Allen D. Allen is the author of God Behind the Movie Screen, an eBook published in August 2014. He is a retired scientist with an extensive body of published articles in the peer-reviewed physics and medical journals. Allen’s science training came from the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles. He has also worked as a film composer and has won several music awards. To learn more, go to GodBehindTheMovieScreen.com
What inspires you to write?
For papers in the medical journals, it’s usually a random encounter with a problem or case. For science papers, especially physics, it’s usually an epiphany I get while thinking about something or during a discussion with colleagues. For popular works it’s usually a nagging muse combined with personal or current events.
Tell us about your writing process.
It depends on what I’m writing and why. Sometimes I have an outline in my head but it may be sketchy and evolve as I write. On balance, I’d say I’m more of a seat‐of‐the‐pants kind of guy. This excludes papers in the peer‐review journals that have a standard outline: introduction, methods, results, conclusions.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose a hybrid method available from the Hillcrest Media Group. Financially, it’s self‐publishing. I didn’t want to spend months looking for a traditional publisher because I think God Behind the Movie Screen is timely (see what inspired me to write it, below). But operational, it gave me what I’ve grown to depend upon from a traditional publisher: content editor, copy editor, graphic designer, a sales force that at least takes and fulfills orders, etc.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think the Internet has hurt it as much as newspapers and magazines. Not yet, anyway. To the contrary, I think electronic books probably make reading more accessible to the younger generation. Also, eBooks provide an outlet for authors who want to write more than a 5,000 article but less than a paperback book.
What genres do you write?
Non-fiction, Religion, Science
What formats are your books in?