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My newest short story is out and I’m especially fond of this one for a few reasons. For one, I designed the cover myself. Now I have done a couple of my covers but nothing stands out like this one. I got permission to use the artwork and I think it fits perfectly. Another reason is that this story took more time than most. I had no idea where I wanted to take it so I just started writing and it fell together. It took a few months though, unlike many of the others. The other reason is that I put a lot into it, making sure that the initial reactions I got were taken into consideration so what you see is a second or third edition of the story. Basically, I fleshed it out more thanks to some advice. I hope you enjoy it and you can find it here.
Well, this is certainly true. I do try to read all of my older books again but sometimes it’s hard since there are so many to read. I used to read The Stand and Swan Song every year but I have to admit I have not done that lately. I think it’s time to start doing this again. I think I will only keep a copy of an older book in my reading list that includes real books and keep reading the new stuff on my Kindle. We’ll see how this goes but I’m actually reading an older one right now that I found. I had loaned it out years ago and could not find it again. I did a search on Amazon for a certain name of someone in the book and found it.
I was recently so excited to receive an invitation to Ink Slinger Books. They have awesome anthologies that I am lucky to have been able to read and now I can contribute as well. This is an amazing opportunity and I’m so grateful to my new friend, A.J. Armitt. Check out his books; you won’t be disappointed.
My new short story is out and you can check it out on Amazon. Keep in mind that if you have a prime membership that you can borrow it for free. Check out We Interrupt this Program and I hope you like it. Here is the cover art.
When I started writing about Darlene Bobich and zombies, I had no idea how far it would go… and I’m still not sure where the end will actually be.
I’m sure every writer wants to find that special character, the one they might be known for in their future. Am I known for Darlene Bobich and the Dying Days series? Kinda.
I’ve been asked to do interviews as Darlene Bobich, I had a fan create a Twitter account for Darlene Bobich (but once I explained that there really was a real, live person named Darlene Bobich, she took it down – now I wish it was still up because, well, that’s just cool) and I get more questions from fans about Darlene than about the actual zombies in the world. No one wants to know how my zombie apocalypse actually started (and I won’t tell anyway) but they want to know about the Desert Eagle she carries, and I’ve had someone ask if I had a map of her route from Maine to Florida that I used, with dates on when she hit certain cities. Um, I don’t.
My favorite e-mail came from a woman who absolutely loved the Dying Days series and told me why, and I was so touched that my story could make someone like it so much to write me that I put her and her family in a tale in the upcoming Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days collection. That is pretty cool to me, and makes me want to keep writing and exploring the world I created.
A couple of people have asked me what other series mine is most like. I have no idea, to be honest. I’d like to think mine is unique, and I’d also like to think it holds up against other great series of zombie stories. My five touring zombie author buddies come to mind when I think of great tales of the undead. I’m proud to be associated with each and every one of them, in fact.
As you can tell, I love questions about Darlene Bobich and the Dying Days series… and I hope people keep reading them and keeping asking. I’ll do my best to answer.
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All six of us – Todd Brown, Mark Tufo, Ian Woodhead, Armand Rosamilia, John O’Brien and Dave Jeffery – hope you’ll keep following us on the Summer of Zombie blog tour, and comment as we go along.
And… one lucky commenter for each blog will receive a Free eBook or Print book from one of the authors! Simply leave a comment with your e-mail address and we’ll pick a random winner each day! Simple as that!
I found a cute search term in my site stats tonight. A couple of people looked up the term “klein’s peaceable kingdoms twist” and I guess it led them to my blog. I found it cute that someone took the time to actually look up the twist but the story is free on Smashwords. Why not just download it? I guess I should be honored that someone took the time to try and find out the twist in the first place. It’s kind of like when you go on Amazon and type in Shauna K and my name pulls up. It means others have searched for that name. Not a bad thing I guess. But seriously, if you want to know the twist, get the story. Either buy it on Amazon or download it and then let me know what you think. 🙂
I’ve been so busy, which is a good thing. The only bad part is that it has not been on my own stuff, it’s been on work that I need to bring in a paycheck. I did finish my one story and I haven’t published it yet because I wanted to try it out with some places I submitted it to. I’ll wait a while and see how that goes but I don’t have patience usually so to be honest, I’d like to go ahead and publish it. However, it’d be great if someone did want to publish it so I’m caught between waiting to see if that happens and wanting to just set it free and let everyone read it that wants to.
I have my next story in mind too but due to having to do other thing, I haven’t started on it yet. There’s no hurry though. I’d rather it be good than something I wrote really fast that doesn’t read well.
Wish me luck on finding that happy medium between having time to write and having enough work to keep me busy as well.
I have my new story just about done but I’ve been letting some nice people read it to give me constructive criticism. This brings me to the point I’m trying to make about perception and subjectivity. Two people gave me ideas on how to fix a few things and their feedback was so very much appreciated. The last person that read it loved it just how it was sent to them and said it was their favorite story of mine so far. Funny how one person can love something and others don’t.
It’s like if I go see a movie and love it but my friend thinks it’s trash, that bugs me. I’m not sure why but it does. For instance, I loved Sucker Punch and Hunger Games. Yet my friend Melissa didn’t really care for Hunger Games and hated Sucker Punch. That still bugs me to this day.
My point is, sometimes you simply have to just take the good and the bad and grow with it. If not for the first two friends, I wouldn’t have realized my mistakes in this story. If not for the third, I wouldn’t have seen how much someone actually loved it.
I’m saving this one to submit to a couple of places before I publish it because some places won’t take anything that’s been published elsewhere. Wish me luck.