Zombie Q&A: Adrienne Lecter

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The third Serial Killer Z book, Shadows, came out a few days ago so I think it’s time for another interview. This time I’m talking to Adrienne Lecter, author of the Green Fields Series. Welcome, why don’t you start by introducing yourself… Hi, I’m Adrienne, and I love to write realistic, fast-paced, gory zombie horror books! I’m 34, I have a background in science that makes me freak out way more about what I write than any of my readers, and occasionally shoot guns at the range. Because who wouldn’t want to? Tell us about your book… My Green Fields series has been around for two years now across seven books (with a few more to come to pacify my mobs of blood-thirsty fans!). If you like your outbreak to come with a bit more of a scientific explanation, a world full of conspiracies, and a kickass female lead, you will love it! What inspired to write your zombie book/series? I had a biotech thriller that I couldn’t for the life of me come up with a sequel to. So I figured, why not escalate things and watch the world burn? Why do you write about zombies? Because they exist … Read More

Zombie Q&A: Sylvester Barzey

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It’s time for another interview with a zombie author. Today, I’m talking to Sylvester Barzey, author of the Planet Dead. Welcome, why don’t you start by telling us about your book… Planet Dead is my attempt to solve a problem I had with the horror genre. I love horror movies, books, tv shows and comics but as a person of color, I noticed there are very few horror related titles that surround people from different backgrounds. Most horror movies have a white female lead, who at times starts off weak and comes out strong. Which there is nothing wrong with that, but I wanted a strong female that wasn’t made strong by the horrors she saw, but by the life, she lived. I wanted a person of color so I could show the world people of color are just as strong as any other group. They can be heroes and villains, they can be complex in many ways. The horror genre leads you to believe that people of color can only die first or be the comic relief. Planet Dead is here to break down that old thought process and give people of color heroes they can relate to, all while … Read More

Zombie Q&A: R.J. Spears

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With Serial Killer Z on the shelves and The Walking Dead returning to screens this evening, it’s time for another interview with a zombie author (an author of zombie books that is, not a zombie that’s also author). Today, I’m talking to R.J. Spears, author of the Forget the Zombies series. Hi, tell us about yourself… My writing name is R.J. Spears. Google “Randy Spears,” but do it in safe company or alone and you’ll see why I went with R.J. Spears. I wanted to avoid any confusion, if you know what I mean. My trip to horror is a winding one. I was blessed with being introduced to Stephen King with his debut novel, Carrie, and that captivated me. I read a lot of horror and sci-fi in my teens and twenties. Some of it good and some not so good. I’ve always wanted to write. After first wanting to be a paleontologist as a very small child, the next thing I wanted to be was a writer. (Then a baseball player, but I sucked at that.) In high school, I wrote short stories, but most of those were science fiction. Then I got diverted into film making and my fiction … Read More

Zombie Q&A: LC Champlin

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To celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I’ve got a bit of a zombie theme going on for this month and I’ve lined up a series of interviews with a few zombie authors. Today, I’m talking to LC Champlin, author of the first book in the Wolves of the Apocalypse series, Behold Darkness. Hi, tell us about yourself… I started writing when I was old enough to hold a crayon. I’m just as excited about my stories now as back then, but I use multi-syllable words and a word processor now. I write fiction because the characters in my head have too much attitude to stay in my skull, I want to see the world through different eyes, and I need to live life through different souls. My stories are dark and snarky with plenty of action. But don’t think you’re in for a mental junk-food read. The characters force you to answer difficult questions as they negotiate the zompocalypse. Tell us about your book… On a trip to San Francisco, New York businessman Nathan Serebus and his attorney Albin Conrad match wits with the mastermind of a multi-target terrorist attack who unleashes a plague that turns people into mindless cannibals. … Read More

Zombie Q&A: Grivante

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To celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I’ve got a bit of a zombie theme going on for this month and I’ve lined up a series of interviews with a few zombie authors. Today, I’m talking to Grivante, author of The Zee Brothers series. Hi Grivante, tell us about your zombie book… My series is The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators, two brothers trying to keep the zombie apocalypse at bay, one job at a time. Get book 1 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013Z3K06W/ or the new boxed set including books 1 & 2 and a bonus story at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZVXY5X/ Why do you write about zombies? I’ve loved them since I was a kid and got hooked on the original Dawn of the Dead movie and the Deadworld series of comic books. What would be the most deadly non-human zombie? This could go one of two ways. Something big and powerful like a Zombear or minuscule like Zom-Ants or other tiny insect. We wouldn’t be able to stay away from them and would have to leave the planet in sterile spaceships to escape them. What’s your favourite zombie videogame? Resident Evil 4 and pretty much any COD Zombies game. Do you prefer fast … Read More

Zombie Q&A: Arthur Mongelli

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To celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I’ve got a bit of a zombie theme going on for this month and I’ve lined up a series of interviews with a few zombie authors. First up is Arthur Mongelli, author of Harvest of Ruin.   Hi, please introduce yourself and your writing… Hi everyone! I’m Arthur Mongelli, author of Harvest of Ruin and the sequel, Harvest of Ruin: The Dead of Winter Tell us about your zombie series… Harvest follows a broad array of survivors as they navigate and struggle to stay alive. The bacterial infection that causes reanimation is as a result of industrial food production and strikes everywhere that receives shipments of frozen meat. The causes are of little consequence to the story, however, as the survivors find themselves in daily struggles to stay alive, keep their loved ones, and in Donner, their community alive. Why do you write about zombies? My obsession with the genre started at a young age. For me, the desire to write about them stemmed from my frustration with a lack of realism in the genre, as well as the story in my head. I also think there is a certain romance in … Read More

The Jurassic Chronicles Q&A: Terry Maggert

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My short story, Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror, has just been published in the new Future Chronicles anthology – The Jurassic Chronicles. (Currently on sale for just 99c!) To celebrate the launch, I’m running a few interviews here on the site. Today, I’m talking to Terry Maggert about Noble Savage. What attracted you to the Jurassic Chronicles project? Other than the quality of Samuel’s work? It was a chance to play– without rules– and use dinosaurs with no limits. That’s too tempting. I was in. What was the inspiration for your story? Naturally, I had a teacher who inspired fear and terror in even doses. This was the fourth grade, and when combined with a love of dinosaurs, it seemed like a logical conclusion to marry time travel, dinosaurs, a matriarchal revolution, and school into one narrative. In other news, I don’t sleep much and this seemed quite a good idea at the time. I’ll let the readers decide. Where do you stand on the whole “dinosaurs had feathers” issue? They did. We have the evidence, the feathers are real, and I for one am thrilled. The vibrancy of those animals must have been something akin to magical. What are you … Read More

The Jurassic Chronicles Q&A: Harry Manners

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My short story, Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror, has just been published in the new Future Chronicles anthology – The Jurassic Chronicles. (Currently on sale for just 99c!) To celebrate the launch, I’m running a few interviews here on the site. Today, I’m talking to Harry Manners about Szcar’s Trial. What was the inspiration for your story? It came from two things. First, whenever I’ve ever had a spacey late-night conversation about alien civilisation, UFOs any whether on day Earth will be visited, my immediate thought is if it’s possible, it probably already happened. Humans in their modern form have existed a mere hundred-thousand-years (with hominids tracing back a few million years). Set that against over half a billion years for which complex life has existed on the land and oceans, an unimaginable stretch of time–a thousand times longer than the time apes have walked on two legs! What if aliens did come to check out Earth and sweep it for intelligence? What if what they found was a primordial planet full of monsters? The second source of inspiration is totally different. It comes from a Top Trumps card. The dinosaur version. It had a funky “evolved” humanoid card somewhere in … Read More

The Jurassic Chronicles Q&A: Emily Mah

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My short story, Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror, has just been published in the new Future Chronicles anthology – The Jurassic Chronicles. (Currently on sale for just 99c!) To celebrate the launch, I’m running a few interviews here on the site. Today, I’m talking to Emily Mah about Cryptoscience. What attracted you to the Jurassic Chronicles project? I love a good theme anthology, and Samuel Peralta’s been doing some of the very best lately. I also began my writing career in science fiction, but then ended up with a romance career, which pays the bills. I really wanted to come home to the genre, though, and this was a great opportunity. Where do you stand on the whole “dinosaurs had feathers” issue? As I understand it, feathers and scales are structurally very similar. The main difference is the size (I could be completely wrong, there). So it makes sense to me, perhaps according to false information, that they might have feathers. I skirted the issue by not having a dinosaur in my story, but rather a different branch on that family tree, which did have feathers. What’s the setting for your story? Middle America, because I think that served as a … Read More

UnCommon Minds Q&A: Elizabeth S. Wolf

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My new story, Sitala, has just been published in the UnCommon Minds anthology. To celebrate, I’ve been interviewing some of the authors about their stories. For the last interview, I’m talking to Elizabeth S. Wolf about Lost and Found. What was the inspiration for the uncommon mind in your story? Sounds trite but the opening image really did come to me in a dream. Then when I started to write it down, the voice of the young woman emerged. I often just keep the pen moving. You never know what might come out… What uncommon mind would you like to meet and why? I’d like to meet Rachel Carson. I recently learned that someone I knew long long ago actually supplied some of the research and references for Silent Spring. I also read Rachel’s book Sense of Wonder when I had a young child. It reminded me to slow down and really explore the world of our own backyard. Are there any authors that influenced your story or your writing in general? Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones. It’s the best book on writing I’ve come across. Shutting down the internal editor and just letting the words flow works for me. Shaping … Read More