Interview with Nate Allen

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
CLOUDS was the first five years of my writing career. It was used as a healing tool more than anything else after the death of my dad. My anger toward God is abundantly clear throughout the entirety of the story. I hated Him, and yet, I needed Him, and I knew it.

CLOUDS paved the way for Death is Not the End, Daddy, and any other future stories I publish. I had to purge myself of the poison that was inside of me before I could truly glorify my Savior through my writing.
What is your writing process?
When I start a story and establish my characters, I then let the story come to life in front of me. I have a basic idea of where I want it to go, but the journey usually is much different than how I saw it when I started. I usually know what the ending will be within the first twenty to thirty pages, so I'm not writing with no end game in mind. Instead, I am filling in the details.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible for me is the only book that brings something entirely unique to the table. It is the foundation of my faith. It transcends the medium of written word. It is Truth, it is a Love Letter, and as they say, it truly is The Greatest Story Ever Told.

With that being said, three of my favorite books come from C.S Lewis: The Great Divorce, The ScrewTape Letters, and Mere Christianity. He has been dead for years and yet his voice speaks louder today than it did when he was alive, because his message is timeless. He was a defender of the faith, a man who proved that Christianity and brilliance can go hand in hand.

I suppose I don't have a fifth favorite book. Not off the top of my head, at least.
When did you first start writing?
I started my first book when I was sixteen, early Summer. I had been unsuccessfully writing poetry and songs before that. And then one night inspiration struck, and I've been working toward it ever since.
What are you working on next?
The next story I am working on is The Counterfeit. The premise: what is paradise without God?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Minnesota, in a town known for SPAM. The setting itself didn't influence me all that much though; it was my dad's battle with cancer and passing that made me who I am today.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I always want to challenge my readers when I'm writing. With Death is Not the End, Daddy I wanted it to be an experience, not just a story. It is a double narrative, told in present tense, from the view points of two men. One is the father of Marcy Mills; the other is the man who kidnaps Marcy Mills. The idea behind it is unconditional love, hope amidst hopelessness. I wanted to show how God can use tragedy to change lives.
Published 2015-04-12.
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Books by This Author

The Faceless Future Trilogy
Price: Free! Words: 137,390. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Horror » General
Three books; one terrifyingly biblical future.
The Final Stage (The Faceless Future Trilogy Book 3)
Price: Free! Words: 57,130. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Horror » General
The Credit Chip revealing new and exciting freedoms daily, the president’s plan has come to fruition. As of January 1st, 2023, the Credit Chip will be the only form of currency accepted. As the deadline approaches, those who refuse the Chip are in danger of losing everything they have.
Better Things Ahead (The Faceless Future Trilogy Book 2)
Price: Free! Words: 38,370. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense
Although the claims of the Credit Chip causing outbursts of violence are few and far between (the closed minded digging in their heels, no doubt) the stories are shocking nonetheless. They range from murders in once loving families to mass killings in churches and venues throughout America. You can brush it under the rug like most people have but the stories are only growing worse as the days wear
A New Beginning (The Faceless Future Trilogy Book 1)
Price: Free! Words: 42,420. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
President Pummel has plans to implement a system to replace currency in its entirety: “Money is nothing but a way to distribute power. The Credit Chip would render money obsolete. Debt forgotten, felonies erased… past mistakes wiped clean. With the Credit Chip, a new beginning is truly possible!” But, what’s the cost?
Price: Free! Words: 63,420. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
“We all have monsters.” Grant said it quietly enough that only he could hear it. It was a truth he didn’t want to acknowledge. It was a truth that was beginning to become his reality.
Death is Not the End, Daddy
Price: Free! Words: 57,830. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
THREE LOCAL BOYS DEAD, ONE MISSING. Sunday, June 19th, 1983   Darkness covers Minea. Trevor Trills 14, Bradley Penwood 12, and George Thyme 11, were all found dead, facedown in the stream beneath the downtown bridge. It is believed that they jumped. Thomas Aerie 7, is still missing. He was last seen walking home from class.