-journalist. He collected folk art for his curio shop Cuatro Caminos in Austin, Texas, voted the best Mexican Art Gallery by Texas Monthly Magazine. Throughout his life's journey, he came to understand these indigenous cultures and share the secrets of their longevity.
The mystical Zapotec Indian tribe of Oaxacan rug weavers introduced him to the healing and cleansing powers of mushrooms called 'La Familia' for its small bunches. In the mountains of Olinala, Guerrero, the Nahuatl Indian wodd carvers taught him the use of herbal teas as a natural poultice and pain-killer, praising it's therapeutic properties. Both tribal experiences resonate in his writings.
He later returned to study lingusitics at Cuahanahuac in Cuernavaca, Morelos, living with a Mexican family for one year to immerse himself in modern Mexico. This led to his fascination with Mayan culture; he travelled through the Mayan Highlands to Palenque and the rich exotic rainforest and lush jungles for several years. Later he fell passionately in love with the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan where Tulum, Coba, Uxmal and Chichen Itza lie. He studied marine life and learned to scuba dive while learning local customs amongst the Mayans.
The locals shared their custom of 'El Abuelo'(grandfather) or Ayahuasca', 'spirit vine' of the Peruvian Andes, a legal powerful medicine derived from an Amazonian tree bark and vine. Botanists say it is the 'Tree of Life' and the Incas referred to it as the infamous Spanish quest for the 'Fountain of Youth'. Ritualists claim it to release your inner body, soul and mind. He is currently researching the claims for a future book on psycho-tropics in the modern world of medicine.
His early literary and film influences include Charles Dickens, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Heinlein, Kahlil Gibran, Francis Ford Coppola, Lee Strasberg, Costa Gravas, Carlos Fuentes, Isabel Allende, Hunter S. Thompson and Carlos Castaneda. Philosophical influences include Mahatma Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and William Jefferson Clinton. Artistic influences include Pablo Picasso, Frieda Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Jackson Pollock, Rufino Tamayo, and Banksey to name a few.
He has bungee jumped, parasailed, co-piloted single and twin engine airplanes, climbed the Pyramids of Chichen-Itza, Uxmal, Xpuhil and Palenque, survived the Chichonal volcano explosion, hiked on Iztlaccihuatl y Popocatepetl volcanoes, canoed the Usumacinta river, been lost in the Lacandon rainforest for one day and has scuba dived 60 ft. in the Caribbean and deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean, all in his younger days.
Alex St. Clair is now semi-retired Ex-Pat, residing in Merida, Yucatan and Cancun, Q.R. When he's not writing, Alex can be found cooking Tex-Mex fusion foods and Mexican cuisine dishes, climbing more Mayan pyramids and swinging in a hammock with a tropical breeze to his back.
His two concurrent writing projects include the second installment to the House Of Cartels Trilogy, American Beauty Destroyed, and La Cocina De Mi Madre E-CookBook, a collection of his memoirs and famous family recipes. Both due out in January 2013.
The House Of Cartels Trilogy and La Cocina De Mi Madre are published via
Author's real name: Jimmy Allen Cubello
February 19th, 1952 - February 6th, 2013
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