Alexei Maxim Russell's debut novel, "Trueman Bradley - Aspie Detective." was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2011. It was translated into German in 2013 and published in Germany by Von Loeper Literaturverlag.
Alexei was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He spent his early years living on a farm in Libau, Manitoba, with his four siblings. In adolescence, he moved to the suburbs of Winnipeg and began his love of literature by reading voraciously. He credits his love of learning and creative pursuits to his family and his uncle Orest, particularly, who was a scholar and artist, unrecognized in his lifetime.
He lists his favorite authors as Anton Chekhov, Rod Serling, Tolkien and Isaac Asimov. He prefers to write crime, speculative and young adult fiction. He describes his style of writing as "ridiculously protagonist based". As Alexei puts it, "the character takes over, at some point, and I find myself dictating what I see, rather than writing it. Protagonists do come to life, in this way, for some authors. It may sound metaphysical to some, but this is what makes beleivable, living characters."
Alexei is a self-described "unrepentant japanophile" and loves Kurosawa films, Anime and traditional samurai philosophies. In 2013, Alexei compiled a guidebook, "Instruction Manual for the 21st Century Samurai" which outline his personal belief systems--based on traditional samurai philosophers ranging in source from Miyamoto Musashi to the founder of Zen Buddhism, Dogen.
Alexei comes from a family of writers, academics and artists. His maternal grandfather, Mikhail Pohorecky, founded the still-in-print Ukrainian Canadian Newspaper "New Pathway" in 1930 and served as its main editor and contributor. His uncle Zenon Pohorecky, was a respected Archeologist and visual artist whose early work influenced the style of friend and neighbour, William Kurelek. His mother, Irene Savela Pohorecka, is a noted painter and visual artist, based in Manitoba.
Alexei studied English Literature at the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the Writer's Union of Canada, CANSCAIP and the Crime Writers of Canada. He currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his partner Arnika Nora Lucka.