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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Allen Woods Turns History Love into Novel, Part 2
Today I'm excited to introduce you to author Allen Woods. He has been a full-time freelance writer and editor for almost 30 years, recently specializing in social studies and reading textbooks for all ages. The spark for The Sword and Scabbard came while doing research for an American history text. He welcomes e-mail at the Blog page of the book web site www.theswordandscabbard.com.
Welcome back to Pastimes! Thanks for joining us and sharing a bit about your writing world. What surprises you most as you write?
I find that once a story gets rolling, the characters become very real, and inhabit my brain as much or more as the real people around me. I find that i end up hearing conversations in my head.
What piece of advice do you have for readers who want to write? If you could teach them something what would it be?
Write only about what you love and what excites you. The process should be your reward, since fame and fortune are elusive and fleeting.
What’s next for you?
I hope that sales from The Sword and Scabbard allow a bit of time to work on the next one - the entire Revolution lies ahead for the Nicholas and Maggie and all of Boston and America.
What are you currently reading?
I alternate between historical fiction and modern crime. I just finished a historical mystery by Robin Blake set in 1740s England and am now on to modern US crime by John Sandford and John Lescroart.
I think The Sword and Scabbard would make a great movie - lots of action, famous figures such as Samuel Adams and John Hancock, a bit of romance, and a little controversy concerning the narrative of the American revolution.
Do you participate in author book signings or events? Where can readers find you?
I have done several readings and signings in western Massachusetts near my home. I am available to book clubs and others seeking interviews or q&a’s through a listing at http://www.readerscircle.org/authors3.php or at the book web site which supports comments and questions through any blog entry at http://www.theswordandscabbard.com/category/blog/