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It is my pleasure to feature: Allen Wyler and Dead End Deal.
I hope you enjoy the interview:
? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Hard to say. It was an unscratched itch that my career choice of medicine kept me from alleviating. I seemed to be one of those unattainable desires until one day I figured what the hell, start to work on it. There was no epiphany moment.
? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
From high school through residency I was 100% goal-directed at medicine. Still am. Being a writer was done in parallel.
? How long does it take you to write a book?
Impossible to say because I always have about three concepts brewing either in the back of my mind, or more formally, on paper. And then there are always the rewrites, line edits etc before the book is actually done. Probably from concept to finished product, about a year and a half.
? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Not sure I have quirks. For me writing just hard work.
? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
From people I encounter in daily life. Being a physician gave me ample opportunity to see some real characters.
? How do you decide what you want to write about?
Of the concepts brewing, I select the one that seems to be the most developed and would have the most general appeal.
? What books have most influenced your life?
Marathon Man and Vertical Run were the two thrillers that cemented me into the genre.
? What are you reading right now?
Funny you should ask. It’s a sci-fi by Richard Morgan. I don’t read much sci-fi but this was recommended to me by a friend whose tastes are similar to mine, so I started this one. Really enjoying it.
? What do you like to do when you are not writing?
My wife and I have a beautiful Japanese style garden that requires a ton of attention. I’m also into digital photography and amateur radio. I’m very geeky.
? What is your favorite comfort food?
? What do you think makes a good story?
Tons of suspense in a story line that keeps moving like a freight train.
? Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
John Sandford. Love his style and characters. Read everything he’s done.
Fun random questions:
- dogs or cats? Dogs. No question.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee.
- Dark or milk chocolate? Dark.
- Rocks or flowers? Flowers
- Night or day? Day
- Favorite color? Black for clothes. Silver for cars.
- Crayons or markers? Markers
- Pens or pencils? Fancy mechanical pencils.
Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler
Amazon Product Description:
(Astor + Blue Publishing)