Allen Schatz


The ability to create something from nothing is probably what I enjoy most about writing. There are no restrictions to hold you back. If you can imagine it, you can include it in your story.

I can’t sew with a needle and thread very well, but I can weave with my words. My ultimate goal is to create a fabric others can enjoy. That so many have in such a short time is a pretty cool thing.

My first three novels are now available. The Marshall Connors Series consists of GAME 7: DEAD BALL, 7TH INNING DEATH, and RALLY KILLER. Mystery. Suspense. Baseball. A perfect combination.

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Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs. That left me being a Philadelphia sports fan. That led me to the love of baseball, despite what was a lot of early disappointment in the Phillies. I put my stories in and around the places I was familiar with in my youth (and early adult life). I think that makes them a little more real, to me and the reader.
When did you first start writing?
Informally, I started when I was a kid, with letters, essays and school work. My professional career in auditing had me doing a ton of business writing. Formally, I started novel writing in 2008.
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Where to find Allen Schatz online


The Marshall Connors Series
Not your same old fiction...


Rally Killer
Series: Marshall Connors Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 101,460. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When trust turns into betrayal, stability turns into chaos... A dark figure from the past. An explosion. A suicide. Games beyond baseball. Nothing is as it seems. Marshall Connors' world once again gets turned upside down. He's a baseball umpire. Baseball is a game, it's supposed to be fun. What Marshall keeps stepping in is very much NOT fun - it's deadly. BOOK 3 in the MARSHALL CONNORS SERIES
7th Inning Death
Series: Marshall Connors Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 104,230. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Major league baseball umpire Marshall Connors longs for a return to the relative obscurity of his profession and the simplicity of the game he loves. A new relationship gives him hope. A old acquaintance takes it away. Because... Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. Sometimes, good people do bad things. And sometimes, people are just plain bad... BOOK 2 in the MARSHALL CONNORS SERIES
Game 7: Dead Ball
Series: Marshall Connors Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 108,470. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.70 from 10 reviews)
Major league umpire Marshall Connors believes a vacation cut short is a reasonable price to pay for the opportunity to work the World Series. But that price rapidly escalates when he finds himself in the middle of more than the game on the field. Secrets, lies, and revenge spark a fiery collision between past and present and Marshall quickly realizes some things are better left alone.