2014 Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Blog Hop extension tour. I want to thank Phillip Tomasso for including me in this blogging ritual. This is all new to me, so I hope I’m getting it right.

1. What Am I Working On

“Central Outbreak Response: Exodus”, which is the sequel to “Central Outbreak Response: Genesis”. I’m working hard to try and top COR:Genesis because it’s easy to slip up and make the second in a trilogy a “middle child.” That’s a problem I aim to avoid!

2. How Does My Work Differ From Others In My Genre

There’s an element of realism to my work that, I believe, surpasses the usual zombie apocalypse novel. There is gritty survivalism, sure, but in the midst of the madness there is humor and even a little romance. That character discussions will sometimes go off on tangents unrelated to the unfolding events is real. People react to stress, grief, and loss in different ways. Sometimes this is through humor, or shutting down. I explore many facets of tragedy through the lens of my characters, even as the core subject matter is a light and fun read, a rollicking zombie apocalypse.

3. Why Do I Write What I Write

Growing up, I always gravitated to horror stories. At family get togethers, I would tell ghost stories to my cousins in a darkened room. It didn’t matter if it was Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter – they wanted to hear stories and I was happy to oblige. I’ve always wanted to write a story in each of the major subgenres of horror, and due to their current popularity, zombies go first!

4. How Does My Writing Process Work

I’m still figuring out my own “process.” I am finding that I am most productive in writing binges – I schedule a few “power hours” where I just crank as much as I can in a limited span of time (thanks to Armand Rosamilia for that idea). I also write out of order – I’ll know certain scenes I want, who is in them, why they’re doing what they’re doing. Then I string them together to move the characters from scene to scene, discovering new scenes to explore during that process. With “COR:Genesis”, the book largely wrote itself in that the final product was nothing like what I had originally planned!

And now, I get to tag Sylvan Kills, Rachel Aukes and Sarah Lyons Fleming!

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