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The Best is Yet to Come by John F. Allen - Book Tour

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A great new blog tour featuring a fantastic rising talent in speculative fiction awaits you,
celebrating John F. Allen’s The Best Is Yet to Come, an exciting new collection
featuring an array of stories in urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, horror and more!

Taking place January 13-20, 2020, the new blog tour features reviews, interviews, guest posts, videos, top tens, and more!

About the author: 
John F. Allen is an American writer born in Indianapolis, IN. 
He is a founding member of the Speculative Fiction Guild and a member the Indiana Writers Center. He began writing stories as early as the second grade and has pursued various forms of
writing throughout his career. John studied Liberal Arts at IUPUI with a focus
in Creative Writing and Literature, 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, and
he has had several novellas, short stories and articles published since. He is
also an avid reader, accomplished visual artist and Jazz music aficianado.

John currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Book Synopsis for The Best Is Yet To Come:   
Featuring ten stories collected for the first time ever, The Best Is Yet to Come,
presents nine years of creativity spun from the mind of John F. Allen. Action
and adventure are ever present in these stories, but be prepared for some
drama, horror, fantasy and science fiction as well.

This volume includes a holiday story, “An Ivory Christmas,” featuring Ivory Blaque, Allen’s bold
heroine from his acclaimed urban fantasy series The God Killers, and the center
of his literary universe, The Ivoryverse.

Also included are:

“Forest of Shadows” the debut of a fabled, ancient warrior named, Jaziri, Prince of Kimbogo Province.

You may want to think twice before venturing out into the dark woods of rural Indiana in “The Legend of Matchemonedo.”

A young, set assistant of a 50’s science fiction serial gets to embark on the journey of a lifetime in “The Adventures of Star Blazer.”

A young woman in late 1970’s Indianapolis, learns to be careful what you wish for in “HoodRatz.”

When a woman struggles to care for her ailing father, she discovers the truth behind her troubled past in “The Sweetest Autumn.”

Long ago, a noble samurai finds forbidden love with a beautiful, ebony skinned princess in “The African Princess.”

A mysterious, military operative is sent on a covert mission in Egypt, when he encounters an alien
monster bent on revenge in “Lazarus.”

Forty years ago, a young boy discovers that family means everything in “The Chocolate Malt.”

The Best is Yet to Come also features the special bonus short story, “Witch Way is Up.”

Explore the words of John F. Allen today!

Author Interview 
1.       What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
John: Life’s curveballs. I am very task oriented and attempt to manage my time in the most effective manner possible. However, there are times which life events and issues prove to be a great distraction. I usually re-prioritize my tasks and assign time to work on the various tasks/projects a little at a time until completion.

2.       If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?
John: Don’t be afraid of your own voice and the possibility of success. Very early in my career, I was afraid that my voice would be harshly criticized or completely ignored altogether. I spent precious time worrying over the perception others had of me, which stifled my creativity due to a lack of confidence and self-esteem. This led me to later be wary of success, because when it came, I was unsure how to handle it. I’d often ask myself, what happens next? Would I accomplish one goal (writing a novel, getting published, etc…) only to find myself unable to move forward to the next? This was wasted time; I could have spent writing and completing the next goal on my list.

3.       Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
John: Yes, I started writing stories as early as the 2nd grade and found that I had a great desire to create my own characters and stories.

4.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
John: It varies on the genre and intended length of the book (re: novel vs novella). Usually, a 55k-75k word novel takes 6-12 months. A 35k-55k novella, takes about 3-6 months. I also have to factor other writing projects into the mix such as: short stories, blog posts, reviews, etc..

5.       What is your most unusual writing quirk(s)?
John: I’m a pantser who NEVER outlines on paper and/or PC for any reason when writing fiction. I always write listening to music, the music genre depending on the subject matter/genre of the writing. I hate writing long hand! At a minimum, I have about a couple dozen premises for novels, novellas and short stories rolling around in my head at any given moment. And my best writing, and most well received work, is usually produced when I’m working on multiple projects, sometimes across genres.

6.       What is your favorite genre to read?
John: I don’t have one favorite genre to read, but here are my top five: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror and Espionage.

7.       What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
John: I’d like to live in the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I find it to be very engrossing, exciting and one I’d love to explore.

8.       How do you select the names of your characters?
John: I usually watch movie and TV show credits and use name or an amalgamation of names from those I see. I personally find the most intriguing and impactful names this way.

9.       If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
John: Driven, Determined and Dexterous (intellectually).

10.   Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
John: 1) I’m a comic book nerd/historian, 2) I’m a jazz/blues/r&b/old school pop music aficionado, 3) As well as being an author, I’m also an accomplished visual artist in the mediums of: graphite, acrylic painting, colored pencil and mixed media, 4) I love both DC/Marvel and Star Trek/Star Wars, 5)  My favorite color is blue, 6) My favorite foods are: chicken, pizza, fish, steak,  burgers, potatoes, broccoli, bacon, eggs and waffles/pancakes, 7) My favorite music is jazz, 8) My favorite number is five, 9) My favorite liquor is Cognac, 10) My top ten favorite musicians/bands: Grover Washington Jr., Anita Baker, Prince, Duran Duran, Marvin Gaye, Eric B & Rakim, Journey, Queen, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire.

11.   Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
John: Read…not just books on the craft and mechanics of writing, but books by authors within your genre. Always write…even if it’s just a review of a purchased product on Amazon or a grocery list, WRITE! Believe in yourself, find your voice and to quote the late, great Toni Morrison – “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”

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Tour Schedule and Activities

1/13     MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape       Author Interview

1/14     Jazzy Book Reviews           Author Interview

1/15     Sheila's Guests and Reviews        Guest Post

1/16     I Smell Sheep            Top Ten's List

1/17     Beauty in Ruins - She Leads he Reads    Guest Post

1/18     The Literary Underworld     Guest Post

1/19     The Seventh Star Blog                Guest Post

1/20     The Book Junkie Reads . . .     Author Interview

1/20     Willow's Thoughts and Book Obsessions            Review

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