So today I have another amazing post and book to share with you from author Travis Simmons. This one is all about the Zombie and an amazing GIVEAWAY!!
For me, what makes a great book is the author’s ability to weave a fantastic story with real characters in a believable world. To do this I think the author really needs to be in the head of the character, or to let the character fully into their head. When you do that, I am able to get into the characters head right along with you.
Honestly, I think that is what most people really like about a book, is the ability of the author to round out the entire story so that we can immerse ourselves in it. One of the ways an author does this is through research.
For instance with Harry Potter, that story was so well written that it felt real, and it wasn’t just that the books were well written, it was that JK did such an amazing job researching the creatures that she put into her book. But she did an amazing job creating her own twists and creatures and blending them together, right along with all the researched lore in a seamless quilt that you couldn’t tell what was researched and what was made up.
One thing I love to do is research topics and put them into my writing. DESOLATION was no different. I knew that Asher was going to struggle with the death of everyone he ever knew, and that was going to leave a mark, a scar on his soul that wouldn’t be easily healed.
When writing DESOLATION I did a lot of research into the stages of grief, and I made sure I implemented them into the book. Asher has his ups and downs, his moments of “nothing to see here, everything is fine” and then his really deep bouts of depression that he isn’t sure he can live through.
Because of this, I think Asher reads like a very real person.
The main thing I wanted to express with DESOLATION is the realism in the infestation. I count myself among the people who think a zombie apocalypse could really happen, and if it were to happen, I think a lot of people would have stories like those found in DESOLATION, and they would have the very real emotions that are felt in the book.
What are some of your favorite aspects from your favorite books? What makes you love them so much? I would love to hear back from you on my facebook page or in the comments below. Or just stop by and we can talk zombies together! Maybe we can come up with a survival plan.
Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork. Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York. With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead. Book Details •Genre: Zombies, Horror •Expected Publication: June 11, 2013 •Publisher: Wyrding Ways Press •ISBN: 9781482757668
Travis is the author of The Bonds of Blood, the first book in his epic fantasy series The Revenant Wyrd Saga. He has also written a young adult novel called A Lament of Moonlight which is book one of his pre-apocalypse series The Harbingers of Light. He is currently seeking publication for the first book of a third series, a zombie novel called Desolation. When he isn’t writing he is helping his family and trying to live a normal, under the radar life. His interests lie in cooking, gardening, green living, and human rights advocacy. He is a huge supporter of the Trevor Project and all agencies that seek to preserve natural resources and protect pets from abuse.