Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Guest Blogger: Interview with UK Author Shaun Allan

It is my pleasure today to introduce you to UK author Shaun Allan and his stories.  You never know who you're going to find on Twitter and the blogosphere and I was happy to connect with Shaun and learn about his creative writing.

Shaun is giving away a copy of his ebook, SIN, to one lucky poster today.  So don't be shy.  Join the conversation for a chance to win!

Here's a little bit of info about Shaun:

A writer of many prize winning short stories and poems, Shaun Allan has written for more years than he would perhaps care to remember. Having once run an online poetry and prose magazine, he has appeared on Sky television to debate, against a major literary agent, the pros and cons of internet publishing as opposed to the more traditional method. Many of his personal experiences and memories are woven into Sin’s point of view and sense of humour although he can’t, at this point, teleport.

Shaun lives with his one partner, two daughters, three cats and four fish!

Blurb for Sin:

Dead, dead, dead.  Say it enough times and it becomes just another word.


What would you do? Could you kill a killer? Does the death of one appease the deaths of a hundred? What about that hundred against a thousand?

What if you had no choice?

Meet Sin. No, not that sort of sin, but Sin, crazy as a loon (you ask Sister Moon), and proud of it. Sin locks himself away in an asylum and, every so often, gets violent. That’s only so they’ll give him those nice drugs, though.

The ones that help him forget.

It’s a pity they don’t work.

Sin, you see, has a serious problem. Well, it’s not so much his problem, as ours – yours, mine and everyone else’s. People die around Sin.  He doesn't like it and there's nothing he can do about it.  But someone else knows, and Sin has to stop them... and himself...

Flip and catch...

Interview with Shaun:

Lisa: If you weren't a writer, what would you do and why?

Shaun: Well, I would love to be a pilot. I love flying. Unfortunately, I’m not a full time writer, and I do have a ‘day job’ as senior inspection assistant for an oil refinery.

Lisa: What is a typical writing day like? How do you approach your writing?

Shaun: I don’t really have a typical writing day, to be honest. I work full time and have a busy family life, so writing is fitted in. Lunch times, evenings and so on. I’d love to be able to do more, but it’s just not possible. While on holiday in Egypt last year, I actually wrote 15,000 words for Sin. Chances like that don’t come buy too often!
Lisa: Do you develop your ideas for your stories fully before writing? Or do you let the story come to you as you write?

Shaun: Sometimes I think I should do, but I can’t. Each story writes itself, and I’m as surprised as I hope the reader hopefully is when something happens. Sometimes I just have a character name and don’t know where it will go. In the case of Sin’s blog entries, which are written from his point of view, in most cases all I have is the first sentence!
Lisa: What was it like to see your first book published?

Shaun: Amazing. Wonderful. Sin has taken 10 years to write, so it was fantastic to see it finally published. And when I received reviews saying it was ‘an incredible read’ and ‘a masterpiece’, I was overwhelmed!
Lisa: Do you have plans for more books? What are they?

Shaun: I have a sequel to Sin started already. I also have 40,000 words written on a children’s book. I’ve recently finished two short stories – one (where Rudolph saves Christmas) will be in a book soon along with some poems in the vein of my Zits’n’Bits collection. Sin, in fact, started as a short story! 
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Fantastic.  Thanks for sharing all of that with us today, Shaun!  I'll admit, I'm in vacation-envy.  Would love to go to Egypt.  Maybe one day! 

To check out Shaun's work, you can visit him at the following places:

 
UK Readers can get SIN at Amazon.co.uk at this link:
 
Or buy directly from the publisher at:

Twitter: @singularityspnt
Blog – diary of a madman: http://singularityspoint.blogspot.com

And you can buy his book, Sin, by clicking the link below.

7 comments:

Alison said...

Sin is an amazing book! Allan has his own style and way of telling the story. He can be creepy and funny and provocative all at once. Highly recommended!

Ey Wade said...

This is an awesome interview. I love the way it was setup. Felt as if I were in the middle of a casual conversation which made me want to read the book even more. I am really intrigued with the idea of Sin being fav or foe.
Thanks for sharing.

Connie J Jasperson said...

Shaun Allan is one of my favorite authors! His style and wit really make for an intriging, humorous and sometimes scary read!

pattysarro said...

What a great interview and amazing novel! Look forward to more from Shaun!!

Lisa Mondello said...

Thanks for stopping by! I was really excited about having Shaun on my blog and learning about his work. I can see I'm not alone!

Singularity said...
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Singularity said...

Thanks everyone for all your comments!

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