Don Allmon

Tell us about your recent Riptide release. What was the inspiration behind it?

I always felt it was slightly criminal that I didn't include a car chase in The Glamour Thieves (Book 1 of the Blue Unicorn series), so book two in the series had to make up for that in spades. I'd already written about a car and a truck, so obviously this time it had to be a motorcycle. And a friend had suggested an evil cyborg as the villain, so from there it was an easy leap to Terminator 2 meets Fury Road: Apocalypse Alley.

What can readers expect when they read a story from you? What would you like potential readers to know about you and your books?

I write the action adventure stories with lots of gay sex that I wish had been available when I was a kid: intense fight scenes, dirty sex scenes, and angst tempered by silliness. Read my books if you want something escapist and fun.

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while writing your latest release?

About a third of the way through writing a book, I invariably panic. I realize I have no idea what I'm doing. I've completely forgotten how to write. I'm not even sure I remember what a novel is. It's always surprising to emerge from that stage and look back and see what I've accomplished.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I'm a miserably slow writer. It took me three years to finish a (still unpublished) full length manuscript. Apocalypse Alley, which is pretty short, took almost a year and half if you count the false starts (and there were many).

Describe your workspace.

If I write at home I'm distracted by my dog and video games, so I do most of my writing at bars. So my workspace is a high-top table, my laptop, a glass of water, and a pint of Boulevard Wheat.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to cure it?

For me writer's block is a combination of doubt and procrastination, each feeding the other. I am in a constant state of writer's block. There's no cure for it except to force myself to put words on the page.

What can readers expect from you in the future?

Book 3 of the Blue Unicorn series is out this Summer. It's the end of the trilogy and JT & Austin finally get their HEA. After that, I'm not sure. I've been toying with a more traditional epic fantasy, but we'll see.

Do you have a favorite quote?

I'm too cynical to appreciate motivational posters. But my favorite quote from a work of fiction is the final few lines of James Joyce's Ulysses. "...I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes."

In his night job, Don Allmon writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. In his day job, he’s an IT drone. He holds a master of arts in English literature from the University of Kansas and wrote his thesis on the influence of royal hunting culture on medieval werewolf stories. He’s a fan of role-playing games, both video and tabletop. He has lived all over from New York to San Francisco, but currently lives on the prairies of Kansas with many animals.

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