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James Marshall interview, author of Zombies Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos

How delightful to be sucked in by a title alone. When you add a book to your TBR list just because the title grabs your attention and makes you go damn I need to check that out you know you’ve got an author you need to pester into an interview. Success!

James kindly agrees to let me poke around his noggin. In addition to his awesome sounding How to End Human Suffering series that I’d love to read his book Lets not let a little thing like the end of the world come between us is one that I simply must read.            Zombies Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos was released May 15th by ChiZine publications.

My great thanks to James.

ZVF cover

 

In a PERFECT world where everyone DESTROYS everything and eats HUMAN FLESH, one ZOMBIE has had enough: BUCK BURGER. When he rebels at the natural DISORDER, his marriage starts DETERIORATING and a doctor prescribes him an ANTI-DEPRESSANT. Buck meets a beautiful GREEN-HAIRED pharmacist fairy named FAIRY_26 and quickly becomes a pawn in a COLD WAR between zombies and SUPERNATURAL CREATURES. As Fairy_26 flies him between her tree-branch apartment in FAIRYLAND and an aircraft-carrier PIRATE SHIP in a zombie-infested DYSTOPIA, Buck Burger struggles to make sense of it all and remain FAITHFUL to his OVERBEARING wife. Does sixteen-year-old SPIRITUAL LEADER and pirate GUY BOY MAN make an appearance? Of course! Are there MIND-CONTROLLING ALBINOS? Obviously! Is there hot ZOMBIE-ON-FAIRY action? Maybe! WHY AREN’T YOU READING THIS YET?

 

  • Please tell me something about you that no one knows.

My dad doesn’t think I’m funny.

  • What are you reading now?

Unfortunately, I’m not reading anything right now. I try to avoid influences when I’m writing. It’s the worst part. I really miss it and I have a lot of author friends whose books I really want to check out.

  • What is your work space and writing routine like?

My work space is totally barren. Again, I try to avoid influences. I want everything to come from within. Of course things make their way in from without. But they have to be important to stick with me. I’m not saying this is the way other people should do it. It just works for me.

  • How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?

I play guitar for eight hours a day and I have for two or three years now. You’d think I’d be really good but I’m not. I don’t even play songs. I practice scales and strumming patterns and picking techniques. I don’t know that I could entertain with my guitar playing but I like doing it.

  • Is there a genre you haven’t yet written but would like to try?

I’m interested in the genres of science fiction and action / thriller. I think it’s mostly because my dad likes them and it’d be nice to write something he’d like.

  • How did you pick the titles for your novels and how long did it take you to come up with them?

Usually there’s a line that sticks out. But it was a little different with NINJA VERSUS PIRATE FEATURING ZOMBIES and ZOMBIE VERSUS FAIRY FEATURING ALBINOS. I was just trying to cram in as many keywords as possible.

  • Please tell me about your novel Let’s Not Let A Little Thing Like The End Of The World Come Between Us.

It’s actually a collection of short stories. One is about a young couple that chases forest fires. Another is about a young woman in a cult. One is about a man who witnesses a shooting. They’re all “literary” stories. I wanted to show that I could do that “high art” stuff before I turned to genre fiction. It’s a good book. You should definitely check it out!

  • Please tell me about your How To End Human Suffering series.

The first book in the series is NINJA VERSUS PIRATE FEATURING ZOMBIES. It’s about a sixteen-year-old pirate and spiritual leader named Guy Boy Man. He’s the only living human who can see zombies everywhere, controlling everything. While he rallies others to his cause, which is to end human suffering worldwide and in his high school, Guy struggles to maintain a relationship with a cute, pink-haired girl named Baby Doll15 who has a unicorn that follows her everywhere.

The second book in the series is ZOMBIE VERSUS FAIRY FEATURING ALBINOS. It’s about a depressed zombie named Buck Burger. With his marriage crumbling and a prescription for an anti-depressant in hand, Buck meets a beautiful green-haired pharmacist fairy named Fairy_26. He quickly becomes a pawn in a cold war between zombies and supernatural creatures.

The How To End Human Suffering series is a mash-up of the real and online worlds. To learn more, please visit www.howtoendhumansuffering.com

  • What do readers have to look forward to next?

To keep up with me, please follow me on Twitter @james_marshall and friend me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorjamesmarshall

  • Are you all stocked up and prepared for the apocalypse?

No. I’m not even equipped for regular life. :)

 

NVPFZIn a world where ZOMBIES control banks and governments, only one young man sees the way things are and emerges from the CHAOS and destruction: GUY BOY MAN. While he tries to end human suffering worldwide and in his high school, Guy Boy Man meets a cute PINK-HAIRED girl named BABYDOLL15 who has a UNICORN that follows her everywhere. An EPIC ROMANCE begins, but forces BEYOND THEIR CONTROL are intent on keeping the young couple apart. One of those FORCES may–or may not be!–Guy Boy Man’s closest friend, a handsome African-American NINJA named SWEETIE HONEY; another could be four EXOTICALLY BEAUTIFUL, genetically engineered and behaviorally modified EASTERN EUROPEAN GIRLS; yet another, the principal of their HIGH SCHOOL . . . not to mention an impending standardized test known as the ZOMBIE ACCEPTANCE TEST! Will Guy Boy Man find a way to be with Baby Doll15 in a WORLD WHERE EVERYONE IS DOOMED to become either zombies or zombie food !! Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies is part Napoleon Dynamite, part The Matrix, and ALL AWESOME. It’s the first book in the How To End Human Suffering series.

jamesmarshallJames Marshall’s short fiction has appeared in numerous Canadian literary magazines: PRISM International, The Malahat Review, Exile, The Literary Quarterly, and Prairie Fire. One of his stories was nominated for the National Magazine Award for fiction, the M&S Journey Prize, and it was a finalist in the 22nd Annual Western Magazine Awards, 2004. A collection of his short stories, Let’s Not Let A Little Thing Like The End Of The World Come Between Us, was published by Thistledown Press in 2004, and it was shortlisted for both the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Caribbean and Canada Region) in the “Best First Book” category, and the ReLit Award for short fiction.

James can be reached on his web site / Facebook/ Twitter / Goodreads
His books are available in ebook and print

Sunday Shorts feature and review

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

Jessica from The Bookword Daily who is my uber tuber awesome bff pointed out the cutest little kid book, it’s about a kid zombie afraid of the human child “monster” in his closet. What is little Zed to do?

This is the story of young little Zed
An interesting boy who is very undead.

Like little boys, he sometimes tells lies
And sooner or later he’ll learn that’s not wise.

Crying wolf, is what human boys do,
But for zombie boys, they cry about me and about you.

 

I got this one for my kindle free on amazon and at about 30 pages it’s a breeze, totally cute and I wish I had gotten to read about Zed when I was a kid. At 99 cents currently having little Zed for a friend is a must. Be sure to add There’s A Human In My Closet to your must read list I highly recommend it.

Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater book tour

I’m pleased to have author Rhiannon Frater on again as part of the tour for her latest book Last Bastion of the Living. It is available in ebook and print format. Rhiannon is the zombie queen and writes such fantastic fiction though I am eager to try out her vampire books as well. Variety being the spice of life and all.
In addition I have the amazing cover artist Claudia McKinney of Phat Puppy Art who did such a wonderful job in bringing Last Bastion to us in visual form. They’ll both be sharing about covers, how important they are and how the one for Last Bastion of the Living came to be.

Thank you Rhiannon -

How much input have you had in your covers?

When I self-publish, I have total control. When Tor is my publisher, I can give some
input, but they make the final decision. With THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING, I
had total control over the cover and I love what Claudia McKinney did with it. She had
already created the piece long before I wrote my book, but she tweaked it to fit my
story, which I appreciated.

How large a priority should an author make the cover?

Well, the old saying is “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but that saying is no longer true.
People do judge books by their covers all the time. I know a few self-proclaimed “cover
whores” who will not read a book if the cover isn’t appealing.
Since I decided to independently publish THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING I knew
the cover was incredibly important. I think the cover is really dynamic and immediately
draws in the reader. I love it.

What was your reaction seeing your book in print for the first time?

Stunned amazement! There were a lot of tears!

Does that first reaction lessen over time or do you still feel that same way each time?

It feels different, but awesome every time. Some covers just really pop when you hold
the complete book in your hand. THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING is that way.
It’s such a beautiful book. It’s so striking when you hold it in your hands. It’s an
awesome cover and it looks great in real life. The image wraps all the way around the
book, which gives it some extra power.

Thank you Claudia -

Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve done?

Yes, a piece called “Lucia’s Walk to Heaven” – inspired by my great-grandmother, Lucia Bartolai.

What is the process of cover design? Do you read the book, get scenes only from the author or just an idea to work with?

Unfortunately I do not have the time to read all the books I do covers for – I work all day – so it’s an impossible task to read them all. Also for me, less information is more…. i need to know some key elements, etc…
but it’s important if an author is coming to me, that they are doing so because they like my body of work and how I go about creating that “look”. So I ask them to trust me….
:)

How did Rhiannons cover come about?

I had done a piece that Rhiannon felt would work well with her character – we just needed to tweak a few things and make it fit even more… :)
I always find that when authors license one of my current available covers – they have better successes….. i think because they resonate already with something they see in the current work that totally fits their character and/or storyline.

Do you have other creative outlets?

Yes… i am doing a lot of photography now…… so that is one great outlet for me…. but the best outlet of all come with the names, Catie, Bernadette, Francis and Sean — my four children.
They make it all so worth it – never a dull moment and so much fun!

 

The Bastion was humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. A fortified city with a high wall, surrounded by lush land rich with all the resources needed to survive, protected by high mountain summits, and a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion became the last stronghold of the living on earth. But one fateful day, the gate failed and the Inferi Scourge destroyed the human settlements outside the walls and trapped the survivors inside the city. Now decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city as resources and hope dwindle.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of her lover, Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

 

Angelkiller by H. David Blalockis free on amazon today and tomorrow. Be sure to get your copy of this great book. I sure liked it.

 

 

 

 

 

Now my teaser from My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

 

 

 

My stress levels were so high that when my cell phone rang I let out a shriek and damned near threw the bag containing the tub of brains into the air. Yeah, that would have been an impressive mess.

 

 

Angel Crawford is a loser

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.

Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she’s hungriest!

Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat.

Literally.

The Infection by Craig DiLouie

I was browsing amazon one day and while looking at a zombie book The Infection came up as an item that other had purchased. I took a look, read the blurb and said I have to read this. I asked my library to bring it in which they recently did. I also right away contacted the author Craig DiLouie and asked him for an interview. He was awesome and agreed. You can check out the interview which I think is one of the best I’ve had on the blog.

When I got the book I picked it up right before I had to go out, I remember standing in the kitchen reading the prologue next thing I knew I was pacing back and forth while reading. All I thought was damn this book is freaking awesome! The prologue gives you this uneasy oh crap how much worse will it get feel.

Many zombie books are hopeful and uplifting. The survivors are the light in the darkness and yes that’s true here. The story is usually a hard and difficult  journey for them and this also was true here. The Infection however is less of a dose and is instead more of a bitch slap of reality of how it could well be. Now as prepared as we all like to think we are and look at our canned food and wonder how long it would last and how bad ass we would be in that kind of situation the truth is it’s not going to happen, good thing too because most people would end up eaten. Despite this The Infection creates a total terror right to the marrow. I read this book and as I said in my Teaser Tuesday post it does make you go oh shit that’s bad frequently. It is amazing to me what Craig did, this is one of the best if not the best zombie book I’ve ever read.

I’ve read reviews on amazon giving it excellent ratings or bad ones. Many do not like one aspect of the story this being the mutation that affects The Infected. I for one think if we’re reading a book about people rising and suddenly chewing on their fellow citizens to forward on the infection then you should go into the book with an open mind and a little imagination. And if this is all you can come up with as an issue that it didn’t fit in your box of what a zombie book “should” be as mutation is never allowed then I don’t think you’ve actually come up with a negative.

I loved the characters, I loved the alternating perspective of today and flash back to each characters experience through their time before and during the outbreak. Craig creates a stark brutal world and the most terrifying zombie scenario I have ever read. This book should be read in the bathroom so you don’t wet yourself in fright. Really it’s a scary read and an awesome one.  If you are a zombie book lover and have yet to read The Infection add it to your TBR list and bump it to the top. It should be mandatory for any zombie lover.

Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world.

A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.

Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what’s left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all–a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of Infection.