Happy Saturday! It is my pleasure to welcome author JPC Allen to the Inspired Prompt. Allen has taken part in a new anthology by the Buckeye Christian Fiction Authors.
Good morning, JPC.
Do you have any interesting writing rituals?
JPC: I have to write all first drafts and any major revisions in longhand. I can easily make minor changes on a computer. But trying to write straight out of my imagination onto a stark white, digital page somehow squashes my creativity. The computer acts like a barrier, as if I was sculpting with oven mitts.
What is the book about?
JPC: From the Lake to the River is an anthology of nine stories all set in Ohio. My short story “Debt to Pay” concerns a teenager and his older brother who live in Wayne National Forest. While out cutting wood, they stumble across a dying millionaire, who claims his private plane was rigged to crash. Do the brothers seek justice or cash in?
What is your favorite part of the book?
JPC: Since it’s a short story, I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. But I like that this story fits in the crime fiction subgenre “country noir”, combining a rural setting with elements from classic film noir.
Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?
JPC: I wouldn’t call it a message. More like a concept for readers to consider. As I wrote my story, I was struck by the paradox that often the people we owe the most are ones who least expect, or even want, to be repaid.
Where can readers find you online?
JPC: I offer writing tips and inspiration to beginning writers on my website “JPCAllenWrites” and on my Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram.
From the Lake to the River: Buckeye Christion Fiction Authors 2018 Anthology
Whether you like romance, young adult, women’s fiction, a touch of mystery or danger, some humor, some holiday cheer, or a second chance at love, set in Ohio’s colorful history or the present – there’s something for nearly everyone in this collection.
JPC Allen began her writing career in second grade with a homage to Scooby Doo. She is a 2016 semi-finalist for her YA crime novel The Truth and Other Strangers in the ACFW’s Genesis contest. A former children’s librarian, she loves to introduce tweens and teens to the adventure of writing through her workshops. She is also a lifelong Buckeye with deep roots in the Mountain State. “Debt to Pay” is her first published short story.