Interview with Mark Allen

What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly Lee Child books. Jack Reacher was a hero as soon as I started reading them. When I was younger I would always talk about him as if he were real. I also enjoyed Clive Cussler's series on Dirk Pitt. Bringing the history into the stories was a fascinating blend of non-fiction, fiction, and even some conspiracies.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lee Child, hands down. He's the best in the business as far as Action/Adventure in my opinion.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mix between cluttered and clean. Yes I know that doesn't make a lot of sense but I'll make sure any papers on it are stacked neatly, there just may be several stacks of papers. I also have a bunch of random knick knacks on it such as a fly tying vice, a stress ball, some magnets and a bunch of pens.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Iowa living out in the country. I was an only child so living out in the middle of no where forced me to use my imagination to entertain myself. I still credit that imagination for my stories today. If it weren't for winning all the basketball games on my own and running around the yard shooting the bad guys with my B.B. gun I might not be able to bring life to the stories I write.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poems when I was ten when my grandma died. I found a book of her poems and that inspired me.

I think my first story was written in middle school so I was about fourteen. The main character was a sixteen year old kid who had to battle a corrupt businessman to save his father's life. When I go back and read it - it makes me laugh, but at least I was practicing getting words and thoughts on paper. After that through high school I wrote two books in the same series entitled Purpose (currently I'm going through this book and altering it and plan to release). Purpose was an action/sci-fi book with a lot of twists and turns.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy entertaining people. I like it when people tell me they didn't want the book to end or they hope to see more of the same character because I feel for that time they were reading they were able to forget the difficulties in life and lose themselves within the story and that's really what it is all about.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Knowing somebody out there wants to continue reading your material is a great feeling. It was great initially when friends and family became fans and wanted their books autographed but when a total stranger becomes a fan and enjoys your book it is a completely different feeling. You almost feel as if you have friended that person just through your writing and that's a pretty cool thing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book started with the opening scene and flourished from there. I had this idea of a contract killer who was in every sense the bad guy all of the sudden just having an off day and not being able to complete a job. I wanted readers to question themselves, asking whehter they should hope he prevailed or not.
What are you working on next?
I have several things in the works right now. Purpose, my first series written is being worked on, re-written, and changed to a little more of an "adult author" feel rather than high school me. On top of that I'm given serious consideration to writing the sequal to "A Killer's Memoir" given the fact that it's been requested by people. And I also have a story that was about half done before writing "A Killer's Memoir" that I plan to finish eventually. That's how it always seems to be - so many stories going on in my mind and it is hard to decide which one to run with.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a lot of hobbies which sometimes makes it difficult to find time for all of them. I also sing and play guitar and try to do shows here and there. On top of that I like to fish, especially fly-fishing and tie my own flies but the most important thing I do is spend time with my wife, Miranda, who is always so supportive through all my hobbies and adventures.
Published 2014-06-04.
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Books by This Author

A Killer's Memoir
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,540. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Wolf was a contract killer - and he enjoyed it and he was very good at it. Everything was great and then one day - something changed. A mission wasn't completed, his thoughts changed, his outlook changed, and he became a fugitive of his own company. In his memoir he tries to break down exactly what happened and takes you on his journey from start to finish in a wild ride.