I was invited to join a blog tour by a fellow zompoc author, the sweet, hilarious and gruesome Claire Riley. She is the author the Odium series which if you haven't checked it out yet, do! She's about to release book two, Odium II. The Dead Saga so it's a great time to start her series. And she's not a total cliffhanger jerk like I am :)
What this tour is about is authors talking about their process. What they're writing, why they love it, how they do it. It's a great way to get some insight into why the authors you love do what they do and if you're an aspiring author, you can get some ideas of how it's all done.
1) What am I working on?
I'm currently writing Brawler, a companion novel to Knockout which is doing disturbingly well. It was my first time giving NA Romance a try and I'm still a little scared of it.
I'm also working on Tearing Down the Wall due out in June. It's the finale to the Survival Series, a zompoc romance. And I'm hoping to have Fearless, the sequel to Sleepless, done this summer as well.
So, yeah, I'm working on a lot! But it's worth it because all of these stories are really important to me. I've become attached to each of them in one way or another. The finales make me a little sad but I'm excited for them too.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think it's because of the characters and their development. My zompoc books have been called 'zombie lite' and I'm okay with that because the other thing I hear is that people are thinking about the characters long after the book is over. People connect with these fictional characters and I feel like that's not something you always get in a hack and slash genre like zombie lit.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I like the idea of survival in the end of the world. I love delving into how it's done, wondering how I'd make it, finding new ways of doing things. And I can't seem to write a story, NA, YA, Sci Fi or Horror that doesn't have a love story in there somewhere. I'm sucker for a good romance and finding love in the ugliest of places is absolutely beautiful to me. Because love is just that - ugly. But it's worth it.
4) How does your writing process work?
I get an idea in my head of what I think the story should be, I start writing and it turns into something else entirely :) So far, it's always something better but I rarely write exactly what I had planned. And I don't do outlines. I start and let the story unfold in front of me. It's fun and surprising sometimes. Things happen that I did not see coming and my own characters shock me at times, which is kind of weird.
So that's me and how I do this crazy thing that I do. Now here are the two authors I've invited to join the blog tour as well. Check them and find out what they've got coming and how they came to write what they do:
Hannah Trank - She was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She's an incredible artist, a great story teller and a fellow zompoc/romance writer with her first book, Are We Dead Yet?, coming out in June!
You can find her on both Goodreads and Facebook.
Sarah Lyons Fleming - Her first novel, UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD, is a mixture of post-apocalyptic, zombie, women's and suspense fiction. She's currently working on the sequel, AND AFTER.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she now lives in Oregon with her family and, in her opinion, not nearly enough supplies for the zombie apocalypse.
But she's working on it.
You can find her on both Goodreads and her website.
Jack Wallen—His works span genres and weave evil, conspiracy, and fear into nightmarish worlds.
Jack has been given the title "Zombie King" by his readers and fans. He didn't garner that title by dining on the brains of helpless victims. It was only after writing until his fingers and mind were nothing but meat for the beasts that he became a
master of the zombie genre. During that haunted hay ride Jack produced works of fiction enjoyable by not just zombie fans, but anyone daring to take a peek into what might possibly become of humanity.
Of course, being of the insane writer clan, Jack isn't just happy with the penning of zombie fiction. Oh no, the nightmare
does not end there. Like the late, great Freddy Mercury, Jack wants it all -- so, he will continue twisting the horror
genre to meet his disturbed mind as well as write his Fringe Killer and Screampark series, and his joyous celebration of
all things diverse -- Shero.
Author of YA/NA science fiction and romance peppered with wit and sarcasm.