Interview with Lex Allen

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was a story about a biker who meets and falls in lust with a very religious, but very sexually oriented young woman. The question was, would the biker join the church or the church lady join the MC? I actually sold that story to Easy Rider magazine for $50.00 (a lot at that time), but they never published it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
i have a 110 year old farmhouse, complete with barn and outbuildings, surrounded by a six x two foot rock wall - there's always work to do! Aside from that I play guitar, walk my dog and spending lots of prime time with my wife of 34 years.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am an official reviewer for Reader's Favorite Book Awards, so this is my primary source of books to read. I also stay up to date on my favorite authors - Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Dan Brown.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one. Seriously, it's been said that to be successful a writer must write everyday. She must be totally organized and disciplined in order to succeed. I'm neither organized, nor disciplined. I write when the mood hits me, regardless the time of day (I can do that because I don't hold a regular job) and I continue until something else comes along to distract me. As I have been successful with this lack of process, I've proved the everyday bit wrong.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I do, however, remember the first story I ever read that really had an impact on me. That would be Stephen King's "Carrie."
How do you approach cover design?
Very carefully, with a great deal of trepidation. I am graphic design/photoshop illiterate. Fortunately, I have help. Sometimes, I'll give the artist an idea of what I want, but equally often I'll see what she comes up with and ask for adjustments from there.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I have a Kindle Fire and a Kindle Paperwhite. I've never tried any others.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The cliché is: "Growing Old is Mandatory, Growing Up is Optional." I've opted out of 'growing up.' Seriously, though, as a baby-boomer, I grew up in Southern Baptist home in South/Central Texas and entered the Army at the ripe old age of 17. I've seen war up close and personal. I've lived most of my life in Germany and traveled much of the world over the past 40 years. As you can imagine, all of this has tremendous impact on my writing. But, to explain exactly when and how is beyond my talents as a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, 'No Religion', completes the Imagine Trilogy. After realizing that religion was not for me, that all religions are based upon myths and fed by fear of the unknown, I began to examine alternatives. It was many years and a ton of reading later that I came upon the idea that Jesus could have come from an advanced human society in a parallel universe. I read up on the quantum physics theories - string, entanglement, and multiverse - and, taking a great deal of artistic license added this facet to the whole. Using a conceptual mixer, I put in religious facts and conspiracy theories, quantum physics, supernatural characters, spiritualism, Buddhism and a pinch of astronomy and devil worship. I turned the mixer on and what came out was The Imagine Trilogy - 'No Heaven', 'No Hell', and 'No Religion'.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Most people will tell you that they took the indie author route because they had zero chance of landing a traditional publishing contract. That's not my reason. I went 'indie' because the contracts I read were too restrictive in what I could or could not do with my book. I had no options to ignore an editor's directive, no input for the covers or price or distribution. There was no guarantee when the book would be published. It might be a year or ten years later. And...the royalty split was very heavily in favor of the publisher.
As an indie author, I control everything and my 'cut' is far higher than a traditionally published author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That remains to be seen. Although I've had a couple of books, off and on over the past three years, I've never really marketed to Smashwords or any of their many distributors. I intend doing exactly that, now...and we'll see how it goes. I'm confident of great success.
Published 2015-09-25.
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Books by This Author

Lovably Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,390. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A collection of horror / paranormal stories. Caution - Several of the stories in the "Lovably Dead" collection contain explicit language and adult situations.