PDB: Can you pitch MR. MIDNIGHT in 25 words or less?
I don’t know, let’s find out. A young woman, plagued by mysterious visions, finds herself in a life-and-death struggle with a brutal killer when she attempts to learn her family history.
Yes I can, if you accept “life-and-death” as one word…
PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
For books, I have two: CORROSION, by Jon Bassoff, is the best thing I’ve read this year. It’s disturbing and gripping, written with desperation and anguish. It brought to mind (at least to me) Tom Piccirilli’s EVERY SHALLOW CUT.
For television shows: Homeland. It’s impeccably written, consistently coming up with twists I don’t see coming. As a bonus, Claire Danes is brilliant as the tormented CIA case officer Carrie Matheson. For my money, TV doesn’t get any better.
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
Absolutely. I’ve read a hell of a lot more words than I’ve written in my life, and that will be the case if I write ten books a year until the day I die. I admire brilliant writing more than I can say, because I’m well aware of how hard it is to accomplish.
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
I definitely have an interest in it; I’m interested in all aspects of writing. But I doubt I would be very good at it. All of the above examples require collaboration, something I’ve never really done and doubt I would be very good at. When I’m writing, I don’t think I would play well with others.
PDB: How much research goes into each book?
Enough to add authenticity to what I’m writing. I don’t really enjoy research, I would much rather be writing than researching. So my goal is not to become an expert on multiple subjects, my goal is simply to provide enough realism that the reader is not pulled out of the story because of some inaccuracy in the text.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
The hardest thing for any writer to do is carve out an audience for his or her work. Social media makes that goal a little easier to accomplish, so in that sense, it’s fantastic. As a writer, though, it’s important to handle social media properly, or else it can backfire. I try to use it mostly to interact with readers and other writers, rather than to constantly push my work.
PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?
Thanks for asking! My second Tracie Tanner thriller is titled ALL ENEMIES, and is going through editing right now. It will be available in early 2014, and I’m very excited about it. After that I’ll probably switch gears and work on Book Four of my Paskagankee series of supernatural suspense novels, set in a tiny town in northern Maine. The goal there would be a spring or early summer release.
After that, I’m not sure. All I know is I’ll be writing something…
Bio:Allan Leverone is a 2012 Derringer Award winner and the author of seven novels, including the Amazon Top 25 overall paid bestselling thriller, THE LONELY MILE. He lives in Londonderry, NH with his family and a rapidly growing mountain of bills. Connect on Facebook, Twitter @AllanLeverone, and at www.allanleverone.com.