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Interview with Shaun Allan, author of Sin


Tell us about Sin.
Sin is a paranormal thriller following a man who just wants to be an ordinary guy, but isn’t.  People die around him.

He does everything he can think of to stop this happening, and, in the end, a failed suicide attempt sees him on the run, as his ‘talent’ and the threat to and from him, grows.

What genre is it?
It’s been called many things – horror, paranormal thriller, psychological thriller and more.  I just think it’s… weird.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Those with a sense of humour, for a start – Sin tackles it all with a tongue in cheek sense of dark humour.  It’s his only defence.  People have to love how they can be reading about something bad, then it’s turned on its head with a joke.

Complete this sentence for us: If you like ___________, you’ll love Sin.
Dean Koontz or Stephen King.  Sin has been compared to both of these.  And, actually, Hitchcock!

Sin is has quite a fantastic premise. Did it come to you in a flash of inspiration or through the long and tortured process of figuring out what works?
It came to me as I was writing it.  The story could quite easily end up as a children’s book.  I had no idea what it was going to be about until it got there!  It started as just a short story, which, when he wouldn’t shut up, became the prologue.  I found out what was going to happen as it did.

Lead character Sin has his own blog. Why, and what’s in it?
Sin is a big part of me, and I of him (however sinister that might sound).  He likes to be heard.  Plus, he spends time in an asylum, but it’s not talked about in a great deal of detail.  The blog, written from his point of view is, sort of, his diary from within there.

He even has his own Twitter account! (@SinNotSinful)

How does the author of Sin also write something as different as (children’s book) Zits ‘n’ Bits?
I write what’s in my head at the time.  Last November, I sat down to write some of the sequel and, after 1,000 words, realised I was writing a story about how Rudolph saved Christmas.    Even in my children’s books, there’s a lot of humour and oddity.  Poems like My Cat (the Vampire) for example!

Writing a book is never easy, but other than that, what has been the toughest part – editing or marketing?
Marketing, definitely.  In many cases it’s a bigger job than writing the book – and Sin took me ten years!  It can take over your life and you have you remind yourself you’re a writer first!

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been writing since I was very young.  I can’t help it – it’s a compulsion.  One of the good things about Sin’s blog is I can write, more or less, about any subject.  It’s practice and therapy!

I appeared, about fifteen years ago, on Sky TV to debate electronic publishing as opposed to traditional (I was the voice of electronic publishing and had the last word!).  I have SUCH a busy life, with work and my family, writing can sometimes take a back seat, but it’s always there, my muse mumbling away in the back of my head…

Have you got a website where readers can keep up with your work?
My website is
Sin’s blog is at
My Facebook page is

Where can we buy Sin?
Autographed print copies are available from my website.  Otherwise it’s available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and lots more places online, in print and ebook.

What’s next?
I’ve just released my new book, Dark Places.  It’s a collection of 13 stories and 13 poems, all with a dark theme.  It includes the story of Joy, Sin’s (dead) sister…

Now that’s done, I have Sin’s sequel to write and a children’s book to finish.  Oh, and a children’s story.  And I just finished a flash fiction zombie story.  And…

It’s hard to say.  I don’t choose what to write.  It tells me as I go along!

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