Today on the FlipSide I have the pleasure of presenting a guest post by John O’Brien. If you haven’t been acquainted with John yet, let’s take a moment to introduce him…
John O’Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, John became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry in corporate management. Currently, John is writing full-time on the series, A New World.
As a former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the Capital Forest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.
So without further ado…
Zombies You Say
Hello there. I’m John O’Brien and I write the series, A New World. I just released a companion book to the series titled, A New World: Storm.
I’ve been asked more than a few times why I write about zombies or in this genre. Okay, I guess I should mention first off that the creatures in the series aren’t technically zombies, so I just close my eyes and nod. The post-apocalyptic world creates the ultimate survival situation. Or not, depending on your point of view. It’s in this world that I would spend most of my time daydreaming. The various situations, things that would arise, items I would need, how to gather supplies, and set up for long-term survival. In the midst of these wanderings, a story was born. It wasn’t until I was introduced to the zombie genre that I began to incorporate them into my ‘stories’. They threw an extra element of survival and danger into the mix. So, I pondered the slow-moving zombie hordes. Then, the idea of fast moving creatures entered and the story was born, itching to get out. Several of the situations I envisioned merged into one larger story. The more I delved along this line, the more it wanted to be told until I just had to sit down and begin.
It is not about someone with super hero powers, but just a normal person having to deal with the sudden demise of the civilized world as we know it. Facing the situation with what he has at hand, and having to learn about everything that happened as he goes along. I wrote it in the first person so the reader could track along with his thoughts, the reasoning behind his actions, what he saw and reacted to, both in the physical world and inside of his head. The reader could trek along with him as he journeys through a post-apocalyptic world. And thus, Jack Walker was created. The thoughts that I have running in my head fused with Jack, but he also became his own person who surprised me at times. Okay, maybe not that much, but the other characters sure did. I like them and they all live within me. Jack, Lynn, Robert, Bri, Gonzalez, McCafferty, Bannerman, Frank, the lot of them. I still think about them often.
I generally try to stay away from reading within the genre as I don’t want to subconsciously take anyone else’s ideas. However, with that said, you can’t go wrong with stories written by Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, Armand Rosamilia, James Cook, Joe McKinney, Heath Stallcup, and a host of others.
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The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.
Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #WinterZombie2014
AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in November, here’s the complete list, updated daily: