About Allan Walsh:
Allan Walsh is a writer and artist, born in sun-scorched Australia and raised in the grungy suburbs of West London. He is a keen martial arts fan, lover of fantasy, and a movie buff. Allan has been influenced by cult Asian film directors such as Jacki Chan and Stephen Chow, Spec Fiction novelists the like of Joe Abercrombie and graphic novelists such as Wendy and Richard Pini. Allan currently resides in Brisbane, where he enjoys creating new worlds through his writing.
What inspires you to write?
I love to create things. Whether it is a painting, a drawing, a book or something else, I get a great deal of personal satisfaction from completing something I've created myself. I also like a challenge and writing offers me that.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I began writing I was a pantser, but these days I like to outline first. I find it gives me a sense of direction while still offering the freedom to write without the restriction of intensive plotting.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I don't talk to my characters. I do think about how a conversation would go through their persona and how they would act/react in certain situations, but there is no talking to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep improving your craft through reading and writing. Network with other authors, there is a great writing community out there that is keen to help their fellow writers. And don't forget, it is your book, you make the final decisions on what works best for you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish from day 1. There is no argument for me. I have full control of the content, the cover, the blurb, the marketing, the formatting and everything else. I also get rewarded with higher royalties from my sales. And did I mention I like a challenge?
But self-publishing is not for everyone and I would advise a new author to research their options and decide what is best for them.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I'm no expert, but I believe self-publishing will continue to increase. Independent authors know they need a good quality product or they won't survive in the industry. Traditionally published authors are starting to realize they can earn more through publishing independently, they retain the rights to their work and they can call the shots on cover design, etc… and they already have a fan base waiting to read their next book. I also foresee that with so much anticipated automation in workplaces over the next 10 years, people will have more time and less disposable cash. I believe that books will gain in popularity when this comes about, especially e-books, as people seek cheaper sources of entertainment. That's my 2 cents worth.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy and Horror mainly with some cross over into sci-fi. But, anything Speculative Fiction works for me.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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