Allen Filson was born in York, Pennsylvania but has lived in 9 different states, and several different countries. A graduate of Elizabethtown College, and a Sergeant in the U.S. Marines, Allen has received awards for academic excellence and has also been praised by several U.S. Marine Corps commanders during his time leading men in the Marines. His first book, “Belief-In-Self,” was 5 star rated by Readers Choice, multiple other authors, and book publishers in the UK. Allen has a very unique writing style, where he speaks to the reader as if you are having a conversation, not reading a book. Allen’s decades of leadership experience has been shared in his books. Written for those just starting out in their career as well as those looking to achieve more, they can, and do help people change their lives. Allen has a passion for people, and in helping others, his books are written from a perspective of serving others. As a Christian author Allen speaks to your heart as he writes, which is a very unique gift as a writer. His books are life changing for many who read them.
What inspires you to write?
Life. I have seen so much by traveling the world we live in, listening to the stories of others, and being inspired by what people can accomplish when they refuse to let things stand in their way. I write to hopefully help others build a belief in themselves they may never have had.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do not outline. Actually I consider the title of the book first, then I write a few paragraphs and maybe a chapter. I then think about that chapter and where I want to go from there. Next I write another chapter. I really have no idea what the next chapter will be about until I finish the last one. It is common though for me to go back and reorder chapters or insert a chapter before the book is finished. I found that my process is pretty unique for a non-fiction writer. Most have it all planned out, I do not.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am a non-fiction writer, so this does not really apply to me. I would say though that when I am writing my own story into books, it takes a toll on me. I relive the events that unfold in the book, and it is sometimes very emotional to do so. If I want to convey that emotion, it is something I must go through though for the benefit of the reader.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Maxwell, Criag Groeschel, Simon Sinek, Marshall Goldsmith. I love to learn as I read. I enjoy books that make me think and help me become better as a person or as a leader.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like the freedom self publishing gives me. I was approached by a publisher but decided to continue to publish independently. I enjoy what I do, I love writing, and I don't want that to change. I think if it were to become a business my style may change, and I do not want that. I am willing to have a smaller audience and stay true to my style, over a larger audience and pressure to write something I may not fully believe in.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is very good. This is a growth industry and with the self-publishing aspect now available to people who want to write, I think we will see many new authors entering the market.
What genres do you write?
non-fiction, christian, motivational, inspirational, business, leadership, management
What formats are your books in?
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