Interview with Marian Allen

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. For those from elsewhere: The West End was the "tough" part of town. I wasn't tough, though; I was invisible. You see a lot when you're invisible, and you hear a lot. You think about things a lot. You think about what you would do if had the nerve or the muscle. Pretty useful, for a future writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a toss-up between writing something I'm proud of and writing something somebody else loves.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! As I say, it's wonderful to write something that I enjoy reading, but it's really somewhat pointless if nobody else enjoys it, too.
What is your writing process?
I get a general idea, come up with a handle to grab it by, write a little, do a general outline, and get to work. Once I have a rough draft, I shape the story, polish it, let it rest, reshape and polish it, and take it to my critique group. I might do another rewrite or two and certainly another polish before I submit it.
Describe your desk
Oh, dear! Big and messy!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, cooking, knitting, talking.

I read just about anything. I love to cook almost as much as I love to eat. I just learned to knit in the winter of 2013; although I can't knit anything except scarves, I enjoy doing that. And talking? Yakkity yakkity yak!
What do you read for pleasure?
Just about everything, from tech manuals to comedy.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome
Possibly my favorite book altogether. It charms me. It's laugh-out-loud funny, lyrically beautiful, historically and geographically interesting, and sweetly nostalgic. It's my go-to book when I want to fend off the blues.

Titus Groan and Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
Books 1 and 2 of the trilogy make one long story. So wonderfully, massively, gorgeously strange! If they're allegories, I don't want to know. I just want to trip out on them. Fantastic in the best senses of the word.

Journey To the West volume 1
Because The Stone Monkey is so much fun!

My Zombie Dog by Charmaine Clancy
The only zombie book I ever read or ever want to read. It's a hoot!
Published 2013-09-04.
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Books by This Author

Turtle Feathers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,830. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The dog Joseph's stepmother gave him leads him away from his intended route. Disobedience puts a young mermaid's life into the relentless claws of a crab. A penguin thinks his fortune is made when he discovers a cache of Scotch. More off-beat animal stories from the author of LONNIE, ME AND THE HOUND OF HELL.
Lonnie, Me and the Hound of Hell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,470. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Short stories of animals and oddities. A man's best friend believes he's called the devil's own dog. A little girl is terrorized, with only two little mice to help her. A vampire is sent to clean up a crooked horse race. A gay cat puts his paws on the line to save a friend from aliens. Ten stories included, some never before published.
The King of Cherokee Creek
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,100. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bud Blossom, Chinese-American owner of floating dockside restaurant The Golden Lotus, is a hard man to work for, a bad man to cross, and a difficult man to befriend. This is a collection of stories--some previously published, some new--about Bud and the people into whose lives he digs his claws. Also includes "The Dragon of North 24th Street", published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine.
MA's Monthly Hot Flashes: 2002-2009
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hot Flashes are tiny little stories--fireflies for your mind. I've published one of these little guys every month since January 2002. This seven-year collection includes romance, mystery, tragedy, fantasy and more. Perfect for reading on a small-screen device.