Our first guest is Allan Walsh, who is the author of the upcoming ‘Blood Rage’ which is very, very visceral (when you get to the sewer part… you can actually smell the sewerage, it’s that convincing).
Allan has a story in the 18 anthology, called Low Life. I can’t tell you much, but it starts with a man in a hellishly shitty apartment and goes from there.
Here are his ’20 questions’ answers for you.
- What books have influenced your life most? I would have to say the Harry Potter series had the biggest influence on my life. The phenomena about it was so big that I had to read it, and when I did it inspired me to write the novel I am currently working on. It was the catalyst that added a whole new level to my life. It got me writing, and when I had completed my first draft I sought out a writers group. I made new friends, learnt new skills, gained new ambitions and aspired to become a published author.
- What does your writing process look like? I have a couple of methods really. You’ll probably laugh when I tell you that I think of an exciting scene and then I write it. I think of another and write that one too, then I think of some more and continue the process. I take the scenes and think of a plot and then weave them all into the storyline. Then I write to fill in the gaps. Simple really! The process does change for short stories. I will basically look at a topic that interests me, do a bit of research and then write about the bits I find interesting.
- What book are you reading now? I am currently reading three books. He was a hero, he shouldn’t have died by Kenneth Mugi, The magician’s apprentice by Trudi Canavan and ‘The Immortal Darkness’ by Christopher Kneipp. The sad thing is that have very little time between my full time job, the day to day tasks of being a parent and my writing. To add to my dilemma, I drive to work, so I don’t have much reading time and I’m not getting through them very quickly at all.
- Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I have to say that there are a couple of budding writer’s in my writing group that I will be keeping my eye on. I really like their style of writing more-so than what they write about and there is a lot I can learn from them.
- What are your current projects? I’m working on my first novel ‘Blood Rage’. It’s the story of a loner and a thief who is double crossed and sets out for revenge, but he finds something far more valuable along the way. I wrote it some time ago and have been steadily editing and improving it. I hope to publish before the end of the year.
- Do you see writing as a career? Yes, and I hope to start my career in writing with the release of my debut novel later this year. If all goes well, you may see a few more books from me in the years to come.
- Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I always like English at school and was encouraged to write descriptively. Then life happened – work, family, etc.. and I didn’t write for a long, long time. That changed when J.K Rowling decided to write a children’s novel.
- Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? There are so many great authors out there, I couldn’t name just one. I do like David Eddings, Trudi Canavan and Helen Lowe to name a few. Generally I like authors more for the stories they write, the things they dream up and the worlds they create. I will tolerate a poorly written novel if the authors imagination captures me. But, when I find one that has a great writing style and a great imagination, it is gold!
- What was the hardest part of writing your book? I think there is a quote that says ’The hardest part of writing is rewriting!’ This rings true for me, it is always the editing I struggle with.
- Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learnt heaps from writing my book, aside from the research into things like how fast a horse travels, that a lot of deadly plants happen to have white flowers, etc… the two main things I learnt were a) I love to write and B) I hate to write.
- Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes, the best advice I can give is that if you do nothing else, you must at least read lots of books about how to write and then join a writer’s group.
- Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I’d like to say thank you. Thanks for reading my books, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them. Really I do, because I have put my heart and soul into each and every word.
- What book do you wish you had written? I’ve already written it, and I will write the next one I wish to write as soon as this one is published.
- Are you a plotter or a pantser? Panster for sure, but I always get to a point where I say, this is getting too hard…I need to plot some stuff!
- If you could cast your characters in the film, theatre or video game adaptation of your book, who would play your characters? I would have to cast Kate beckinsale, Milla Jovovic or Olivia Wild for the part of Erin and someone like Colin Farrell for the role of Conall.
- What is your least favourite part of the publishing / writing process? Again…that would be the editing!
- What literary character is most like you? There is no-one quite like me Dan…fortunately!
- What do you like drinking the most? Black coffee, Asahi beer or a nice dark rum.
- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way they sound, or the meaning? And do you have any name choosing resources you’d recommend? Names are important, I choose both for meaning and for the sound. If there was a name that meant exactly what I was looking for, but sounded crap, I wouldn’t use it. Google is the best resource I have found 😊
- Finally, what is something you want to accomplish before you die? Before I die, I’d like to create a story that captures the imagination of millions, and hopefully stimulate the creativity of young minds, inspiring them to become the authors of the future.
Thanks Dan, it’s been fun…
Thank you Allan.
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