About Carac Allison:
Carac started playing with PET and Tandy computers when he was a young teen. He learned to write on a Commodore 64 but he was never much of a programmer. It was the connections the computers made possible that interested him: the connections between people alone in the dark listening to the strange music of modems, the pirated games they shared and the bulletin boards they chatted on before the internet.
At York University Carac studied English Literature. He read modernist and contemporary novelists but his main interest was always the detective genre. He wrote about the works of Raymond Chandler, H.P. Lovecraft and William Gibson.
Carac’s role within Academia is focused on IT Security. As a member of Western’s Information Group on Security, the Risk Assessment team and an investigator in student hacking cases, he has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the digital frontier.
Carac now lives in London Canada with his wife Beth and their children.
What inspires you to write?
The urge to cast light on dark ideas.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process involves lots of preliminary notes, constantly revised outlines and many, many drafts.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. They tell me what they’re thinking and where they want to go.
What advice would you give other writers?
I really wouldn’t offer any advice. It’s taken me so long to figure out how to write a great novel that no sane writer would want to emulate me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My publisher closed their crime imprint right before they paid me my advance.
My agent helped me get the novel out faster and at a lower price for readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future is the dime store past. Readers want to buy more books and they want to carry their books around with them.
Reasonable prices and eReaders are what make this possible.
Traditional publishers need to get with the f***ing program. And established authors need to drop their prices.
Is it that simple? . . . Yeah I really think it is.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Thriller, crime, hardboiled, noir, pulp.
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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