Interview with Allen J. Gerzoff

What motivated you to become an indie author?
This probably should be an answer of many parts, but getting to the point, it seemed like the logical thing to do. From all I’ve heard and read about publishing these days, many of the standard paths can get very expensive before there is any possibility of earning anything for my hard work, with still no guarantee of success. Success is the biggest thing I strive for. It’s what we all strive for, but I also understand we can’t all win. If I do ultimately fail with my books, I may as well do it as cheaply as I can.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to get my work out into the public arena. Whether I beat the odds or fail is, of course, up to me. I’ve not heard anything good about the standard print publishing route lately. I’ve tried to catch the interest of several literary agents and publishers in the past, with absolutely zero effect. I’m not that fond of constantly spinning my wheels.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don’t know that I have all that many fans as yet, but I am working hard to build a fan base. I truly welcome the ones I do have and hope they see me for the work I’ve done to bring them a high level of enjoyment they can appreciate. I’ve not seen any movies lately and the few television programs I still bother to watch are about as deep and meaningful as dirty rain falling on flat pavement, in other words, no depth and very little substance. I want to give my fans something better.
What are you working on next?
I have a few projects lined up. The Richard Remington/Historelic series will be ongoing for some time. I have three out now and a fourth in the works. I also have a western partially completed and another sci fi novel about time travel with a radically different twist. I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Who are your favorite authors?
Of our modern authors, Lee Child runs high. I know he is a mystery/thriller writer, not sci fi. Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein come to mind. Beyond these it is difficult to pick favorites. There are so many really good ones. There is one thing I will add, I do enjoy a good mystery. I wish fervently the mystery writers among us will stop with the serial killer crap. There must be something else to write about, somewhere, somehow.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes it’s just the adventure of seeing if I can get both feet on the floor and headed toward the bathroom.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I probably read about as much as I write. I do enjoy chatting with friends and relatives on Facebook. I’ve had an ongoing love affair with photography. I hardly ever watch TV anymore. It seems like such a pointless waste of time these days. The available stream of inane drivel seems endless.
Why did you pick science fiction and the subject of time travel in particular to write about?
It is true that sci fi is less popular than other genres, but I decided early on to write what I want to write. If I must write about subjects or genres that don’t appeal to me, I might just as well go flip burgers at some fast food grease pit. The possibility of time travel has always held a fascination for me.
Do you think time travel will ever be possible?
There are always skeptics around, too many in fact. Think of all the things in our lives that were unheard of or thought impossible just a few short years ago. As I see it, nothing is impossible. It is true, there is still a huge list of things we humans haven’t figured out or invented or discovered, but we’ll get there. All we need is time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It has been the learning of a whole new trade. I’ve been writing for years, but it has all been technical in nature, dry beyond arid, just the facts Ma’am. It’s been a lot of fun turning around to an entirely new genre. I’m still learning and may very well be for the rest of my life.
Published 2013-11-28.
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Books by This Author

The Crossing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,510. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
This book is a collection of several short stories. They range in scope from funny to dreamscape, from introspection to anger. In The Crossing, the lovable nitwit manages to stay alive despite her best efforts. A young man finally defends himself after years of pain from the school bad boy in The Bully. The Other Side will tug at your heart strings. These stories are about life and our times.
The Law
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,930. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The old man just wanted a little snack. The store on the corner carried his favorite ice cream. But for the cotton field and the three young men therein, the short trip would have been just a repeat of his many similar previous strolls in the evening dusk. The young men with the less than honorable intentions didn’t know about The Law. The old man knew ignoring it would have dire consequences.
An Evening Out
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,850. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
It’s odd the times the most innocent of activities can go so badly. Such was the case for the man and his wife. They just wanted an evening out, to enjoy a small private celebration and each other’s company. What could possibly go wrong? Add a few wanted criminals and the elements of misfortune will quickly stack up to a disastrous result. Burgers would have been cheaper and safer!
The Bully
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Back before the days when Richard Remington became a world-class time traveling historian, he was a teenager in high school. As such he was subject to the same problems and situations any youngster is apt to find himself in. Jake Tabor was his nemeses. Jake Tabor was also the school bully who had no qualms about making Richard’s life miserable whenever possible. But all things have limits.
The Seed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,810. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
For seeds to germinate and grow, they must fall on fertile ground. An old man planted a seed one day. Although it was quite accidental, there were, none the less, unplanned consequences. It was never intended the way it happened. The old man perished for that seed, for the idea he planted. The seed sprouted and grew and matured and an evil empire fell, as all evil empires eventually must.
Trick or Treat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Things were tough for single mom Ellie and her young son Billy, but she had to let him have a little fun. Ellie had never thought there was any possibility of miracles, but she knew she needed one. She was too close to the end of her rope when she chanced upon a miracle at that typical house on that typical street with its magic door. It became the Halloween evening to remember, for a lifetime.
Dick and Jane
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Dick had a little problem. Jane, his wife of many years, was obviously insane. After the years of severe mental and physical abuse, he realized they both needed help. Despite all he had put up with, he knew he still loved her. However, like anything else, love has limits. She’d gone away for awhile, but now she was back . . . with a vengeance. Does Dick not have the right to live in peace?
Richard's War
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,080. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Richard Remington can’t seem to stay out of trouble. A few unfortunate events have landed him in a World War II POW camp. The camp commander thinks he is a spy. Spies get hung. Richard is high on his list. Even time traveling historians can have bad days. If an invitation to his own hanging isn’t enough, his timing equipment is either lost or destroyed. Will he survive? Only time will tell.
Remington's Freehold
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,190. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Richard Remington had a problem. Someone ambushed and almost killed him in Tombstone, in the year 1881. He had been in the process of recording the famous shootout at the OK Corral. The adventuresome time traveler of the 21st century could not let it lie. His would-be assassin had to be found and made to pay. His only goal in life was to live in peace. But other conditions continued to rise.
Historelic - The First Journal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,220. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Richard Remington is seeing a ghost in his home. It reveals itself, but turns out to be a time traveler from the 48th century with a warning of danger and an invitation to take a life altering trip to the far future of human society, beyond war and pestilence and into the next ice age. In our future, he learns of advanced technologies and our need to survive by living deep below Earth's surface.