Today I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with author Zack Kullis. If you haven’t come across any of Zack’s work yet, you should seek it out. But before we get to my pressing questions, let’s get to know him a little first…
Zack Kullis is an author of dark fiction, including psychological thrillers, dark fantasy, and conventional horror. He is the author of Smite the Damned, Realm Crossing, and various pieces of short fiction. Zack is also a member of Pen of the Damned. He has been featured on Park City television. Zack Kullis works full time for the FBI.
Welcome Zack, now let’s delve into these questions I keep referring to. Using ten words or less, tell me about your work.
My work is visceral, engaging, angst-filled and hellishly entertaining.
What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
I would have to go with Duality by Slipknot. It starts out relatively slow and builds into this frenzied song that is oozing energy and emotion. I want my work to illicit emotional responses from my readers, and this song does the very same thing with me. Secondly, there is nothing tame or apprehensive about this song. I would hope that the movie would be the same. If it stays true to the book, the movie would be pretty damned intense.
Great song choice! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
I would want to have Quentin Tarantino (something similar to Sin City) or Guillermo del Toro to direct the story of my life. I have a small list of guys that I would like to play me. This is in no particular order; Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg, or Charlie Hunnam.
Oh del Toro would be awesome!! Tell me about your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I am a planner as far as the bare bones of the story, but I also do a fair amount of shooting from the hip. What usually happens is an idea will hit me and I quickly put it into a short story. I know whether or not I want to pursue a full length novel with the story by the time I am near the end. I type my works directly into the word processor. When I’m finished, my first edit is in the word processor, and then the second edit is on paper. Then I hand it off for additional editing.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
My biggest regret is not starting sooner. I wish I would have started down this road when I was in my early 20’s. Just do it. Just write it. I haven’t been seriously writing for very long, but I can already see vast improvement in my work. If I would have started this 20 years ago, who knows where I would be at this point. I’m talented. I pen some pretty gnarly stuff, I could have been much farther down this road.
That’s great advice! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
Pet Sematary and Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, and Seed by Ania Ahlborn.
I loved Seed! Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Espresso
- Cats or dogs? Dogs (big dogs)
- Snow or sun? Sun (without any hesitation)
- Print books or eReader? Both, I refuse to part with print, or give up the ease of the eReader.
- Nachos or potato chips? Nachos
- Baked or fried? Fried
- Candy or chocolate? Neither (salty please)
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? HORROR
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action.
- Classics or Modern? Modern
- Old World or New World? New World.
- Sweet or spicy? Spicy
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort (ride a fat cruiser rather than a bullet bike)
Thank you Zack for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to connect with Zack and keep up with all of his work, you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, his blog, and his website. You can also watch his interview on television in Park City on YouTube!
And now let’s take a sneak peek into Zack’s Smite the Damned…
When Keith Da Silva finally confronts the circumstances surrounding his mother’s death, his eyes are opened to the darkness that is waging an ancient war against humanity. Keith is physically confronted by demonic forces, shattering his view of reality, and fights for his life with beings that live on pain and death.
In Smite the Damned, legions of spirits and demons fight alongside an ancient evil, the Nephilim, that have been hiding among their human prey. Keith is asked to help keep the dark forces at bay, and becomes a hunter of the damned. But, his role as a hunter soon brings anguish and death to his family and friends. With only a few people to help, Keith takes the battle to the forces of the Dark Lord, and ultimately, is pulled into a fight within a grand demon’s personal realm.
Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!