Interview with G. Allen Clark

What do you read for pleasure?
I'm currently reading "Origins" by Dan Brown. As an author, I read, not so much for the story as I do for the structure of a good story. Of course Dan Brown is a master at structure. As I wrote my first three books as a series - started by a poem I wrote 20 years earlier about a hitchhiker, I started reading Lee Child's, "Reacher" series based on a suggestion from a friend. I like Child's obvious anger with government and rules. While my character "Vince Roberts" is a law abiding hitchhiker in a day and age where hitchhiking is almost illegal, "Reacher" is the rebellious mover and shaker my character could be and is when pushed.
I also read scientific research articles. For example, I'm fascinated by nanotechnology for medical treatment seeing both the positive as well as the future negatives of this technology
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Nook. I bought mine and one for my daughter who is also a writer and avid reader. I can use it at night to help me sleep without disturbing the wife's sleep.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still experimenting. I don't know the answer to this yet. I'm looking to Smashwords for advice.
Describe your desk
A cluttered mess. I am a visual person. If it's in front of me, I get it done. In a desk drawer or file, and it's out of mind and forgotten. Therefore, if you want to anger me, organize my desk. Then run. I'm screwed up and pissed off for a month afterwards.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a mixed race neighborhood of Michigan's auto industry. My childhood friends were Jews, Black, Italians, Pollacks, and Swedes. As kids we never knew the difference and never asked. We didn't need to, our dads were the real Archy Bunkers of our generation and they told us.
All my friends were treated as they treated me. We fought, we cussed each other out, we played ball together, we won, we lost and we all bled the same color blood. We also learned about life and all without the aid of some psychologist. All of us were probably ADD, ADHD, or some other combination of letters, we didn't know it. Had we known, we wouldn't have cared. As a result however, I developed a wide variety of interest and understandings which broadened my education immensely.
When did you first start writing?
1968 sitting about a WWII Submarine that was resurrected and stationed down in Key West, sent there to protect the U.S. against the very real threat of a Cuban invasion. I started a journal and have wrote ever since. It just took me a many years and many journals, to publish anything. When I got my first computer in 1988, that was when I started my real writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Clark is a Irish/Scottish derivative of Cleric. We have been writers throughout our family history. I had things to teach people and stories that were running around in my head. Getting them out on paper was a natural thing for me to do. As for the indie part, it turns out that it suits my style as I have always been independent.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation process in my non-fiction titles and finding the right historical facts to build my fiction titles from
What are you working on next?
Promotion of my newest non fiction book "2nd Hand Flip." There will be another book in line with this one, and then by the time I ma done with that one, it will be time to update "2nd Hand Flip" with new information I find this year.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The new chapter that has been running through my head the night before and that I jotted down in my notepad. I grab the pad, a cup of coffee, my slippers and my pants and head to my office ready to write. Once I have it out of my head and in rough draft and saved, then I am happy I got up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my wife on the weekends, searching for, buying and selling antiques or linens for our "Mom & Me, Vintage Linens, Lace and Antique" store in Colorado Springs. We either love the hunt for just that right unique piece or we love spending time together. Either way, we don't question it, we just do.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From recommendation from select friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a story poem of a hitchhiker, based on a interview I did with a hitchhiker who came out of Alaska and ended up on a beach in Naples, Florida, where I was a cop. I wrote the poem and it later formed the basis for my character and story outline of my novel, "Show Low"
Published 2018-01-05.
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Books by This Author

2nd Hand Flip
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 22,970. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Antiques & Collectibles » General, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Home-based businesses
From Close out Sales at Retail Stores to Flea Markets, Rich, Poor, Middle class, the art of the deal is inherent in all of us. We built the American Dream on the adage, Buy Low and Flip It. FACT: 15 % of Americans shop at resale stores in a any given year. FACT: Resell Shops have experienced an average growth of 7% a year for the past two years, FACT: Reselling Shopping is increasing
Winds of Change
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,180. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Late 1860’s. Clouds were rolling in across the Territories of the western landscape. These were the dark clouds of a turbulent change that was brewing. In Colorado, Golden and Denver were competing for title of the State Capital. The largest impediment however, stopped the project dead in its tracks. The orders went out. Remove the blockage by any means necessary.
Time For a Change
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
An escapee sets out to avenge the time he spent in prison, by killing the man who put him there. Bounty Hunter Clint Boyd is that man. Severely wounded, Clint is taken by his longtime friend and fellow bounty hunter – Grizzly, to the local doctor and veterinarian who does his best to fix him up.
Death in South Park
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,200. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Death in South Park. A Clint Boyd Novelette On the hunt for the blood thirsty killer called The Teacher, Clint Boyd, bounty hunter and loner, finds more then he's looking for, in the form of a shapely young woman who will do anything to escape the boredom of a rundown saloon and a drunken bum.
The Book
You set the price! Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
"If you could see into the future, would you look?" Can you alter the future if you knew what it held? Would you? Mary Ann Nobles has to and now her entire universe depends on the future staying altered.
Revenge Served Cold
Series: Vince Roberts, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,100. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
It is said, that right after love, revenge can be the most powerful motivator for man. After the death of Vince Roberts friends and the near death and rescue of Vince himself, the obsession for the newly minted Roberts investigation organization is the capture of its number one quarry. However, revenge often serves two masters.
Carrasco's Gold
Series: Vince Roberts, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 138,150. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
After rescuing the daughter of a Southern Colorado land owner, Vince Roberts is thrust into the middle of a 18th Century mystery. From the 16th to the early 19th century, Colorado was a major pathway for Spanish gold caravans, but only about a third of all the gold transported ever reached the Gulf Coast. Where did the lost shipments end up? Vince Roberts is about to find out.
Show Low - A Vince Roberts novel
Series: Vince Roberts, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,730. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
When the 38 year old widow, heir to 350 acres of pristine Arizona ranch land, sets out to find a ranch hand to help her, she hires the young athletic 6'1", 185# hitchhiker. As the work progresses, more then Arizona heat boils the blood and even after-hour swims at the pond do little to cool off the desires that he awakens within her.
Sales People Wanted - Training Within
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,200. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Sales and Marketing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales
Need a job? Want a recession proof career. Look in the newspaper; what you see are medical careers and sales. You have no medical degree so what do you do? You could have a degree in sales and earn just as much (if not more)then the RN. This book will teach you sales. It will tell you what to say, when to say it and how to say it. It even help you get the job.
Writing to be Understood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Do you ever wonder if your words - written or spoken – have any impact? Have you ever looked across the sea of faces in an audience and realized that you lost them? That the script you are reading, or the speech you wrote is falling flat? Then you need this book.