AUTHOR JOHN F. ALLEN TO APPEAR AT 7th ANNUAL PARANORMAL MEET & GREET!

Greetings Staunch Perusers!

On Saturday, August 10th, I will be selling/signing my debut novel, THE GOD KILLERS at the Paranormal Meet & Greet, along with other Indiana Horror Writers (IHW) authors (including TCQ members, RJ Sullivan, Eric Garrison, and Michael West).

We will be at:

The Hannah House

The Hannah House

Hannah House

3801 Madison Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46227

12 noon to 4pm

Admission is FREE!!!

 

Hannah House is Indianapolis’s premier haunted house!

Legend has it that one night, a group of slaves, cramped in a cellar, awaited the right time to leave Hannah House, so they could head for the Canada along the Underground Railroad. An accident occured when one of them tipped over an oil lamp, which caused a fire and killed them all. Supposedly, their spirits are bound to the sight of the tragedy and haunt the grounds. 

This event has experienced growth every year since its inception. There will be paranormal investigators/enthusiasts, tours of the house all afternoon (for a donation), and there’s possibly a drawing for door prizes!

Come out and meet with Indiana’s paranormal community!

I hope to see you there!

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GET YOUR EBOOK COPY OF THE GOD KILLERS TODAY FOR LESS THAN A STARBUCKS LATTE!

ATTENTION STAUNCH PERUSERS!!!

John F. Allen

John F. Allen

I want to use this blog post to personally thank my friends, family and growing fan base for their support of my debut Urban Fantasy novel, The God Killers!

So far, I’ve experienced a great deal of success with sales and I owe it ALL TO YOU! This novel came about (in large part) because of the belief, dedication and support of others! I am very proud to have such a wonderful group of individuals who saw something in me, that I sometimes didn’t see in myself.

Please leave a review and/or comment for The God Killers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter!

Here’s the first GLOWING review of THE GOD KILLERS!

“I just couldn’t put down The God Killers, it was an AWESOME read! I’m ready for Book II already!”
~ Eugena McFarland

 

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AUTHOR JOHN F. ALLEN TO APPEAR AT FANDOM FEST JULY 26 – 28!

ATTENTION STAUNCH PERUSERS!

Me, Michael West, Eric Garrison & RJ Sullivan.

Me, Michael West, Eric Garrison & RJ Sullivan.

I will be attending Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky this coming Friday through Sunday, July 26-28 along with my fellow The Corvus Quartet (TCQ) buddies: RJ Sullivan, Eric Garrison, and Michael West.

You’ll find me hanging out at the Seventh Star Press booth selling my book The God Killers when I’m not on panels in the Literary Track:

 

 

Friday:

5:30 PM Urban Fantasy Today; Room# 107

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Saturday:

10:00 AM Approaches to Character Development; Room# 108

11:30 AM World  Building 101; Room# 109

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SEVENTH STAR PRESS

SEVENTH STAR PRESS

Other Seventh Star Press authors in attendance: D. A. Adams, Steven Shrewsbury, Selah Janel, Ali Justice and Stephen Zimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

FANDOMFEST POSTERI am going to attempt to snag a photo-op with Stan “The Man” Lee, if any slots are left! I will also hope to catch a glimpse of other celebrities such as: William Shatner, Jay and Silent Bob, Gillian Andersen, John Barrowman & Michael Rooker to name a few!

I’m positive that Seventh Star Press will have a STRONG presence this year as in years past and the regional author tract will include a full weekend of exciting and informative panels, with plenty of opportunities to learn how authors work their mojo and hopefully we can inspire future authors to use the tools we impart and wisdom we’ve gained to pursue their own dreams.

 

 

FYI, Louisville, KY is only a 2.5 hour drive from Indianapolis, IN and I’d love to see you there, so come out to meet me, purchase an autographed copy of The God Killers and enjoy a weekend filled with FUN & EXCITEMENT!!!

STAY TUNED FOR PICTURES FOLLOWING THE EVENT & REMEMBER TBIYTC!!!

AND TO MY TRUE BELIEVERS, EXCELSIOR!!!

AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIC GARRISON!

Four Til Late

Four Til Late

I want to extend a hearty congratulations to my very good friend and fellow Seventh Star Press author, Eric Garrison on his latest novel, FOUR TIL LATE. Eric, as I write this, you’ve gotten your first shipment of print copies of FOUR ‘TIL LATE your novel. I know what a thrill it is to see ideas take solid form, but tell my readers, how do YOU REALLY feel?

Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog, John!

It’s been a long road for this book. It was the one that started it all, my first novel, and yet now it’s my latest novel. It was a project done out of love and honor, as I wrote it the month after my writer uncle Chuck died in 2007. I didn’t know then that I’d be a published author a little over 5 years later, but opening that box to see the shiny trade paperbacks with gorgeous professional artwork, I felt a thrill of excitement and a burning rush of pride.

It”s been a long time coming, but this labor of love has been refined and updated and improved with editing and the experience of four other books written since then under my belt. I am PSYCHED.

I know a little about FOUR TIL LATE, but please let my readers know (in your words) what the novel is all about. I got a Supernatural meets Scooby Gang vibe. Would you agree with that assessment, or is there another more succinct description? What inspires your writing?

I think “Scooby-Doo meets Supernatural” isn’t too far off. I loved Scooby-Doo as a kid, and I am a huge fan of the Supernatural TV show today. FOUR ‘TIL LATE is a haunted road trip, as much a buddy story as it is a thriller. It stars an amateur ghost hunter named Brett who sets out on a fun trip to New Orleans with a couple of buddies, and along the way, he reignites a romance with his ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately, he isn’t able to leave his hobby behind, as supernatural warnings turn into much more dangerous encounters with the paranormal world.

When it comes to ghost stories and the supernatural in general, are you more of an adherent to classic spins or do you prefer the more modern takes? Which authors inspire you, particularly with this work?

You know, I wasn’t even intending to write a ghost story to start with. FOUR ‘TIL LATE is meant to be an urban / supernatural fantasy, and I had hoped to follow in the footsteps of Charles de Lint and Jim Butcher, who are my favorite authors in that genre. I think I ended up at least somewhere between the subtler magical realism of de Lint and the high-powered urban fantasy of the Dresden tales. But as the story unfolded, it DID become a ghost story, and I was shocked when another writer friend called it horror later. I didn’t set out to write a horror story, but I’ll admit, it’s got horror elements. So yeah, there’s more of a modern influence on my writing, but if you’ve ever read any of Fritz Leiber’s darker stories, you may see a strong influence for the supernatural forces in my books. He’s just got a sort of slow, steady, driving rhythm to his storytelling that I love, and I try to emulate that when I’m building tension or unfolding the stranger parts of the story for the reader.

Is it true you’re an actual ghost hunter? Please briefly tell us one of your favorite exploits and how this undertaking effects/enhances your writing?

It’s true! My wife and I joined the Indiana Ghost Trackers in 2003. I went expecting a bunch of attention-seeking lunatics, but instead found a group of intelligent, curious, friendly people who had a sense of adventure. We both got very interested in ghost hunting and the paranormal in general and became officers in the club. Being one of the biggest skeptics in the group, I asked a lot of questions and did a lot of experimenting with equipment and analyzed evidence more closely than a lot of folks, and ended up as Trainer for both the Indy and Lafayette chapters. We left the group on 2010, but are still friends with the organization’s president and the folks we knew in our time there.

Exploits… Well, nothing specific comes up in FOUR ‘TIL LATE, but I can tell you I have some fairly accurate retellings of some ghost hunts in the third ROAD GHOSTS book, ME AND THE DEVIL, which will be coming out through Seventh Star Press later this year or early next year. Let’s see, one time, we investigated Hannah House, a notoriously haunted mansion on Indy’s South Side (where you and I will be appearing as part of the Paranormal Meet & Greet on August 10th!). We were in the basement, voice recorders running, being given a tour among dusty, 150 year old jars of canned fruit and other bric a brac. One of our guides said “Isn’t this where you got that ‘find me’?” And when qurstioned, they said they’d been there before with recorders and had gotten an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) that said, “find me”, when they played it back. So when Amy and I got home, we played back OUR recording, and something freaky happened. About 10 seconds *before* our guide mentioned what the voice had said before, a voice played on our recording, also whispering, “find me!”

What do you hope readers take away from FOUR TIL LATE? What did you take away from it as an author?

FOUR ‘TIL LATE isn’t just a ghost story, it’s also about friendship and love overcoming demons of the past that come back to haunt you. I hope readers come away feeling like they’ve just had an adventure with a bunch of great friends, and that the characters are people they’d like to spend time with again and again.

I wrote two more books after writing this one, SINKING DOWN and ME AND THE DEVIL. I guess it shows how much I wanted to spend more time with these people that I kept coming back to them.

You’ve completed five novels and and this is your first publication with Seventh Star Press. Please tell us what the experience has been like for you? Share some details of your writer’s journey.

It was FOUR ‘TIL LATE that kicked everything off, so it’s both my first and also my latest novel in a way. I’ve come full circle, having written 3 other urban fantasy novels and a science fiction novel. I started out by self-publishing my work, then I fell in with a critique group that helped open my eyes to the craft of writing, to things I didn’t see in my own writing that I learned to improve on. I was invited to join the Indiana Horror Writers, and that’s helped me see the publishing world beyond writing. My fifth novel, Reality Check, was written with the goal of publication in mind, and was the first to go through beta readers and rewriting and polishing. Hydra Publications took a chance on me and that book went through another couple of rounds with a professional editor. It was then that Seventh Star Press said yes to my pitch to have the ROAD GHOSTS novels revamped and done up properly to get it in front of a wider audience.

I think it’d be best to describe my career growth as an author described as incremental. Ever since I started, it was always about going a few steps more outside my comfort zone, to do something new and bigger, to stretch my boundaries.

This is going to be a crazy busy summer for us, appearing all around. What event do you look forward to the most?

You know, I had to be talked into Fandom Fest, but the more I hear about it and the closer it gets, the more excited I get about it. Rumor has it that the Seventh Star Press booth is going to be next door to a VERY major personality that has all of us excited. I’m looking forward to the fantastic writing track that’s being run by our own Stephen Zimmer. I’ll be seeing a big bunch of authors I normally only talk to online. It’s going to be big, really big, and I just asked for Monday off as well since I can feel in my gut that I’m going to need a day to recuperate.

Eric Garrison

Eric Garrison

What is the background of the series? What other novels are planned for this series and when can we expect them out?

ROAD GHOSTS started as a single book. But the summer after I wrote it, I had a dream about a little ghoul being found by Brett and Liz, and I woke up laughing at the image of the couple taking the ghoul to a McDonald’s dumpster to feed. I tried to write a short story about that, but it demanded to be more, and that became the first chapter in SINKING DOWN, the sequel. That book is in editing right now, and I hope to have it out this fall. Since I had two books, and since I had some loose ends, I decided to make it a trilogy and wrote ME AND THE DEVIL, which I hope to have out this winter. One of the characters in SINKING DOWN was too funny not to write more about, so I wrote a spinoff called BLUE SPIRIT, which is the story of Skye MacLeod, who sees fairies when she’s had a couple of drinks. Dark, Grimm-style fairies, not Tinkerbell. So, she spends most of that book tipsy, trying to save her vampire-gaming friends from very real danger. That’s going to be a second trilogy, probably called TIPSY FAIRY TALES, and those will be released next year sometime (I still have two to write).

I appreciate this opportunity to speak with you on your latest novel, Eric. I wish you long lasting and continued success in your writing career. REMEMBER TBIYTC!!!

Thanks, John, I wish you the best too, and can’t wait to start reading my copy of THE GOD KILLERS!

To my readers, go pick up your copy of Four Til Late at the following link!

http://www.amazon.com/Four-Til-Late-Eric-Garrison/dp/1937929221/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374520017&sr=1-2&keywords=Four+Til+Late

InConJunction 2013

MY VERY FIRST EXPERIENCES AS AN AUTHOR AT A CON!

Today’s blog post is a recount and sharing of my experiences as an author attending InConJunction 2013!

Eric Garrisson, RJ Sullivan and me!I had the opportunity to share a dealers table with my fellow IHW members and Seventh Star Press authors RJ Sullivan and Eric Garrison, two friends whom I greatly respect and admire! (picture provided by Banana Girl) I also got the opportunity to get acquainted with our vendor neighbor, fellow author Bryan O’Neill, who is a very nice guy and terrific talent!

July 2013  Book I InConJunction was my first convention of the summer and the first time I’ve ever been on the other side of the table, either on the dealer’s floor or in a panel. I won’t lie and say that I was slightly intimidated by this AWESOME opportunity!

I wasn’t really sure how well I would be received considering I am a first time author and my book isn’t due to officially drop until July 20th.The feeling of sitting before people and speaking doesn’t make me nervous normally; I’m told I’m a natural born speaker.

But this weekend was different.

Me and Cherie Priest!

Me and Cherie Priest!

I was sharing the table with writers like Cherie Priest, James O. Barnes of Loconeal Publishing, Nicole Cushing, Eric Garrison and my mentor RJ Sullivan (to name a few), addressing writing topics face to face with nearly a dozen people at a time, fielding questions and speaking as an expert on writing. Me? I couldn’t believe it! I had to pinch myself because it was only a year ago that I was in the opposite seating arrangement, dreaming of the chance to host a panel.As surreal as being a panelist was, in and of itself, and sharing the table with such other more seasoned and exceptionally talented writers, nothing could compare to the feeling I got when I hosted a panel on Urban Fantasy solo!

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d witnessed panels with obnoxious audience members who seemed ready to pounce on the author at a moment’s notice. Being a first time author without an actual book released, I just knew someone was going to question my credibility, I just knew it!

Me and James O. Barnes!

Me and James O. Barnes!

…but they didn’t.

In fact, the audience embraced what I said, asked very good questions and seemed to actually listen to what I had to say. I was pleasantly shocked and privately overjoyed! I have to say that my experiences as a panelist at InConJunction 2013 were VERY positive!

Me and Stuart Sayger!

Me and Stuart Sayger!

I saw old friends like renown artist Stuart Sayger and met a lot of people who were very interested in reading and learning more about my novel and complimented my promo material (I had beautifully made trading cards to hand out to InConJunction 2013 patrons).

I made plenty of connections with fellow authors, publishers and potential fans alike. I enjoyed myself and look forward to see what next year brings!!!

© 2013 John F. Allen