Interview with Allen J. Gerzoff

What motivated you to become an indie author?
This probably should be an answer of many parts, but getting to the point, it seemed like the logical thing to do. From all I’ve heard and read about publishing these days, many of the standard paths can get very expensive before there is any possibility of earning anything for my hard work, with still no guarantee of success. Success is the biggest thing I strive for. It’s what we all strive for, but I also understand we can’t all win. If I do ultimately fail with my books, I may as well do it as cheaply as I can.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to get my work out into the public arena. Whether I beat the odds or fail is, of course, up to me. I’ve not heard anything good about the standard print publishing route lately. I’ve tried to catch the interest of several literary agents and publishers in the past, with absolutely zero effect. I’m not that fond of constantly spinning my wheels.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don’t know that I have all that many fans as yet, but I am working hard to build a fan base. I truly welcome the ones I do have and hope they see me for the work I’ve done to bring them a high level of enjoyment they can appreciate. I’ve not seen any movies lately and the few television programs I still bother to watch are about as deep and meaningful as dirty rain falling on flat pavement, in other words, no depth and very little substance. I want to give my fans something better.
What are you working on next?
I have a few projects lined up. The Richard Remington/Historelic series will be ongoing for some time. I have three out now and a fourth in the works. I also have a western partially completed and another sci fi novel about time travel with a radically different twist. I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Who are your favorite authors?
Of our modern authors, Lee Child runs high. I know he is a mystery/thriller writer, not sci fi. Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein come to mind. Beyond these it is difficult to pick favorites. There are so many really good ones. There is one thing I will add, I do enjoy a good mystery. I wish fervently the mystery writers among us will stop with the serial killer crap. There must be something else to write about, somewhere, somehow.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes it’s just the adventure of seeing if I can get both feet on the floor and headed toward the bathroom.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I probably read about as much as I write. I do enjoy chatting with friends and relatives on Facebook. I’ve had an ongoing love affair with photography. I hardly ever watch TV anymore. It seems like such a pointless waste of time these days. The available stream of inane drivel seems endless.
Why did you pick science fiction and the subject of time travel in particular to write about?
It is true that sci fi is less popular than other genres, but I decided early on to write what I want to write. If I must write about subjects or genres that don’t appeal to me, I might just as well go flip burgers at some fast food grease pit. The possibility of time travel has always held a fascination for me.
Do you think time travel will ever be possible?
There are always skeptics around, too many in fact. Think of all the things in our lives that were unheard of or thought impossible just a few short years ago. As I see it, nothing is impossible. It is true, there is still a huge list of things we humans haven’t figured out or invented or discovered, but we’ll get there. All we need is time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It has been the learning of a whole new trade. I’ve been writing for years, but it has all been technical in nature, dry beyond arid, just the facts Ma’am. It’s been a lot of fun turning around to an entirely new genre. I’m still learning and may very well be for the rest of my life.
Published 2013-11-28.
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