Good morning! Today we have author John F. Allen with us, talking about his new release, Codename: Knight Ranger. Take a look at what John has to say about the writing process and his new release!
How does writing as a veteran influence your work?
Answer: I’m very aware of the sacrifices military men & women make in service to our country. I’m also very focused on positive representation of those who serve, although as with any organization, there are bad apples.
Who was your hardest character to write, and why?
Answer: I’m not really sure. All of the characters I’ve written have come fairly easy to me, although at times the most challenging can be children.
Are you a “pantser” or “plotter”? How did that influence your writing process?
Answer: I’m a hybrid writer, part pantser and part plotter. I extensively work out ideas in my head and use a wiki (plotter) and I don’t use an outline (pantser). However, once I’ve written something I summarize in the wiki, so that I can reference things later as needed. This helps to maintain continuity in my writing.
What/who are some of your writing influences?
Answer: I find that I’m most heavily influenced by Robert B. Parker, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charles Saunders, Stephen King, Walter Mosley, L.A. Banks and Eric Jerome Dickey. Also to some extent, Don Pendleton, John Grisham, Eric Lustbader, Robert Ludlum, Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs, George R.R. Martin and Tom Clancy. My writing is also heavily influenced by comic books, primarily Marvel Comics and in that vein, writers such as: Denny O’Neil, Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, Christopher Priest, Ed Brubaker, Dwayne McDuffie, Alan Moore, Peter David and Neil Gaiman.
What’s next for Knight Ranger and company?
Answer: I have Book II in the Knight Ranger series coming out sometime before the holidays and a three novella compendium due out sometime in 2016. Knight Ranger will also appear in other works within the Ivoryverse over the coming years in addition to more solo adventures.
Anything to add?
Answer: Stay tuned to my website: www.johnfallenwriter.com and my author’s facebook page for the latest news and announcements regarding upcoming projects and appearances.
Codename: Knight Ranger
Captain Alexandre Cornelius “Neal” Du Bois is a US Army Ranger and decorated war hero. When his unit is ambushed by supernatural hostile forces while in Afghanistan, only Neal survives. When he wakes up in a secret government facility, Neal discovers that his whole life has changed forever.
A shadowy government agent named Elijah Bishop arranges for Neal’s brain to be transplanted, without his permission, into a bio-engineered body capable of amazing feats. Armed with advanced body armor and weaponry, he becomes the epitome of the Ultra Soldier.
To protect his family and those closest to him, he must let the world and everyone he loves believe he is dead. With assistance from Dr. Avery Clarkson–the scientist responsible for his new body–Neal reluctantly utilizes his superhuman abilities to work for Bishop and his organization called G.E.N.E.S.I.S. (Global Espionage Network of Elite Supernatural Intelligence and Surveillance), in order to track down those responsible for the slaughter of his unit and keep the world safe from supernatural terrorist forces.
About the Author
John F. Allen is an American writer born in Indianapolis, IN. He is a member of the Speculative Fiction Guild and the Indiana Writers Center. He began writing stories as early as the second grade and pursued all forms of writing at some point, throughout his career. John studied Liberal Arts at IUPUI with a focus in Creative Writing, received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and is a current member of the American Legion. John’s debut novel, The God Killers was published in 2013 by Seventh Star Press.
John currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, son and daughter.
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