About Allan Batchelder:
Allan is a professional actor of 35+ years' experience, a former stand up comic (9+ years), and a full-time teacher. Hell, we all gotta pay the man. Like most writers, he's been at it since he was a kid, somewhere back in the last millennium. But he put out his first novel, Steel, Blood & Fire, in 2013, after the death of his mother made him finally understand the shortness of time we all face.
What inspires you to write?
Probably it's the same impulse that drove/drives my acting career and made me do stand up: the need to tell a good story, which I suppose is a sort of exorcism on some level, but often only an affirmation that we're all human, and all we have is each other.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Stephen King, Tad Williams, Glen Cook, Dickens, Poe, Shakespeare, Michael Connelly.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a HUGE daydreamer, always constructing alternative realities and frequently even having audible dialogues with other parts of my personality.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
As I said above, this is a big part of my routine. And, in fact, I've been doing it since I was a little boy. There's this funny (or tragic) stigma about talking aloud to oneself, but I do it all the damned time, and I've yet to stick a meat fork into anyone.
What advice would you give other writers?
The field is too full of people willing to give advice. But I can tell you what works for me: write for yourself. At first, anyway. There's no guarantee anyone will like or even read your work, and it's impossible to catch the phantom of public approval if that's your goal as you begin the chase. Write to make yourself happy. Often, you'll find that makes others happy, too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I guess from my years as an actor and comedian, I was just used to sharing my work. There was never any question of not doing so. I started out on my own on Amazon and later was invited to sign with Crossroad Press.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the small and indie press authors will become more and more common and popular as time goes by. I just think it saves the reader money and costs the publishers less, too.
What genres do you write?: Grimdark (fantasy), Horror
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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