Tim F. Allen
- 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.
- 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.
- What is the name of your latest novel?
Prisoners of the Game
- 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.
- Who is your favorite character and why?
Mary Ann Brady. She’s a Mary Stu character that knows she’s a Mary Stu character.
- Who is your least favorite character and why?
Alice Mason. Mean, conniving, self-centered and totally loyal to her job.
- 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.
- 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.
- What books have influenced you the most?
Why? I read ancient history, I love mythology and the stories behind those stories.
- Who are a few of your favorite authors?
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- What author would you love to have a conversation with?
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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!