Interview with Allan McLeod

Published 2014-03-20.
What are you working on next?
I write a combination of social sciences and fiction works: my current projects are supernatural fiction projects; one is a sequel to Dracula and another a werewolf story set in London, England. I’m also making notes for my next social sciences piece a work on the sex industry; the working title is $ex: ‘Solidarity with Sl**pers’.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor. I liked the fact that not only was it exciting but it was set relatively close to where I live. Usually people who read find themselves reading books set in big cities where there is a lot of excitement, but Taylor managed to make an exciting story happen near the coast of the North Yorkshire Moors which I quite liked.

The Vampire of Highgate by Asa Bailey: I really like stories set in London, especially supernatural fiction because I find the representations of the city to give it a grand and cultured feeling, and I think this is especially true of Supernatural fiction with vampires. Although I think people tend to view English Folklore as something that is all about the English countryside (and in some ways it is) so many supernatural fiction stories have been set in the area that it is not only our capital but a centre of English Folklore; both because of the fiction set there and because of the ‘true’ paranormal stories from people who belive they have had some sort of encounter there which come from London. I think that the Vampire of Highgate really managed to use this literarily.

A touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris: I managed to read my way through this in a hotel room a while ago and really enjoyed it. I liked that the stories were long enough to get into but not full length novels. It’s something I could pick up and a story to read from when I had a spare few hours.

Sherlock Holmes & The Tangled Skein by David Stuart Davies: I really liked the idea of merging a vampire story with Sherlock Holmes because it’s such a personality clash, Holmes has such a logical mind that it’s just so hard for him to accept that anything supernatural could exist so putting him in a position where he has to makes for good reading.

Faerie Tales by Fiona Skye: I really like paranormal fiction where there are multiple mythical races involved, and Faerie tales manages to do that while being unique, I really like Riley’s character and the way she refers to the werejaguar she shape shifts into.
What do you read for pleasure?
Erotic and supernatural fiction: sometimes both at the same time. Vampire erotica sucks in a very good way ;-)
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is based on a police surgeon who gets called out to a body and then learns that the killer was a serial killer who never got caught last time he was active.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I go running a lot. When I do my imagination really goes everywhere: I listen to gothic and industrial music on my MP3 when I go so that kinda acts as mood music. But every telly programme I watched or story I’ve read gets mixed together or remade in my head and I find myself making up entirely new stories from it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I’m about to get a cup of coffee
What is your writing process?
I plan out what’s going to happen in each chapter with basic notes and then I start writing, some of it improvised and some of it planned.
Describe your desk
Laptop, coffee cup and clutter… And I wouldn’t have it any other way
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My mind is always in ‘go’ mode and writing gives me the opportunity to put it to work. The stories would exist anyway; all writing does is put them into words.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time with my friends socialising, I like to watch burlesque performances and I like the music at Goth clubs. Also anywhere with a pool table is a nice place to hang out.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Middlesbrough, England; and the answer to this question is a resounding yes. I write supernatural fiction and I live near a graveyard so whenever I read a cemetery scene in my mind instantly goes to the cemetery down the road. If I’m reading about a place I’m not familiar with I tend to put the characters and events into my local surroundings and more than once I’ve thought ‘that works’, so yes because a lot of my work will be set locally.
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Daniella Beckett & the Beast of Whitechapel
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With the murder of Mary Kelly the style of the murders in Whitechapel changed. Jack the Ripper’s surgical skill was replaced with ruthless abandon, & the careful, precise and deliberate methods used to carve the victims became vicious & frenzied. Aided by the mysterious Theodore after the murder of her fiancé, Daniella is forced to hunt the beast who killed him who she learns is terrorising London
The Curse of the Facebook Giraffe
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A Killer Returns
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,860. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Jacobs’s day took a sharp turn south when just before he was about to finish work a body turns up. Mere hours later he is horrified to find out that a murder case that was never solved has just come back to haunt him.