Featured Interview With Allen Grove
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Hello! My name is Allen Grove. I write adventure fiction novels with sport and nature both heavy influences. I also write short stories that I plan to publish in the upcoming future. Currently, I live in South Florida, although I try to travel as much as I can. When I’m not writing, I’m fishing, hiking, or exercising. But at the end of each day, you can find me reading a good book with a cold beer.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always had a fascination with books. I remember the three things that got me excited as a kid, playing baseball, fishing, and reading a good book. In the fourth grade, there was a writing competition. The best ten stories out of all the fourth graders got a hardcover copy made for their story with a book cover and all. I was one of those lucky ten students, and when I grasped that hardcover of my own work in my hands, I was hooked.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I’m old fashioned when it comes to what books I like and the authors I look up to. The two authors that come to mind are Jack London and Ernest Hemingway. It’s hard to say what genre is my favorite. I’ve always loved adventure fiction, but then again there are great mysteries out there, and some of my favorite books are considered literary fiction. As for who inspires me, I would say each and every person I come into contact with. People are fascinating, and one conversation, one phrase, one word even can spark an idea that blossoms into an epic journey.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Heart Like a Bear is my debut novel. I worked hard on it for just over a year. The story begins in a small town about an hour inland from the coast of Oregon in the early 1970s. The main character, Casey Copperham, recently returned home from Vietnam, in which he experienced first hand how brutal war can be. Instead of finding help with his issues after returning home, he finds comfort in prescription pills and drinking. He loves his wife and newborn son, but he can’t help himself. He needs to get high. Through a coworker Casey lands a job that pays ten times more money than what he currently made. Only it’s not a job in a nice office, it’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: Alaskan King Crab fishing. Boats sank all the time from twenty foot, ice cold waves barrelling into the cabin. All in search of what might as well have been gold at the time, King Crab. There were no limits to how much you could catch, and men of all kinds were getting rich quick. With that kind of money, came drugs, booze, and prostitutes. Being so close to Alaska, the Russian mob were the ones supplying most of those drugs, booze, and prostitutes. Casey finds himself working closely with the mob while fighting for his life at sea in search of more than just money.
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