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An Interview with the Flying Allan Leverone

L. Vera: Allan Leverone, it’s a pleasure to have you here on my blog.

Allan Leverone: Hey, Luis, thanks for having me – I hope I don’t drive away all your readers…

L. Vera: Impossible. I hope.

Once again, I like to start off with a little off-beat question. So off the top of my head, since I know you’re an air traffic controller . . .  who’s worse Pilots or Airport Security?

Allan Leverone: Well, I don’t have to deal with airport security on a regular basis, but on the other hand, I’m not normally in danger of getting groped by pilots, so it’s probably a wash. And, while pilots can occasionally be difficult to work with, if it weren’t for them, I’d be out of a job, so I can’t complain too much about them. Plus, if they want to land at the airport they have to do what I say, so most of the time we get along fine.

L. Vera: Sounds like a fun job. Ever think of a story idea while telling pilots what to do?

Allan Leverone: Occasionally, although it’s kind of funny – I was having little to no success getting anyone to pay attention to my work back in 2007, when I attended Thrillerfest, in New York. I was pitching a novel to an agent and he was completely uninterested in the concept. To pass the time, he asked me what I did for work, and when I told him, he looked at me like I might just be the dumbest person he ever met. He asked why I hadn’t written an air traffic control thriller, and I had no good answer for him. A couple of months later I began work on the manuscript that eventually became FINAL VECTOR, and things have gotten better and better, writing-wise, ever since. I wish I could remember the agent’s name, because I would love to thank him!

By the way, I’m not saying I’m NOT the dumbest person that agent ever met, but I figure literary agents meet a lot of people in their line of work; what are the odds this one never met anyone dumber than me?

L. Vera: Low, I hope.

I’ve read “Dead Weight”, found in Burning Bridges, and wondered where the inspiration came from for such a story?

Allan Leverone: “Dead Weight” is a story with real relevence for me, because the major plot element is something I have personal experience with. I’m not a mob accountant in real life, so if you read the story, you can probably figure out which major plot point I’m talking about. While I didn’t handle the situation in the manner my main character does in “Dead Weight,” I can’t say the thought didn’t occur to me. But in the end, the story is about a parent giving up everything for his child, a subject most parents can relate to pretty easily.

L. Vera: Why Burning Bridges? Why did “Dead Weight” find it’s way with those lovely band of misfits?

Allan Leverone: I was really excited to have the opportunity to contribute a story to BURNING BRIDGES, not just because of the ideal it represents, but also because it was being edited by Heath Lowrance, a guy I have a tremendous amount of respect for. Everyone who contributed to the anthology was burned by a relationship with an unsavory upstart publisher a while back, and a few months ago, someone had the idea of striking back through an anthology. BURNING BRIDGES is the result, and while I admit I’m a little biased, I think the result is truly spectacular.

L. Vera: What should we expect from you in the future, besides fame and fortune?

Allan Leverone: Well, while I’m certainly not about to turn down fame OR fortune should they come knocking, my goal is always to concentrate on the things I can control. For a writer, as you know, that means continually working to improve, and putting out the highest quality work I can. There are so many outstanding writers generating so much outstanding material that it’s really easy to get lost in the shuffle, and there’s a very real element of chance involved in determining who gets noticed and who falls by the wayside.

That said, I have a lot of stuff coming up that I’m very excited about. I just released my third horror novella, THE BECOMING, about a twelve year old boy who accidentally unleashes a horrific force when he explores a long-abandoned coal mine in Pennsylvania. I regained the rights to my first thriller, FINAL VECTOR, from Medallion Press and will soon re-release it in ebook form. And I’m working hard on the sequel to my novel, PASKAGANKEE, which should be available in a couple of months, titled REVENANT.

I just keep writing and hope good things happen.

L. Vera: I’ve already read half of Burning Bridges and think it’s a must read for anyone who simply like good short stories. I think a gateway drug to many other crazy books, but I suggest you delve in and not look back. Also check out Allan at his blog and on Amazon.

Allan Leverone: I couldn’t agree more. Thanks very much for having me, Luis, and here’s to brisk sales a great reviews!

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3 responses

  1. Air traffic controller?! Wow, that sounds stressful. I don’t think I could do something with that many lives dependent upon me.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  2. Hi Kate! I’ve been doing it since I was 22, so most of the time it’s pretty routine. I’m going to be forced into retirement in less than 3 and a half years, so my goal is to be able to support myself and my family with my writing by then – translation, I’ll probably be welcoming you to Wal-Mart in about four years time…

    May 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  3. Nice interview. Allan is such an amazing talent. I’m very pleased he leads off BURNING BRIDGES.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

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