Saturday, August 13, 2011

Interview with J.C. Allen

What is M.O.D. about?  A computer hacker from the '80s who’s been saving up his piracy proceeds for three decades, plans to take the government back in the name of the people and the constitution.

Where did you get the idea for your book?  Current events and rising distrust of our government led me to start thinking of ways to take back this country.  I had remembered a long friendship with a hacker I met over 30 years ago and lost touch with over a dozen years later, and the conversations we had about this very thing.  He was the basis for the title character in this book and the inspiration for the vast majority of the subject matter.  He was a person who made you really think about things and approach them from different angles - such was his business.

How did you come up with the title?  The person this character was based on was a high-ranking member of a hacker group called M.O.D. in the '80s.  This stood for "Masters of Destruction."  They were busted then and he evaded capture, reforming the group that lasted into the '90s called "Masters of Deception," which was busted again.  He again eluded the authorities and still, as far as I know, rules the Internet.  I lost contact with him after that second bust, but only after he announced that he was still alive and kicking and would never be caught.

Who designed the cover?  My mother, who I previously thought had no artistic abilities.  Perhaps she was unaware as well?

Do you have to travel a lot for your books?  No, only in my mind.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?  In 2007; I was 38 years old at the time.

If your book was a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters?  I hadn't really thought about it, but I could envision Zoe Saldana as Sheelia Tanner and a young Val Kilmer as Scott Carver.  For Eric, someone like Tim Allen.

Do you plan on writing sequels?  Yes, I have a plan for one sequel, but I'm currently working on a YA sci-fi trilogy and a YA fantasy series that's currently on the fifth book, as well as the fourth of a vicious thriller series.

How long did it take you to complete M.O.D?  Less than two weeks to write, two years to edit and publish.

What is your favorite book?  I have so many favorites, perhaps the most favorite would be The Davinci Code, Pillars of the Earth, and The Devil's Code.

His Website:

Social Media Sites:  No Facebook pages yet, but there is a video book trailer on YouTube:

Links to where his book is available:

 Amazon (e-book and paperback):

Nook (e-book):

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  1. Thanks so much for the interview, Spencer! It's great. You did a really good job with the questions.