Guest Author J. Gavin Allan … talks love and counter Intel

I’m thrilled to have author J. Gavin Allan as my guest today. Not only is he a new author, but he’s my critiquing partner! So, I’m doubly honored.

Oh, and check out his bio. It reads like a novel! 🙂

J Gavin Allan’s tales profess one agenda. Love is the most powerful force in the universe.

Homebound as a child due to illness, loneliness liberated imagination. Poe’s influence can be felt in his work. Trained as a Counter-Intelligent Agent by the US Army, J Gavin used his unusual mind’s eye developing strategies protecting Americans abroad. The only non-Vietnam Veteran in his airborne unit, he memorized accounts of special operations in Southeast Asia. Coupled with interviews of North Vietnamese veterans and Bru Montagnards his expertise increased.

While in Asia, J Gavin developed valuable friendships. A submitted screenplay in China, and a Vietnam War novel thought too controversial for publication showed his versatility.

A retired New York City teacher, J Gavin instructs language at the University level. The author writes in all genres, always with a besieged romance battling to survive. Membership in RWA and NJRW sharpened the sometimes-disturbing imagery in his work. An active member in veterans’ organizations, J Gavin still finds time to relax on the rifle range.

NR: Jaye thanks for stopping by and hanging out on my blog. Just move the balloons to the side and have a seat. As you probably guessed from all the decorations, it’s my 100th post and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to invite my critiquing partner and new author over for a chat. So, talk to me. 🙂 When and how did you discover your love for writing?

JGA: It became an escape as a child. I spent two years understanding what it meant to be isolated.

NR: And what about your work? What drives your stories?

JGA: My work concentrates on one agenda. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. It is greater than any person or belief.

NR: I know you’ve been writing for a long time, more than 16 years, right? How did you persevere?

JGA: Membership in NJRW…plain and simple…

NR: I’ve blogged about New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW), and the benefits of belonging to a writer’s group or organization. NJRW is definitely an organization that supports and cheers on its members. Shout out to all NJRW members!

NR: Okay, I digress, again. Jaye, you recently secured a literary agent, which is a big moment in many an aspiring writer’s life. What was your initial reaction when you received “the call?”

JGA: The call from Nicole R. of the Seymour Agency led to a professional conversation. We talked strategies of marketing. All the while I was pinching myself and waiting to wake up.

NR: I bet. So, tell us about your upcoming book, “Family of Heroes”, which is a historical work set in war-torn Burma. Also, are there any takeaways you want readers to experience after they’d read it.

JGA: “Heroes” is the best example for putting forth my “agenda.” I realize many life-styles will embrace or detest the book when told of the plot, but it is not something to dispute their beliefs. It is to show…love for someone is greater that national, economic, religious, political, and racial differences…and…differences in sexual orientation. If you need love or to be loved…does it matter?

NR: I have to say, that because I’m your critiquing partner I was honored to see it from beginning to end. It’s the type of book that leaves you emotionally spent. You feel drained, but at the same time satisfied for having read it. So, are there any new projects on the horizon?

JGA: Next project is the sequel to “Heroes…The story of Bo Bo” and finishing a graphic and psychological war drama about the Vietnam War…”The Last Lieutenant”…There is romance in all my work.

NR: Writing is tough. It takes patience and dedication. What advice would you offer to aspiring writers or writers in general?

JGA: You must write and then write some more. When you do not feel like writing or feel empty of ideas…watch people and imagine them in a story. Plus…listen to all critiques…do not be a snob about where they come from. Even members of the Great Unwashed, as myself, might see something you need to include or delete.

NR: So true. Jaye, I can’t thank you enough for stopping by, especially on my 100th post. J Gavin Allan is an amazing writer, not because he’s my critiquing partner, but because it’s true! Visit his website and get hooked.


9 thoughts on “Guest Author J. Gavin Allan … talks love and counter Intel

  1. Thank you for offering little windows with which to see writers in the midst of their achievements. I’ll be visiting J. Gavin Allan’s site.

  2. Jaye Marie Rome says:

    Having also read A Family of Heroes, I can vouch for its brilliance and impact! Jaye has a unique voice, and a voice that reaches deep into the soul. I, also, feel honored to have read his manuscript. \

    Congrats on your 100th post, Nett! We’ll raise a glass next week!


  3. jgavinallan says:

    Nett…thank you for the opportunity to “spill my guts.” I left out that Family of Heroes takes place in 1592 Burma…where anything could and did happen. I should have added that if not for the inspiration of you and the “other Jaye” I might have given in to thoughts of surrender.
    Two days before Nicole R. called me, I spoke to you about another rejection. You did everything but slap me through the phone due to my wanting to stop writing for awhile.
    Beside NJRW another group that helped me get where I am is the Monmouth County Writers’ Group centered in Manalapan and Marlboro.
    Thanks again…

    • nettrobbens says:

      Anytime Jaye, that’s what critiquing partners do! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your gift with the rest of us.

  4. Arthur Frank says:

    I knew J Gavin Allan in another incarnation a long time ago in a place not so far away. At the time he was writing shootemups set in Staten Island, in and around the NYC dumps. He has progressed a long way since that time.His change in genre and advancement in the craft should be an inspiration to everybody.

    Kudos to J. Gavin Allan. May he hit the NYT best sellers list, but hopefully never the Pulitzer, because Pappa Hemingway swore that the Pulitzer was a curse. maybe he was right. It looks like J. Gavin has been busy. Maybe he will find time to give me a free lance review on RAGNAR the Conqueror, which is slated for release whenever the infrenal cover is done. Maybe he can send me an ARC on Family of Heros.

    Arthur Frank , Holmdel NJ
    author of EINAR, Prince of Thieves
    The Author’s Manual
    wherever e-books are sold.
    soon to be released
    RAGNAR the Conqueror
    No Good Deed

    • nettrobbens says:

      Wow, two authors in one day! Arthur, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing thoughts about J. Gavin’s beginnings. Much success on your current book, and all your books that follow!


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