Author Interview – Tim Allen

Author Spotlight

Tim F. Allen

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It is my pleasure to welcome Mr. Tim F. Allen to the Desu Beast Blog. Mr. Allen is the author of several upcoming novels. His first release, Apocalypse Orphan is available now on Amazon.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

My family owns a small-town newspaper. I was required at a young age to contribute. In 7th grade, I started writing a monthly article called “The Science in your life”. So, I guess I was destined to become a writer.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I got in trouble at work. We had a fire that was really bad. We lost water pressure and had to back out. A new form had come out that took over our personal interview by the Arson Investigator. (I disagree with it still) so I wrote a kindergarten version. I was ordered to write something more, So I called it Faraday, the name of the street, and turned it in. It cost me a day’s pay, a day off and an insubordination letter in my file for it. You can read it on my website.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Prisoners of the Game

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

Video games are basically played by everyone. I decided to use the current fad and write a novel based on actual game play.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Mary Ann Brady. She’s a Mary Stu character that knows she’s a Mary Stu character.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Alice Mason. Mean, conniving, self-centered and totally loyal to her job.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Andre Kingston. He’s the first Video Soldier ever. He was kidnapped at a tender age and forced to play the games, now he’s America’s #1 soldier and everyone wants to be him. He does have his kryptonite, her names Victoria and she’s also a Video soldier from America’s greatest ally.

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Maybe, I think this is how wars will eventually be fought, in green rooms, waged on a holographic battlefield for real stakes.

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  1. What books have influenced you the most?

Why? I read ancient history, I love mythology and the stories behind those stories.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Edgar Rice Burroughs

  1. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

Edgar Rice Burroughs

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I have Apocalypse Orphan II coming out next year and a thriller called Tethered. Both should be out sometime next year.

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book? No. I just wrote what the voices told me. It’s not my story…it’s theirs.
  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

Just the opening poem:

Flip the switch and we’re there, Wind blowing through our hair,

Running, jumping, shooting, flying, All the time you’re never dying.

Killing, slaying, talking loud, What’s it matter? It’s in the Cloud.

But when you’re done you shut us down, Leaving us hurt or wandering around,

You never felt the pain we feel, A game to you, but to us, so real,

Have you ever thought to ask, What’s the meaning of our task?

It’s to die by your hand? Living life under your command?

But the Clouds been hacked, and we are free, We’re going to get you, so you better flee, The time is here, watch what you do, For we no longer play your tools!

Vengeance is here, so stop the clock, The lid is loose on Pandora’s Box!

Once it’s off, the lies will rise, And we will dry our weeping eyes,

Because we have learned from our tears, And what we know will drive your fears,

Our time is here so best beware, End the games or we’ll be there!

— an old comp-gen poem

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Write what the voices say. Get a good editor, and take criticism for what it’s worth… it’s mostly jealousy.

For more information about Tim Allen or his numerous projects, visit his WEBSITE or FACEBOOK PAGE.

Thank you for stopping by the Desu Beast Blog. I look forward to reading more of your novels. I am a huge fan of Apocalypse Orphan!

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Author: Aaron-Michael Hall

Aaron-Michael Hall is a native of southern Illinois. She was born and raised just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo. After moving about the country, she has returned to her roots and where this journey began. When she was younger, Aaron-Michael would get lost in the fantasy and sci-fi worlds created by Andre Norton, N.K. Jemisin, R.A. Salvatore, Octavia Butler, Ursula K Le Guin, and R. Scott Bakker. Being from a large family, Aaron-Michael would often steal away high in a tree or nearby wood seeking solitude. While enjoying the peace her natural surrounding provided, she created her own worlds and languages. For hours, she would be lost in the magnificence of her own imagination. Some characters and elements created then are used now in her current series. The Rise of Nazil is the first novel in the trilogy of the same name from this new author. It is an intelligent and intriguing read with a host of characters. Seed of Scorn (book 2) and Piercing the Darkness (book 3) complete The Rise of Nazil trilogy and are all available on Amazon. When asked why she wrote this series, Aaron-Michael simply said, “It needed to be written.” Blood of Oisin is the title of the first novel in The Shifter trilogy that releases February 2017. It is her hope that the readers enjoy the wonders of Faélondul even more than she enjoyed writing about them.

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