Please enjoy this Q&A regarding my first book, Hell of the Dead!
Q: What’s the origin behind Hell of the Dead?
A: I read a news article about a group of police/soldiers who were attacked in the mountains by some rock and branch-wielding people. Sticks and stones versus guns. And sticks and stones won. What could cause such a seemingly impossible scene? And thus, Hell of the Dead . . . .
Q: Other than that news article, what were some other inspirations?
A: Italian zombie movies from the late 1970s/1980s. The grittier, the better.
Q: So the zombies in this book are invincible?
A: Absolutely. They’re of supernatural origin so why not? I wanted them to be an unstoppable force of nature, making a crappy situation even crappier.
Q: Why? Haven’t you put those poor characters through enough?
A: Nah. They deserve it?
Q: Even the priest?
A: Especially the priest.
Q: Care to elaborate?
A: I’d rather the book do the explaining. Nolan is out of his depth. And he pays for it.
Q: But he was trying to help people?
A: Some people can’t be helped.
Q: Is that the book’s theme?
A: That and ‘be nice.’
Q: Going back to the zombies’ invincibility, can they be stopped?
A: Maybe, but this book isn’t about that.
Q: Sequels are popular today. Any follow-ups to this story?
A: I have two sequels rolling around in my head. I have a ton of original books to write before I can even tackle those.
Q: Can you give us a tease of those?
A: Haha. No.