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Author Interview: Lazarus Infinity

I’m pleased to announce that the promotion for Journey To Landaran last week did well, and I’m moving forward again on the next book. In other news, it’s Indie Author Thursday! Today I have Lazarus Infinity (how’s that for a pseudonym?) with me today. Find out more about Lazarus at the links below the interview. Enjoy!

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1)  So what inspired you to write?

My first love was always acting.  As a kid, I watched guys like Sidney Poitier, Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney, so I always wanted to be like them.  Then as I grew and began taking acting lessons, Denzel Washington became my idol.  As for writing, it was just always there; something I did to pass the time.  I never took it seriously and never EVER wanted to be an author.  One day when I was nine, my mother saw me writing a short story and said, ‘One day you’re gonna write a book.’  Anytime I would hear those words, I’d always laugh because I never believed it.  As it turns out, she was right all along.

2) Looking at your author page on Amazon I see horror, fantasy and romance?  What do you enjoy writing the most?

As far as fiction goes, I don’t have a favorite genre.  A good rule of advice I’ve picked up is to write whatever comes from the heart.  Since I’ve always been a very creative person who gets his ideas from dreams, I just go with the flow.  I don’t think in terms of genre until an idea comes fully formed, which surprisingly happens a lot.  Aside from writing books, I’m more into writing stage plays and screenplays.

3) You wrote a book, Occupation, set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, but with zombies.  Tell me about that.

Occupation came purely as a spur of the moment thing during a Saints game.  A friend of mine managed to get some tickets last minute and we all went.  I remember sitting in the Superdome before the start of the game thinking, ‘it would be pretty crazy if a horde of zombies just barged in and destroyed the place.’  Truthfully, I have no idea how that popped into my head but I figured it would be an interesting story to set against the backdrop of the year when New Orleans hosted the Super Bowl AND Mardi Gras in the same two week span.  More than anything, it was an exercise just to see if I could write anything like that since I hadn’t before.  The story is more of a novella, serving as a bit of a metaphor for something deeper.

4) Who is your favorite writer, and why?

For fiction, I’ve always been a fan of Stephen King because I grew up on horror films.  Always been a fan of really intensive, visual storytelling and he’s certainly a master of that.  Being a theatre major back in college, I also tend to draw a huge amount of inspiration from playwrights such as August Wilson and Arthur Miller.  The theatre is what I love and miss the most, so I always use that as motivation.

5) What do you think about the current revolution in self-publishing?

I think it’s both good and bad.  It’s definitely great for those writers who are passionate about the business and no longer have to deal with query letters being rejected.  They now have an avenue to get their work out there and build a reputable brand, and the financial benefits are extraordinary.  It can be a negative in the sense that now nearly everyone is trying to get in on it, so the marketplace is becoming flooded.  If you follow popular music, you see the same in Hip-Hop.  There was a time when only artists who could create great material got signed to labels.  Now because of the internet and social media, ANYONE can put out an album.  And let’s face it-a lot of the music is horrible.  Self-Publishing is seeing the same thing right now.  The upside is the fact that those who stick with it, learn how to market and publish quality work will eventually see long term success.

6) What are you working on next?

I actually have several projects in the works.  I’m currently working on a Sci-Fi romance entitled ANUNNAKI which is very spiritual in nature.  Following that will be my first vampire novel TAINTED BLOOD.  For those interested in children’s fiction, expect volume 2 of THE LITTLE BOY AND THE SEA to arrive some time in the new year.

7) How have circumstances in your life affected you as a writer?

The credit for all of it has to go to my mother.  Like I said, writing was always there since childhood.  While I was always more interested in writing plays and screenplays, she was the one that knew all along I’d publish books one day.  I had absolutely NO faith in that idea whatsoever and would often laugh at her for suggesting it.  When you say ‘author’, I immediately think of names like Langston Hughes, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote.  In my mind, there was never any way I could ever fit in that class of talent.  I still feel that way to this day.  What’s interesting and yet bittersweet about all this is that my mother passed away in 2009.  It’s without question the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through, and that scar has never healed.  She knew all this would happen, and she’s not here to see it.  It’s extremely tough living with that everyday, but there’s no turning back now.

8) What advice do you have for other writers?

Write the stories you would want to read and think of yourself as more of a brand than just another writer.  Create great stories with interesting and compelling characters that readers can get behind.  Work hard at it every single day and never give up.

Here are my links: www.lazarusInfinity.net

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/lazarusInfinity

Facebook:  lazarusInfinity

Instagram: lazarusinfinity

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Author Interview: Stacy Juba

It’s Thursday!  You know what that means. It’s time for another indie author review, and today that’s with Stacy Juba, writer of mysteries and romance. You can find out more about Stacy through the links at the bottom of this post.

(Reminder, don’t forget that Journey To Landaran is free this week!  Expiring tomorrow. See my post from yesterday.)

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1 Why did you start writing?

I started writing in fifth grade as I loved to read and kept getting this urge to tell stories. I was also quite introverted and found that writing was an excellent way to express myself.

2.  It looks like you like to write in a variety of genres. What are your favorite? Why?

My favorite until recently was cozy mystery as I have always loved reading mystery stories, starting in my Nancy Drew days. I am launching a romantic comedy/chick lit series set in a theme park called Storybook Valley and that is my new favorite genre. Lately I’ve felt drawn to writing something funny and sassy, perhaps because those are the kinds of stories I’ve felt compelled to read on my e-reader. My overall goal, no matter what the genre, is to provide people with an entertaining escape from the stresses of their daily lives.

3.  I also see quite a few collaborations. What’s the best thing about collaborating with another writer? What’s the most challenging aspect?

I was the editor of the book 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back, and I was also a contributor to the Bestseller Bound Short Story Anthology Volume 3 and to the dessert book Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing, among other projects. The best part is working with so many creative people, exchanging ideas and making new long-term connections. The most challenging part is that there will always be writers who submit to a group project and then don’t do any promotion of the final product.

4.  Tell me about your latest book.

My latest book is Sink or Swim, a mystery/romantic suspense novel about Cassidy Novak, a personal trainer who attracts a stalker after coming in second on a reality TV show. I am especially excited about the Audible edition, narrated by Funda Duval, who does a great job with the varety of voices. It’s like listening to a movie.

5.  Who is your favorite writer and why?

My favorite writer is Sophie Kinsella, author of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Her books just crack me up and draw me right in. I read them over a few days as I can’t put them down.

6.  What are you working on next?

I am finishing up editing my romantic comedy Fooling Around With Cinderella, about a marketing coordinator who gets coerced into playing Cinderella at a theme park for the summer. This is the first in my new Storybook Valley series so I will be focusing on developing more projects in the series.

7.  What do you think of the current explosion of self-publishing?

I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for authors and I am grateful to be part of it.  I recently gave a talk about self publishing at the local library and the aspiring writers in attendance were shocked at how easy it was to self-publish, as far as seeing your book listed at different retailers – and even more shocked at how much work it is to be successful at it. I think it’s a good match for authors who can see themselves as an entrepreneur and who are comfortable making all the business decisions.

8.  What advice do you have for other writers?

I recommend that they research all the options available to them, from the traditional publishing route to the ins and outs of self-publishing. I advise them to develop their craft through classes and critique partners and to also read up on marketing, branding and promotion. Being a writer isn’t just a creative profession; you’re also an entrepreneur and you need to treat it like a business.

Links: Sink or Swim retailers: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sink-or-Swim-ebook/dp/B004GHN6CW/ref

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sink-or-swim-stacy-juba/1100588699?ean=2940012324771 I

Bookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id640267820

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Sink-or-Swim/book-aXZ0A_WHRke5PB7VcunL1A/page1.html?s=sYx_czFatU2YYndOEKKoZA&r=5

Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_5?asin=B00CO9M4J0&qid=1367976480&sr=1-5

Website: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-Juba/100155471301 Twitter https://twitter.com/stacyjuba

Author Interview: Wesley Robert Lowe

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So yeah, I know I’ve been quiet lately. Been writing a lot, been dealing with family things, and haven’t had much to say. But hey, it’s Thursday!  That means another author interview. Today I have Wesley Robert Lowe, writer of thrillers with an Asian flare. You can find out more about Wesley at his author page on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Wesley-Robert-Lowe/e/B00GMQDWYW/

1. What made you want to write?

I have been writing since I was in elementary school and in fact completed my first novel in Grade Five. Sadly, I lost it and nothing I’ve written since then has measured up to it.   Seriously, I love to tell stories and communicate – and not simply with words. I played in an R & B band for years and have a Masters of Music and have many film and TV credits as a composer including four seasons on Sesame St. However, in the last dozen years or so, I’ve felt more desire to show how ethnic minorities are becoming more part of the mainstream. I’ve made a feature film about a Russian defector and several documentaries about the Chinese North American experience. It is this desire to show a broader perspective of the world and my take on it that makes me want to write.

2.  You’ve recently published books 4 and 5 of your Shaolin Darkness Thrillers. Tell me about the series.

I love big action movies and stories and wanted to put into words some of that electric thrill.  I travel for a month or two a year and always like to inject myself into the lives of the locals and wanted to put some of that personal flavor in as well.  That being said, my personal world is rich spiritually – brought up in both Christianity and Chinese folk religions, further exploration of each in subsequent years.  East meets West. East versus West. East with West.

3.  Did you have knowledge about Kung Fu and martial arts before writing the series? If so, what?

I have a good friend who is a Shaolin Kung Fu Grandmaster. He and I have traveled together, I spent much time at his school before he retired and he went through extensively TIGER, the first in the series and gave it his blessing in terms of authenticity – recognizing of course that this is still a work of fiction where “creative license” is required. In fact the character of Chin is based on his looks. Tough, lithe, angular… with the ability to kick the ass of people a third his age.

4.  What is your background?  How has it influenced you in your writing?

I am a fourth generation Chinese Canadian with deep roots in the community. For the first hundred years that we were in North America, we suffered incredible discrimination and while we are now much more fully accepted and integrated, we are not quite there yet. Much of my writing features Chinese in prominent roles as part of a multicultural society. However, I’m not a “flag waving ethnic.” My main interest is to tell a great story regardless of ethnicity.

5.  What are you working on next?

A few things. I am writing a couple of paranormal thriller series based in Vancouver’s Chinatown which will be launched quite shortly. I am also sketching out another action thriller series which I will launch in 2015.

6.  Who is your favorite writer, and why?

I don’t have any one favorite writer. This is not a copout answer, although it may seem like one. The reason is that I like and learn from many writers from a huge variety of genres. Russell Blake, Amy Tan, Mario Puzo are just a few.

7.  What’s the strangest thing you’ve had to research?

I do a lot of research into religious/spiritual/paranormal realms. It is quite strange in how there are many similarities in beliefs but it’s the differences that cause so much tension.

8.  What advice do you have for other writers?

I was once invited to an arts conference to speak on writing. During the Q & A, most of the questions were about how to make money or get a grant to support their writing. My answer was, “Don’t even think about it. If you want to write, then write. And one more thing. Seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”

I was never invited back to speak again.

Author Interview: M. A. Niles

Yeah, I know, I’ve been a little quieter than usual lately. Never fear; I’ve been busy writing. Meanwhile, it’s Thursday! Today I have fantasy writer M.A. Niles, here to talk about her series and the writer experience. You can find out more about M.A. Niles on Amazon here:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_2?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Melanie%20Nilles&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank

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1. So what made you decide you wanted to write?

–I always loved stories and wanted to tell my own, especially when I’d go into the bookstores and not find anything that really intrigued me enough to pick it up. I started writing so I could experience the kinds of stories I wanted to read but that weren’t available at that time. I just have never figured out how to stop writing, even when I find stories I like by other authors.

2.  Who were the greatest influencers for you growing up?

–I grew up on ST:TOS and ST:TNG, Doctor Who (classic), Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and a variety of books, most of them written by Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry. Growing up, I mostly was into science fiction or horses. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really started liking fantasy more.

3.  I understand you have a fantasy series out. Tell me about that.

–I have two fantasy series. One is the Legend of the White Dragon, which is one HUGE story told in five books, each with their own contained stories but pieces of the overall story. That one is a story about the prophesied return of a legendary white dragon meant to save the world who was killed but returns in a way unexpected and is threatened by the forces of darkness that seek to destroy the world. The other is the Demon Age series, which is only two books at this time, each completely self-contained. This is a world where monsters are connected to magic. Demonlords, the immortal shapeshifters, rule the world. Humans can only hope to survive.

4.  Serials require a strong character who can carry things. Tell me more about Nadia.

–Nadia is the main character of the second Demon Age novel, Spirit Blade. She was introduced in Tiger Born but is more fully realized in her own story. She’s a woman and a fighter, strong but sensitive, and it’s something that her ex doesn’t realize fully, as most men assume she’s weak. One man believes in her, a demonlord who knows the truth about her potential, but he knows far more than anyone realizes. Nadia doesn’t even know her full strength until she’s forced to face a threat that no one can stop.

5.  What are you working on now?

–I have a couple projects that I’m jumping between. One is another book in my more popular Starfire Angels: Revelations series and another is the first of a whole new series that I can’t yet discuss.

6.  Who is your favorite writer and why?

–Growing up, I loved Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series and the romantic notion of the connection between a human and a horse. For a while, I enjoyed Timothy Zahn’s military science fiction, especially his Thrawn books in the Star Wars Extended Universe novels. Usually, however, I read by book and not necessarily by author, which is why I use two different pen names. Not everyone likes my different types of writing between my fantasy and young adult.

7.  What’s the strangest thing you’ve had to research for your writing?

–I don’t know about the strangest thing. There have lots of things I’ve come across in researching for different stories. Research is always a part of world building and you never know what you’ll learn.

8.  What advice do you have for other writers?

–Write for yourself first. If you don’t love writing, why do it?

Author Interview: Edward M. Grant

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Things always get crazy before a holiday, and today is no exception. But sit back and enjoy–I have an interview today with Edward M. Grant, science fiction writer who has also worked on indie films. You can find out more about Edward at the links below:

Website: http://www.edwardmgrant.com

Blog: http://blog.edwardmgrant.com

Twitter: edwardmgrant

1.  So what first inspired you to write a book?

I’ve been writing for as long as I remember. Even as a kid in primary school, the teacher would ask us to write a story, and I’d come back the next week with a novel. I’m sure they were dire, but I clearly had determination, if not talent. In the 90s, I became fed up with rejections from publishers and switched to writing movie scripts instead while I worked on indie movies in the UK. It was only when Amazon made self-publishing viable that I began writing novels and short stories again.

2.  I see you like science fiction. Why?  What about this genre appeals to you?

When I was a kid, the Apollo program was coming to an end with American and Soviet astronauts meeting in space, Concorde was just starting to fly, and we all knew we’d be travelling around the world at five times the speed of sound and living on the Moon by the time I grew up. The present of 1970s England might have been perpetual strikes and power cuts, but SF told us the future was going to be much better. Well, it didn’t work out that way, but SF remained one of the most interesting and optimistic genres, and one which often made today’s Big Issues seem quite laughable when compared with issues humanity will have to face in the future. I suspect many of us are writing it so we can imagine the future we’d like to have been living in, had things turned out differently.

3.  I understand you have a series of short pieces, the “Dirk Beretta” series. Tell me about that.

Dirk Beretta is a tough but dumb retired Space Marine, who quit the service after most of his friends were killed by Space Weasels at the Battle of Din Bin Foo, which is now a high-class tourist resort. So far, as he searches for another line of work that suits his destructive skills, he’s rescued a damsel in distress, saved an alien planet from the perils of democracy, and another from an environmentally unsound mining company. The next story, which will hopefully be out by Christmas, takes him back in time to ancient Egypt, in a desperate attempt to save the bagel. I wrote them for fun, after inventing the character for a writing exercise on a web forum, and never really expected to sell many copies. I was surprised when ‘Space Weasels’ sold more ebooks than all my other stories.

4.  What do you have coming out next?

I’ve just finished ‘Smiling Is Contagious’, my attempt at a hard SF zombie short story, and plan to release it for Halloween. I wrote it a couple of years ago for an SF anthology, but the story I ended up with wasn’t quite what they were looking for. The new version is about three times as long, and I’m going to expand it into a novel for NaNoWriMo this year. I have a horror short story in the upcoming charity anthology, ‘For Whom The Bell Trolls’, and will have an SF story in the Kboards flash fiction anthology. After that… well, I was just looking through the unfinished novels on my computer, and I have about a dozen that I need to finish off and publish!

5.  Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I’ve sung karaoke–badly–on British TV.

6.  Who is your favorite writer, and why?

If I had to pick one, it would be Arthur C Clarke. I have many of his books on my book shelves, and re-read some now and again. His non-fiction was always insightful and thought-provoking, even when later events proved his predictions wrong. His fiction, while often dated and weak on characterization, generally tried to build realistic stories based on the scientific understanding of the time.

7.  I think a common perception is that science fiction writers have to be scientists. What’s your background, and how has it helped or not helped in your writing?

I studied Physics at Oxford, so I’m definitely in that category. I’m not entirely sure it does help, as I’m constantly wondering whether the things I’m writing could actually work, and then going into hours of research to see whether I’m right. Other writers would probably just pick something that seems plausible and leave it at that.

8.  What advice do you have for other writers?

No matter how much you think you’ve learned about writing, in a year or two, you’ll look back on today’s stories and realize how little you knew.

Author Interview: W. C. Hoffman

Yep, only one interview this week, but it’s a good one. Meet W. C. Hoffman, survivalist writer of military and mystery fiction. You can find out more about Hoffman here http://www.wchoffman.com/my-book-store.html .

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1. So what first got you writing?

My Uncle raised me to be an outdoorsman and survivalist in the absence of my birth father. Sadly, my Uncle took his own life and in my grieving process I began to write his story. My first novel Twins of Prey was molded from that first work I call, Uncle’s Story. In it there is a character named Uncle who lives off the grid and teaches his adopted twin sons the same types of things I was taught. The rest of the story is fiction but the character is very real. http://www.wchoffman.com/my-book-store.html

2.  So it looks like your Twins of Prey is a combination of military and mystery. How would you describe the books?

An off the grid action adventure where thrilling events lead to survival being the ultimate and only goal. When changing lives in not an option the twins begin to take them. It really boils down to the battle between nature vs. nurture. What side the reader takes will determine who they see as the protagonist. Either way a flawed hero will come into play.

3.  Do you have a background in the military?  If so, what?

I have no military background but I do have a decade long career in law enforcement.

4.  How did you come up with your characters?

Well Uncle is, my Uncle. The twins are a mixture of Mogwai for Kippling’s The Jungle Book and Atreyu from The Never Ending Story. Each one of the Sheriff deputies is mixture of various officers I have worked with over the years.

5.  Who is your favorite writer and why?

*EASY ANSWER* Gary Paulsen, The Hatchet series of books are what made me fall in love with reading for the first time. I still read them every other year for inspiration.

6.  What are you working on now?

Twins of Prey II Homecoming is set for release on 10/20/14 so I am currently working on Twins of Prey III. I also have a historical fiction idea that I wrote as a short story in high school burning away in my mind just screaming to be told in full. That will be my next series for sure. I have plans to purposely write a cheesy paranormal romance under a pen name as a gift for my wife. A shape shifting female cop that using her skills to seduce and lock up criminals. If it sells great! If not that is okay too.

7.  What have you learned about self publishing so far?

There is a sense of community in the self pub world and you better use it! Everyone, yes EVERYONE I have had the pleasure to talk with or be interviewed by has always been positive. I think kboards, blogs, and the popular podcasts that are out there are fantastic resources. I may not be a better writer because of them but I am for sure a more successful writer thanks to them.

8.  What advice do you have for other writers?

Read my answer to the question above, join the communities. Become a fan and invest in learning what works.

Author Interview: Marilyn Peake

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Okay, I have a treat for everyone today. The Ebola outbreak is all over the news right now and people are getting nervous. So what better time to grab a book about Ebola zombies?  Lol, I know, there are writers out there trying to capitalize on this news story with cheap little pamplets on how to stay safe.

This isn’t that. Meet Marilyn Peake writer of dark fantasy and now horror. You can find out more about Marilyn through the links at the bottom of this post.

  1. So what first inspired you to write?

I’ve wanted to write since I was a very young child. When I was a teenager in high school, I fell in love with literature, journalism and creative writing. At that time, I received a wonderful opportunity to write columns on teenagers’ interests for three local newspapers with my own byline and to have some of my poetry published in one of those papers. That was very exciting! Over the years, I’ve continued to love the experience of writing.

  1. I know you write in a variety of genres, including young adult, fantasy, and horror. What about these appeal to you?

I love reading almost every genre. So far, I’ve written mostly in the genres you mentioned, along with some science fiction. Writing horror is new for me, although I’ve written a fair amount of dark fantasy. I like writing in all those genres because they allow a writer to take real-world issues and weave imaginary tales around them. Hopefully, that allows a reader to view the real-world situations in a different light. I’m a news junkie who feels things very deeply. I follow a large number of news outlets on Twitter and watch a lot of TV news. Sometimes it’s hard to continue watching painful news stories about the world. Writing fantastical stories based on current events helps me to explore them and deal with them. There’s also something invigorating about the creative process in writing any type of fiction.

  1. Tell me about your latest book, “Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies.” Considering the recent Ebola outbreak, this seems timely!!

MUTATION Z: THE EBOLA ZOMBIES actually came out of my deep concern following news stories on the growing Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Years ago, I read THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston, a nonfiction book about a monkey strain of Ebola that mutated in a lab in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., in 1989 to become airborne, sickening monkeys who had no direct contact with other monkeys in the building. That book left a huge impression on me. When I heard about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, I immediately thought about Preston’s detailed information on the disease.

The news coming out of West Africa has been truly horrifying, as the countries affected by Ebola don’t have the infrastructure to deal with it. People are dying on the streets, in their homes and on the floors of makeshift treatment centers. The situation has been described as pure hell by those who have witnessed it. As the epidemic’s worsened, some bizarre stories have come out of the areas affected. Because workers in frightening-looking protective suits arrived around the same time the Ebola epidemic worsened, some people blamed the workers for bringing Ebola into their country. There was a case where locals attacked an Ebola clinic, claiming that Ebola was a myth. They dragged contaminated items out of the clinic, creating an extremely dangerous situation. Others believe that Ebola is a curse for evil behavior. There have been claims by some that the medical workers are using Ebola as an excuse to cover up cannibalistic practices.

Looking at news photos and videos of the horror the Ebola victims are suffering through, it really started getting to me. I combined the myths with the true facts about the Ebola epidemic to create a story that’s a combination of the following genres: Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Zombie Fiction, Horror, and Conspiracy Fiction. I wanted MUTATION Z: THE EBOLA ZOMBIES to convey a sense of horror about the situation in West Africa. While the medical workers and military personnel going into West Africa to help out are heroes in real life, there’s an apocalyptic conspiracy happening within the pages of MUTATION Z: THE EBOLA ZOMBIES.

  1. Do you think a pandemic is likely in our lifetime? How bad do you think things could be?

I think it’s quite possible. If a worldwide pandemic occurred, it would be disastrous. A large portion of the world’s population would die. On the other hand, we’re living in an age of extraordinary technical advancement with amazing medical breakthroughs. Whereas the Ebola strain in the current epidemic has a 50% to 70% mortality rate with no known cure, medical personnel coming to the United States from West Africa to be treated for the disease have recovered after receiving experimental serum. That’s amazing: a previously incurable disease cured! Bill Gates and a number of organizations have donated large amounts of money to find both a cure and a vaccine for Ebola. If scientists succeed in doing that, another disease will be conquered.

  1. Another of your books, “Shade”, delves into some darker fantasy as well. Tell me about that.

SHADE is a Young Adult Mystery novel with Paranormal elements. Tagline: “Shade: Girl on a hero’s journey, going from smart-ass to badass.”

Here’s the Book Summary for SHADE:

Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town.

This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero.

Although this novel deals with a number of serious issues—drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and disturbing world events—it’s primarily a novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she’s capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.

  1. Who is your favorite writer, and why?

That’s a tough question. I have so many favorite writers! One of my most favorite writers is Barbara Kingsolver. Her novel, THE POISONWOOD BIBLE, knocked my socks off. Her description and character development were extraordinary and she tackled some heavy-duty social issues in that book.

  1. What are you working on now?

With Hugh Howey’s blessing, I’m working on a fan fiction story set in his WOOL universe that I plan to publish in the Amazon Kindle Worlds program for fan fiction. Then I plan to write sequels for both SHADE and MUTATION Z: THE EBOLA ZOMBIES in order to turn them into two separate series.

  1. What advice do you have for writers?

To read a lot and to just keep on writing!

My website: http://www.marilynpeake.com

My Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/387792.Marilyn_Peake

My Twitter page: https://twitter.com/marilynpeake

MUTATION Z: THE EBOLA ZOMBIES on Amazon:

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SHADE on Amazon:

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