Sunday, August 7, 2011

IWU! Blog Tour welcomes the Zombie King Jack Wallen!

This week it is my pleasure to welcome talented indie author Jack Wallen to the tour. As many of you probably know, Jack is the author of the compelling and highly entertaining I Zombie series, thus the title of the blog. But as you will read, Jack has other horror and thriller projects in the works. Jack is also the owner of Autumnal Press where he publishes digital fiction which includes his cult favorite Shero.

 So Jack, the blog mike is yours!



1 Tell us about you upcoming release.

My next book to be released is the second in the I Zombie series, My Zombie My. I don’t want to give away too much, but this book picks up right where the first one left off and takes it into even deeper, darker places. This time around the world’s salvation is in the hands of Bethany Nitshimi who leads the gang to Paris in an attempt to crack the code of the Mengele Virus file discovered in the network in Munich.

In this book we learn more about Dr. Lindsay Godwin and discover just how deep the conspiracy really goes.

My Zombie My brings about something new – Zombie Radio. This is an internet radio station Bethany discovers and listens to for both a temporary escape as well as the means to help the world learn of what is going on.

2 How did you come up with the title of your book?

I knew I wanted a theme for each of the books in the I Zombie I trilogy. The original title was inspired by both the theme of the book and a particular scene where Jacob describes himself as a chiasmus. He refers to the the The Might Be Giants song “I Palindrome I”. which is where the title came from.

The My Zombie My take on the title was all about how Bethany winds up being charged to care for the young Suzan, as well as the unborn child she carries.

3 What is My Zombie My about?

My Zombie My takes the I Zombie trilogy deeper into the why of the Mengele virus and puts Bethany and company in the middle of a grand conspiracy to cleanse the world. Bethany holds in her keep an encrypted file that she believe contains the key to the cure for the Mengele Virus. The world is falling down around them, they are hungry, and being chased by the undead and The Zero Day Collective. This story is chaos wrapped in a coating of desperation. But among the loss and suffering, glimmers of hope shine through to try to bring our protagonist to a place of peace and salvation.

4 Did anything special inspire you to write this particular  story? Why?

I had to write it. Just like I had to answer the question that inspired I Zombie I, I had to take the new protagonist down a rabbit hole only to see if I could get her out. After I finished I Zombie I, I was really smitten with the characters and the story and desperately wanted to continue it on. I wasn’t finished playing in this world and need the catharsis of completion that I knew would require at least two more books.

5 Tell us a little about any current works in progress.

I have already finished the first draft of Die Zombie Die and have picked up the Fringe Killer series with what I believe will be the best book in the series. This time around Jamie and Skip are facing a game, started back in the depression, that has snuffed out more lives than any other string of murders. But the horror-show hits home when Skip’s very life is threatened. I am really proud of this particular entry in the series because it kicks to the curb the idea that modern killers have to be clever and horrific on the levels of Saw and Hostel. I decided to toss aside the “torture porn” and give my killer a single weapon with which to exact his art and win the game.

6 What do you as an author find as the most challenging aspect of writing? How do you deal with this?

The single most challenging aspect of being an author is promoting my work. Being an indie author is a full-time job on its own and when you already have a full-time job that tends to be a bit Big Brother-like, it makes it incredibly challenging to do any sort of promotion for the books. As far as the writing is concerned – that’s a joy and one of the easiest, most natural tasks I have ever had the pleasure of doing.

7 What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Kissed By Darkness by Shea McCleod. If you liked Buffy The Vampire Slayer, you’ll like KBD.

8 If you could coauthor a story with any writer out there—deceased or alive—who would it be? Or would you even consider collaboration?

Clive Barker. He’s my idol and the very reason why I write. Of course his words would make mine shiver in a corner feeling as inadequate as they possibly could. Or maybe that’s just a bit of the fanboy talking.

9 Writing can be very challenging—what do you do to just “get away” for a break every so often?

I don’t. I wish I could. But even when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. Even when I’m zipping around the trails on my mountain bike, ideas pop into my head or I start speaking dialog as if I were one of my characters – you never know when inspiration will hit.

10 What do you like LEAST about writing?

I have to go back to the promotion issue. I never was a good pimp. Retail was never my thing and business and I do not get along well. When I was an actor I couldn’t “schmooze” and I did “play the game”. I wanted my work to speak for itself and, for twenty years it did. I’m having the hardest time right now grasping the idea that my words will not speak for themselves if no one is reading them. So getting my words into the retina of the public at large has been a big fat challenge. Big Brother is adding to that stress...but I’m working on that.

11 Any advice for beginning authors?

The best thing I can say is listen to Journey’s song “Don’t Stop Believin’”. The minute you stop believing in yourself is the minute you should give up. Never, ever give up. It’s a tough road and there is no magical incantation that can make it any easier. This also applies to the actual writing itself. The second you get done with your manuscript, start writing another. I like to keep two books going at once – a first draft and a first rewrite. That way my mind is not only working on my craft, but I’m always pushing myself forward.

I would also say to always be working your creative muscles and work them in ways you never thought you would. Take those writing talents and stretch them. The more you work those muscles the stronger they will be. Take the same approach with your promotional work. Be as creative as possible.

12 Tell us about your other published works.

Other than I Zombie I, I currently have three works out (My Zombie My will hit the shelves in early September):



Shero
Shero is not your ordinary super hero, that is unless you consider a cross dressing super hero a part of the norm. But unlike the every day super hero, Shero battles more than evil villains. Shero battles broken heels, runs in his stockings, broken nails, and the scorn of the public at large.

In this first installment Shero finds the perfect black dress, a possible lover, a deadly shade of fingernail polish, some nasty, nasty foes, an internal super hero political war, and a narrator full of attitude.

Caution: You may find yourself yelling "You go girl!" which could certainly lead to public humiliation. You've been warned.

A Blade Away
Killers and victims on the fringes of society are the focus of the ‘Fringe Killer’ series. “A Blade Away” kicks it off with a murderous transgendered twist. "I am the last true artist.” Jamie Davenport is a struggling young officer on the Louisville Police Force. In her first homicide case, Jamie must track down a twisted killer who preys upon transgendered men to bring about The Change and transform them into their “true selves”. “I am da Vinci with flesh.” However, even with the help of her friend and mentor, Skip Abrahm, she finds herself fighting a war on three fronts: a victimized population reluctant to cooperate, a police force unwilling to take the crimes seriously, and a killer that is always one step ahead. “I am a god with your gender.” Warning: Contains adult situations and material.


Gothica
In the second book of the "Fringe Killer" series, Detective Davenport finds herself dealing with horror brought to life from the past. A killer is terrorizing the same building that held him prisoner - decades ago. The building now serves as a club for the darker denizens of Louisville, creating a breeding ground for the emotions needed to bring evil to life. Weaving elements of horror and the supernatural, Gothica tells the tale of the past and the present colliding in the darkest recesses of a club built upon suffering and sorrow. Jamie Davenport and Skip Abrahm are tossed into a world of gothic delights and horror as a new Fringe Killer emerges.

13 How can readers contact you?

ñ     Get Jack’d
ñ     Twitter
ñ     Facebook
ñ     Email

List of purchase links for your books. Please send them as active links so I can just copy and paste them in. Thanks.

Shero
ñ     Amazon
ñ     Barnes & Noble
ñ     Smashwords
I Zombie I
ñ     Amazon
ñ     Barnes & Noble
ñ     Smashwords
ñ     Paperback

A Blade Away
ñ     Amazon
ñ     Barnes & Noble
ñ     Smashwords
ñ     Paperback

Gothica
ñ     Amazon
ñ     Barnes & Noble
ñ     Smashwords
ñ     Paperback



  Jack, thank you for stopping by and good luck with your current and future projects.


2 comments:

  1. Zombie King? Is that kinda like Goblin King but without the 80's hair and skin tight pants?

    Hey, I downloaded Shero last night based on the hi-larious sample. I can't wait to read it. Jack, you are so prolific. How do you do it? Best of luck on your I Zombie saga.

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  2. *twiddles thumbs while waiting for the next Fringe Killer which sounds AWESOME*

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