Friday
Oct052012

Happy One Year Anniversary The Raised!

I can't believe it's been a year since the publication of The Raised! It has been an amazing ride! I remember the excitement I felt watching sales take off and keep going. There have been bumps and twists and turns all along the way but sharing my work with all of you has been the greatest experience of my life. Even those who don't like my writing have offered suggestions and thoughts and I've appreciated them all. Thank you to all of you and I hope I continue to bring you thought provoking words to read and you laugh, you cry, you think and you smile, you love and you hate. I hope I can bring you all the joys of reading that are the same as the joy I feel in writing.

Thursday
Sep202012

Kindle eBook of the Day

I was honored to have Snap selected as a Kindle eBook of the Day!

 

http://indieauthorjourney.blogspot.com/2012/08/kindle-ebook-of-day-snap-by-allen-renfro.html

Wednesday
Aug082012

Review of Bobby's Boy by Mark Wilson

 

Bobby's Boy is an exceptional character driven story.  One of the first thoughts of describing this novel as I read it was that through each page I felt a quiet about it. Sort of like the quiet in the woods when snow is falling. It is a story of a life that anyone of us could have and Wilson tells it with such an easy, almost biographical, manner that you don't realize how wrapped up in the story you are until you are at the end and wanting more.  It was the "quiet" of this novel, the normality of the characters that make this novel work. As in real life it is the twists that we don't see coming that make this story compelling and sometimes heartbreaking.

I must confess some of the Scottish dialect had me running to Google to make sure I understood clearly what the characters sometimes were saying. But make no mistake, instead of this being a distraction it only gave the characters more depth and made me more interested. Tommy's career may be boring to some readers and the detail that Wilson goes into could be a distraction to some, but for me Tommy is a character that truly loves what he is doing and that joy is reflected in a flourishing life that I increasingly grew jealous of and then grew thankful that it wasn't me.

I could not post a review of this novel without mentioning the character of Uncle Alec, a hard edged, tough talking man. I found myself totally in love with him and the honesty that he maintained throughout the story. Through the toughness Wilson gives you a glimpse of the love this character has for family, friends and loving life in general and you realize there is a gentle man underneath who only wishes happiness for those he loves.

The more I read the more I fell in love with this novel, a novel of characters we all know in a world in which life is the unknown. I will definitely be reading this novel again. Job well done.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Bobby%27s+Boy+Mark+Wilson

 

 

Wednesday
Jul182012

Interview with Brandon Shire

I was honored to have the opportunity to talk with Brandon about my novel Snap. It is always a pleasure to speak with a fellow author and discuss what inspires us, what affects us and what motivates us to write. We both are opinionated and unabashed.  I think the interview shows that.  Here's the link:

 

http://brandonshire.com/author-interview-with-allen-renfro/

Sunday
Jun102012

Should fiction be believable?

I had the pleasure of watching the movie Prometheus Saturday. I love movies, novels, paintings, songs that challenge my beliefs or make me reconsider my opinions. I love any form of art that pushes the boundaries of thinking and conventional wisdom.

Leaving the theatre it struck me how differently an audience will consider a movie or novel when offering an opinion. Fans of science fiction, for example, accept that a subject in itself is fiction but they are very opinionated if the story does not follow scientific norms.  If a character has the ability to fly there has to be a reason the character has the power to do so. If characters are on an alien planet there has to be an explanation for having a breathable atmosphere. For fans of supernatural or paranormal fiction, there are characteristics of the types of monsters, ghosts, zombies that are accepted and if the writer attempts to stretch or alter those characteristics the change has to be explained or at least understandable to the discernable reader. One can't just sit down and write a zombie story that doesn't follow the nature of zombies unless the characteristical changes are at minimum defined. For the "zombies" of The Raised the search for the truth is part of the story therefore allowing me to bring my readers along for the ride as the mystery is unraveled. 

I could describe every genre of fiction and we would accept there are parameters in each, a Bible if you will, that we as writers abide by.  For me as a writer of dark fiction I have made my first goal that my fiction be "believable" though in dwelling on the subject I wonder myself how I made the decision. Fiction is like freedom, boundless and expanding, and I should not restrict myself to what is "believable" if I wish to tell a story that could be conceived beyond the believable. As a writer I want my fiction to be believable even though I love that my readers have established their own opinions of my work and I would never want to influence their opinions especially if their interpretation of my work makes them love it.

But perhaps the word believable is not the correct word to use. Perhaps it is a requirement that the story simply makes sense, that the reader moves from beginning to end and appreciates the journey? So in asking the question "should fiction be believable?" I need to simply tell myself that fiction only has to be enjoyable. In the constructs of fiction, all things are believable.

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