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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Jordans Brains

I’m a self-proclaimed zombie addict, and I’ll read or watch anything that has to do with the undead. Most people wonder why I’m obsessed with zombies; I just think it’s the most fascinating genre. Stories about how survivors would react in a post-apocalyptic world are intriguing to me. I’d like to think that I would do everything in my power to help others during the zombie apocalypse. I guess I’ll never know until a real zombie invasion occurs (hopefully soon).
I wrote my first book, Jordan’s Brains, exactly one month before my thirtieth birthday. Unlike many authors, being a writer wasn’t a childhood dream of mine. It wasn’t even on my radar until recently. I’ve always been a daydreamer though, and my mind tends to drift off quite often, and I end up weaving these elaborate and strange stories. I’ve always enjoyed conjuring up these bizarre tales in my mind, but one day I just decided to start writing down my ideas. I began taking notes about a psychotic zombie fanatic who yearned for the zombie apocalypse. That’s how the idea for my first novel was conceived, and I had such a blast writing Jordan’s Brains.
I recently finished writing my second zombie novel, and I’m working on my third round of editing. Publishing always takes longer than I think, but hopefully it’ll be released in a few months. It’s quite different than my first book. It takes place in the 1950s, and only women can get infected by the zombie virus. Because all men are immune and most of the women are infected, the men are left to fend for themselves. It’s more of a comedy than a horror novel. I have a few ideas for my third book, which I hope to start working on soon. I’m having so much fun creating my own little stories about the zombie apocalypse!”
Q & A
1. Obvious question – what is your zombie apocalypse plan?
My plan is to stockpile food and water, so I’ll be able to stay inside and ride out the first wave of the zombie apocalypse. Then I plan on venturing out to help other survivors. I’m sure I’ll get killed or turned in the process, but I have to at least try to save a few people.
2. What is your zombie killing weapon of choice?
Excellent question! A machete would be the perfect weapon for the zombie apocalypse. Unlike a gun, you never have to reload it, and it’s nice and quiet.
3. Did you base any of the characters in Jordans Brains on yourself, or anyone you know?
I think Jordan was based on me a little bit. Jordan is a little crazy, but in an endearing way. While I’m not a psychopath, I definitely fall into the “eccentric” category. I’d also like to think that, like Jordan, I would do everything in my power to help strangers during the zombie apocalypse.
4. Did you have a strict plot line for your book, or did you just allow it to develop as you wrote?
I had the first third outlined before I started writing Jordan’s Brains, and then I just let the story unfold naturally from there. It’s fun to let the characters develop themselves. I was even surprised by some of the twists in Jordan’s Brains because I didn’t plan them ahead of time.
5. What is your favourite book (horror or otherwise) and why?
Oh, that is another excellent question. I read so many books, and it’s hard to pick just one. Can I give you a top five? Here are my five favorite zombie novels:
1. Zombie/Apocalypse 2012: A Political Horror Story by Ian McClellan
2. The Road to Hell is Paved with Zombies by Cedric Nye
3. A Bloody Road to Nowhere by Joanna Prototype
4. The Longest Road by A.S. Thompson
5. The Hand That Feeds by Michael Garza.
I know that was cheating, but I couldn’t pick just one! I love all of those books because each story has its own unique twist on the zombie apocalypse.
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