Hi! I’m Alec Quig. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, and live between New Orleans, Chicago, and Mexico City. This is where my writing lives.
Nowadays I’m most interested in ghostwriting, whether that be blog posts, newsletters, case studies, proposals, essays, long-form nonfiction, or full-length memoirs.
A survey of my past writing is below. If you’re interested in working together, call me at 504-434-2130 or email me at email@example.com.
Longform Arts Interviews:
I’m a lifelong interview junkie. I self-designed my one-of-a-kind undergrad major, Horizontal Integration in the Arts, largely around BOMB Magazine’s interdisciplinary arts interview model. After an internship there, I started doing interviews–Matt Siber, Damion Berger, and Will Steacy, and then beyond: Richard Sexton, Andrew Moore, and Ben Gest. All of these were compiled an ebook [PDF]. All of my writing today is still grounded in this style of deep, multi-session interviewing.
After graduating I ended up at the Chicago Tribune, working for their Redeye weekly. Again, I started out doing intern-y things, and quickly progressed do doing wacky “man on the street” interviews, much like Humans of New York. I also shot events, food, concerts, etc. It was great fun.
I moved to New Orleans, started grad school, and wrote an 120-page thesis on Brazilian music. I couldn’t stay away from street interviews. I did a brief stint at New Orleans’ monthly tabloid Where Y’at, and then another, during my grad school summer, for the Portland [Oregon] Mercury. You can see all 40+ of those interviews here.
I can interview anyone, anywhere. Including business people.
After grad school, I became a tour guide in New Orleans. It paid shockingly well, and I was very good at it. I drove around wealthy clients in a Cadillac Escalade talking ceaselessly about history and culture all day. I also gave historic walking tours by day and surprisingly heady ghost tours at night.
I have always been a storyteller, and I’ve always been great with people; telling stories professionally for five years threw kerosene on the fire. I ran into an old friend from grade school at the terminal at LaGuardia who put it best: “Seems like you’ve got stories falling out of your pockets.”
New Orleans is a deservedly famous place to live for its own sake. Like many there, I have a lot of wild stories. People constantly told me to write them down. When I finally did, and they spanned 80,000+ words. I’m deep in editing them into a proper memoir, and will be for some time, but you can get a taste of the first chapter here.
I love combining photography and literary storytelling–I took over half a million photographs of NOLA, and hundreds of thousands beyond.
Ghostwriting & Copywriting
In 2020, Covid blew tourism to smithereens. I spent much of the pandemic between Chicago and Mexico City learning coding and UX (from which I learned that I can write case studies until the cows come home) before falling helplessly back into writing.
Now I’m focused on B2B copywriting and all forms of ghostwriting, all very much grounded in interviews. I can magically turn an interview into something that reads like a book, and love diving into collaboratively editing long manuscripts–the longer the better. I love working in the intersection of business, memoir, and especially self-help, which I’ve studied extensively.
I’m presently ghostwriting a self-help title about midlife crises, a memoir for a triple-inductee to the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame, and a “psychoanalytic memoir” for a Paris-based American expat Lacanian psychotherapist. Contact me for samples.