Name Bev Allen
Where are you from
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m married and I have two grown up children. When I’m not writing, sewing or drawing, I work as an administrator for a small educational charity which publishes military history research material. I also do some military history research myself.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is the publication of my second novel “The Tattooed Tribes”.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I think I wrote my first illustrated novel about my first cat. I was probably about four, I suspect it wasn’t very good and I have doubts about the spelling.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When Big Finish commissioned me to write a Dr.Who story for one of their Short Trip Anthologies.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A time comes when there is no longer enough room in your head for all the people and their stories, it is a case of write them down and make some room. Of course, as soon as you do that a whole load of new people and stories move in to fill the gaps J
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure, I think I just like telling stories.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles and I are a source of amusement at Thorstruck. I am famous for never knowing what to call a book, prevaricating for weeks over different suggestion and finally having to toss a coin. I am ashamed to say it took me six months to come up with “Jabin” and even I got bored with the saga of “The Tattooed Tribes”.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In “the Tattooed Tribes” it is an ecological one.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I researched the survival techniques carefully, so I hope they are right.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The book is dedicated to a man who loved the wild wood and understood it. He taught me how to make a fire, use a compass and showed me the hills and the mountains. I miss him.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m re-reading Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Ben Aaronovitch. He’s not really “new” as such, but I discovered him a couple of years ago and I love his books
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m in the middle of writing my third book and I hope to be adding some more short fiction to my blog
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Her name was Carol Rider and she taught English at my secondary school
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to see it as a career, but I think it will probably be more of a hobby
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest
No, I don’t think so.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I really don’t, as I said, the cat story was done when I was very young.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
.I’ve gone away from sci-fi towards fantasy with this one, but not all the way, I’m afraid I can’t cope with magic, it feels too much like cheating to me. This one will tell the story of Aulay Fitzgellis, the illegitimate son of a king who rebels against his little (legitimate) brother when he has inherited the throne.
He is defeated by an army of mercenaries and would have lost his head if the leader of that army hadn’t taken him away captive. The story deals with Aulay coming to terms with never being able to go home, finding a new way to live and learning how a revolutionary weapon will affect the way the mercenaries fight and change their world forever. It won’t be part of a series, I don’t write series, I’m not even sure if I can write sequels, despite a lot of people being kind enough to say they would like one.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m not good at “place”, if you want descriptions of sweeping landscapes, or details of towns and cities, I’m not the best person to read.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Terry Pratchett. The man is a philosopher and a comic genius.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
All Thorstruck covers are designed in house by a very talented lady called Poppet.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I leant a huge amount about matriarchal societies around the world.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read, read and then read some more
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoyed the story
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I really don’t, books have been so important for so long, the start is lost in the mists of time.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Terry Pratchett makes me laugh; cruelty of all kinds, to animals, children, the weak, the defenceless makes me angry and makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would love to meet the Pharaoh Akhenaten and see if he really was that weird shape and I would love to ask him where his wife is buried.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I want a green burial and I want them to plant a tree over me, so no headstone, just becoming part of the good earth.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I am a quilter and I like to draw.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Okay, I admit it, you forced it out of me, I love Star Trek.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Crusty bread and fresh butter/ yellow/ Mozart and traditional folk.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have liked to have been a fine arts auctioneer.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?