A. Robert Allen

Failed Moments

Failed Moments - A. Robert Allen

We all suffer from those "what if" moments. But in Failed Moments, A. Robert Allen forces his readers to really stop and think about the decisions and choices that they've made throughout their lives. 

I really appreciated the idea behind this book. The main character finds himself forced to relive and study some of the most difficult decisions he's made throughout the course of his existence. This is difficult for us to do in reality for just one life, but imagine having to relive the mistakes you've made throughout multiple realities and lifetimes! I feel my blood pressure rising just thinking about it. . .

This book is well written and contains an overall interesting concept that makes you question your own choices in life. I think it's important for everyone to realize that the choices we make in life don't always just affect us. They can change the lives of those around us as well. That's a very important message that many people seem to forget. 

I recommend this book, especially if you love historical fiction. 

Some Bio Information

A. Robert Allen is a longtime New York City college administrator with a lifelong passion for writing. When he traced his family tree back hundreds of years and uncovered roots that were white, black, Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish, the seed of a story began to grow. Failed Moments is a fictional account of the exploits of his ancestors during racially charged periods in the past.

Find out more about the author and his works at his website: http://arobertallen.com


1.    What inspired you to write this book?

I spent a year researching my family history and I discovered many unexpected things, the most important of which was my mixed ethnicity.  When I learned that my family was in the French colony of St. Domingue right before the slave revolution and NYC during the draft riots, I became fascinated by these places during those periods.  Then my imagination took over!
2.    Was there a point in your life that made you want to become an author?

I’ve always wanted to write and dabbled in it from time to time, but my desire increased over the last few years during my genealogy research.
3.    Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

A glass of Scotch and a terrace with a view always provides excellent inspiration.  I’m actually very much like a few of the characters in my book.
4.    How would you describe your writing style?

This is a hard one for me to answer, but I would like to think that my style is clean and simple ---I try not to let it get in the way of the story.
 5.    When is your favorite time to write? 

I like to write at night and research in the morning.
6.    What do you do to get into the writing mood?

I refer you back to my writing process…a good Scotch and a terrace does the trick!
7.    What’s your ultimate writing goal?

To achieve the kind of success that will enable me to spend less time marketing and more time creating.