Allen J. Woppert

Biography

Allen J. Woppert was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Although he has lived in Europe for many years, he still considers himself an American at heart.

Before he started his writing career, Woppert worked as a teacher, an editor, and an encoder of mind-numbingly boring information for an insurance company. He likes writing better.

Till now, most of Woppert's work has been for young people learning English. He has recently turned to writing short stories and young adult fiction. His first YA novel, The War on Science Goes Batshit, appeared in November 2013.

Smashwords Interview

Before you wrote your novel, you wrote English Language Teaching textbooks. What’s the difference between the two, and which do you prefer?
It depends how you go about it. Our approach in the language textbooks was story-based. So while the top priority was to teach English, we always tried to do it with an entertaining story. Nobody ever objected to having fun while learning.

With a novel, the emphasis, of course, is on entertainment, but if my readers learn a thing or two in the process, I’m sure they won’t complain either. So the two kinds of books actually have more in common than you might think.
What is your writing process like?
I have probably the worst writing habits of any writer! Even though I’ve been doing this full-time for many, many years, I don’t keep a regular schedule. Every “how to write” book I’ve ever seen says to stick to a schedule, write X number of words a day. But for me, I have to feel inspired, so I only work when I have the feeling that what comes out on paper is going to be good.

And I’m not big on plotting or outlining. It makes me feel like a hypocrite to say that, after years of teaching students the importance of an outline! But I’ve never been able to work with one—it’s just not how my mind works.

I start with characters, and I sort of know where they’re going in the end, but I try to let them run free and get there by themselves. As I write, I find the characters develop a personality of their own. So I don’t try to force them to do things—it sounds weird, I know, but they make the decisions every step of the way.
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Books

The War on Science Goes Batshit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,310. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
It’s an all-out war at Batshit High when boy genius and science geek Timothy Thompson stops his biology teacher from introducing “intelligent design” and tries to force her to teach real science (evolution). The school and community are divided. Things heat up, eventually becoming a matter of life and death for Timothy. A delightful and suspenseful coming-of-age story with a political twist.

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