Tag, I'm It

Tag, I’m it.

I’ve agreed to participate in a massive blog pyramid scheme of cross-promotional fun where I answer a set of questions about my newest work and then “tag” several other authors to do the same, creating an expanding network of linked blog pages.

I was tagged by W.D. Gagliani, author of Wolf’s Edge, the fourth book in a terrific werewolf series.

Now that I am “it,” I'm obligated to answer the following questions about my latest project. So here goes.

What is your working title of your book?

How I Started the Apocalypse, Book Two: The Hunger War (second book of a three-book series)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to do something different in the zombie genre and came up with a scenario where the zombie is sympathetic and self-aware, struggling with his affliction like an addict fighting an unwanted craving.

What genre does your book fall under?

Horror, although there are ongoing elements of dark humor. I recently discovered that Amazon UK placed book one in the category of “Horror – Parodies and Satire.”

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Nicolas Cage is good at offbeat, tormented characters.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Chaz Singleton is a lone zombie battling for survival against a hostile humanity.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I signed a three-book deal with the publisher, Severed Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Book one of the series took about seven months. I anticipate book two will be about the same, probably longer, given that I have multiple projects fighting for attention.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There are other “smart zombie” books out there, but I haven’t read them because I don’t want to be influenced.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wrote a short story, SWAT that was published in the anthology Zombie Zoology by Severed Press. The publisher asked if I’d be interested in writing a full-length zombie novel for them. I thought, why not? It’s a fun genre. I’m a huge fan of the first two George Romero zombie movies and Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This is the story of an individual who holds the fate of the world in his hands, whether he likes it or not.

How I Started the Apocalypse is available in paperback and ebook.

Now that I’ve done my duty, I’ve tagged three more authors to keep the “Next Big Thing” megablog alive and kicking… so please welcome the following talented people with a visit to their blogs. Next week, they’ll post their answers to the same questions and tag additional authors to join in.

Randy Richardson, author of Cheeseland: Cheeseland Blog

Connie Corcoran Wilson, author of The Color of Evil: Weekly Wilson

James Robert Smith, author of The Flock: Til The Last Hemlock Dies
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Published on November 25, 2012 11:22
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