Today on the FlipSide I have the pleasure of featuring author Quincy J. Allen. Quincy and I share pages in Linger—7 tales featuring ghosts from 7DS Books, but for those of you not quite acquainted with Quincy, let’s take a moment to get to know him…
Well into a mid-life career change, Quincy Allen been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines as well as one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical Burn—a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Writers Association Colorado Gold Writing Contest—was first published in June of 2012. His new novel Jake Lasater: Blood Curse, is due out by summer, and he’s started work on a new off-world steampunk series titled Paragon. He works part-time as a tech-writer to pay his bills, does book design and eBook conversions for Word Fire Press, and lives in a lovely house that he considers his very own sanctuary.
Welcome Quincy! Now let’s get to the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
Clockwork gunslinger saves world by saving 500-year-old vampiress.
Interesting! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
“Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione… or at least something that sounds a lot like it.
It has the right feel and even lyrics to match up to a wild steampunk western fantasy where the hero has and values the quality of those unwilling to bend to tyranny and deprivations against the human spirit.
Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Director: Sydney Pollack, because he directed “Jerimiah Johnson,” and I can’t think of anyone who I would select to play me. I think I’m too close to the source material.
What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
Like my choice-of-genre, I like to mix and match. I usually start writing a novel based on a specific scene, idea or “gag” I want to convey. I wrote Chemical Burn without any sort of outline but used a skeletal outline for “Blood Curse” as well as “Paragon” (unfinished.) I’m working with a friend on a 10+ book series that we’re outlining pretty heavily. I think some of it is based on the nature of the work and what I want to accomplish.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
“Don’t listen to the bandits. It’s okay to risk being a starving artist.” You have to read the bio on my website to get that one.
What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
“Time Enough for Love” by Robert Heinlein
The entire “Pliocene Saga” series (all 10 books) by Julian May
“The Chronicles of Amber” by Roger Zelazny
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Yes
- Cats or dogs? Yes
- Snow or sun? Sun
- Print books or eReader? Yes
- Nachos or potato chips? Chips
- Baked or fried? Yes
- Candy or chocolate? CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Sci-fi mixed with fantasy (comedy if you insist)
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Yes
- Classics or Modern? Yes
- Old World or New World? Yes
- Sweet or spicy? Sweet for dessert and spicy for the entree
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort for resting and speed for damn near everything else
Since Quincy’s Jake Lasater: Blood Curse isn’t available yet, let’s take a look at Out Through the Attic… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!
Thirteen fantastic tales from the cavorting, twisted mind of Quincy J. Allen, Out Through the Attic covers everything from steampunk and fantasy to sci-fi and horror. It’s a cross-genre smorgasbord that’s sure to hit the right spot, with a dose or two of straight-up genre fiction for the meat-and-taters appetite.