Friday, July 25, 2014

Mal's Complication by Kevin Allen - Plus Author Interview!

Mal's Complication (Second Chances Collection) by Kevin Allen

Second Chances is about life and second chances. In this collection of shorts you’ll read about street life, corporate life, love lives, the pulpit, the mosque, and all manner of fallen given a second chance to make right what they did wrong. But will they successfully make it?

Mal’s Complication – Meet Mallary the woman with big plans. She always plans ahead, always puts things in place she will need, and never loses control. With that mentality she’s about to forge the largest merger her company has ever had, single handedly.

If only her personal life could be so easy to manipulate, or is it? Mal has a plan for Cedric, her baby’s father. She lost him with one act that forever complicated things between her and Cedric. Now she’s looking to patch things up. Everything has been in place, everything. But soon Mal will learn that life has its plots and twists and will turn her plans into something she can’t handle. Can she win back the love of her life or will she lose him forever?

Author Interview:

Q: Tell us a little about your background.

My name is Kevin Allen, Independent author. Born and raised in Jamaica, have written several titles all sold online through various retailers, which you can find on my site. I am an individual driven by some need I can’t explain to just do things outside the norm.

Q: When did you begin writing?

I started writing in 2011, finished in 2012 and rushed to publishing without fully understanding how the process worked... Needless to say I've had to do some rewrites. I spent the better part of the last year and some months learning how to write, the last six months in deep thought, and now I am ready to start writing books I want to write, along with the sequels I need to finish. Should be a lot of fun

Q: What genres do you write?

I write a few genres matter of fact. Mainly Romance and suspense, erotica, inspirational, poetry. That’s actually why I am a self-proclaimed, Metawriter, which is my twitter name. I love reading books, not a specific genre and I want to write books, not a specific genre.

Q: Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?

The world. When I sit, I see millions of people sitting down with my novel in hand and I begin writing. Brings a smile to my face each time.

Q: What's your latest book about?

Two of them actually, the sequel to Mal’s complication, Visitor, a short prologue to a novel that will be introduced at the end of Visitor, and the novel itself. I am hoping to have all of them done by December.

I have also had the opportunity to write a historical fiction with author, Emma Rose Millar, called Five Guns Blazing. A historical fiction that has made some noise in the UK and hasn’t been published as yet. Emma Millar is author of Aeleon’s Harp. She invited me to help with the novel because of the slave elements within the book and I am happy I said yes.

Q: Which authors inspire you?

Langston Hughes, Poe, Shakespeare, James Patterson, Erick Jerome Dickey, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and so many indie authors I’ve had the opportunity to meet and read their novels.

Q: What's your favorite book?

Any story with the Tales of Anansi, Of Men and Monsters. As a child growing up in Jamaica, the stories of Anansi permeated my brain because almost every person on the Island knew at least one story. When I first found Of Men and Monsters, the story gripped me right away. Just the struggle that men were put through and the way it ended actually brought me to tears reading that book.

Q: Why did you choose independent publishing?

I wasn’t willing to pay a publishing company $20,000 to publish a novel they would find a way to make roughly 80% profit on. So I took to learning about self publishing and found the KDP platform at that time, then I found Createspace while trying to figure out how to get my book in print, smashwords followed, and then Nookpress. Independent publishing gave me more control of my work and less headache. Thinking about it, if you get published by a big name, you still have to market and that is what sells books. Indie publishing was definitely for me because I love having my hand in everything pertaining to my work.

Q: What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

Just write and express yourself according to what you do. I have had many experiences during my short time in the literary world, which has helped me develop as a person and as a write, most of them self induced. So just do what you intend to do and use any experience to grow from it.

Q: What’s next for author Kevin allen?

A lot of marketing and writing. When I started writing again I made a few decision. Creating a personal website people can go and interact with me. Next, will be trying to do more with my work to make it better than the first, “learning curves” were.

Q: Where can readers find you on the web?

They can visit me directly

@metawriter on Twitter or facebook to connect through Social Media.

Q: Any last minute messages to send to the readers?

Thank you for any support you give by way of telling people about me, purchasing and or reviewing my books, or just following along. Don’t even be shy; ask questions if they need to be asked. And thank you for giving me this interview.

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