Orangeberry Summer Splash Author Interview: Chicken Boy by Gregory G. Allen

Welcome to Author Gregory G. Allen

Gregory G. Allen is the award-winning author of Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero with Autism based on his godson as well as numerous children’s musical all produced all stage. The book won the People’s Choice Award in the MeeGenius Author Challenge and is a finalist in the Readers Favorite Awards in the preschool category (winners named September 1).

He is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has had short stories, poetry, articles and blogs published in anthologies and websites. A member of the Dramatist Guild, Allen has been in the entertainment business for over twenty years as an actor, director, writer, and producer having performed and toured for years in many children’s shows. He spent six years as the Artistic Director of a theater company and the past six years managing an arts center on a college campus. He is also the author of the adult books Patchwork of Me, Well With My Soul, and Proud Pants.

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Interview:
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I love time travel books and movies so I would have to go back in time. Check out those periods before technology over took our worlds (he says writing on a computer).

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Augusten Burroughs
Hilary Clinton
Barbra Streisand
Anderson Cooper
Anne Rice

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Potatoes – my favorite food
iPad – with a loaded kindle app
A bar a soap – I like to be clean, what can I say?

What is one book everyone should read?
If I wanted to stay in my children’s point of view…I would have to say SuperFudge by Judy Blume. I just loved that kid! 

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Over-Achiever Man

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Abraham Lincoln

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Cereal. And I’m not picky about the kind: just love the stuff!

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
This book is for children (and adults) to look twice before thinking someone is strange just because they are different.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
I have a few other adult novels I’m working on, but also marketing my children’s book right now.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I first wrote children’s plays for the stage. And I loved it. It was an extension for me of being a performer. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The fact that readers can reach you directly and let you know how your work made them feel or touched them. Nothing gets better than that.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
There are rules…and there are times to bend them. Stay true to who you are.

What is your favorite Quote?
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts. It’s the life in your years.” – Abe Lincoln

How did you know you should become an author?
I was a story teller as an actor, director, producer, stage writer … I knew I needed to get these stories out of my head and share them.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
At the risk of offending many female writers that I love – John Irving, Augusten Burroughs, Richard Matheson, Armistead Maupin, Tennessee Williams

Skittles or M&MS?
Chocolate all the way!!

Chicken Boy

“I have a superhero inside my head. I call him Chicken Boy” proclaims our hero. What others may see as odd “quirks”, a child living with autism explains as all a part of his being a superhero. Told in the first person perspective, Chicken Boy offers a small glimpse into the mind of one child who wants others to understand they shouldn’t fear someone simply because that person is a little different.

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