Blaze is doing an intro to the intro that Armand Rosamilia is doing for me. How cool. The Summer Of Zombie Blog Tour is about . . .Zombies. Ta da! And of course, it is about Zombie Writers, of which there are six involved here: Todd Brown, Armand Rosamilia, Mark Tufo, John O'Brien, Ian Woodhead, and Dave Jeffery. Join the party as six dudes who write about these damnations take part in blogs, interviews, and carnage. Sounds like a great fun time to be had by all. Enjoy the two month long show of festivities and things to be won and gory sights to see and feel. I'm watching and taking notes. I write about Zombies too, and if you don't participate, I shudder to think what my beasties could do to you. Just saying.
Summer of Zombie Blog Tour
Our first real stop on the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour finds old friend Blaze McRob welcoming us! Of course, he is smart enough to keep his distance and have a machete handy… just in case.
Author Todd Brown is first to step up and offer his take on zombies, writing, Border Collies and quotes from Gene Simmons.
My name is Todd Brown. I write. Ever since a sixth grade project where the teacher put a single sentence on the board and said, "write a one page story using this sentence," and I wrote seven pages (typed with my left and right index finger), I knew that writing was my dream job.
I am the author of the Zomblog series (Zomblog, Zomblog II, and Zomblog: The Final Entry), and will be hard at work on Zomblog: Snoe this summer. And, the DEAD series (DEAD: The Ugly Beginning, DEAD: Revelations, DEAD: Fortunes & Failures, and DEAD: WInter-released May 30th). The DEAD series will be twelve books when it is completed.
Zomblog is told in a blog/journal format. It started as a project to prepare me for the genre as a writer and was initially never going to be published. It was received well enough to convince me to write a trilogy. At that point, I was prepared to say goodbye to the franchise. However, enough emails have convinced me to return. I have always said that I write what my readers want and their requests have been enough for me to resume the story.
The DEAD books are envisioned as a twelve part series. One of its unique traits is that the story is told in a three chapter rotation: Steve's story- a first person narrative; The Geeks-a story of four self-professed zombie geeks who quickly discover that the zombie apocalypse is not as cool as they thought; and Vignettes-several stories that sometimes meld into each other and act as snapshots of the world as it falls to the zombie menace.
My life has been anything but boring. I've been a submarine sonar man, a club DJ, a sports talk radio host, a prison inmate, a GED tutor, and a music teacher. I have four marriages and three divorces and I only really regret one of the marriages. I've played football at the North Pole, seen the Pyramids of Giza and the ruins of Rome.
Now that I'm in my forties, I've calmed down and really learned to appreciate all I've had, seen, and done. People who know me are a bit overwhelmed and it took those constant reactions to realize that my life has been full.
My Border Collie, Aoife (pronounced EYE-fa) keeps me from spending every waking moment at my keyboard. Border Collies are NOT lap dogs. They need trips to the beach, mountains, or any of the wonderful hiking trails here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I enjoy playing guitar in my spare time, and have been in a few bands There is something unexplainable about stepping up to the mike and singing or looking into an audience-be it forty or four hundred-after nailing a guitar solo. But that's what I do for fun.
As I said earlier, I write. Really, a lot of credit goes to ex-wife number three (Kathy). She learned of my dream after finding one of my old notebooks. She told me I had to write. "If you don't, you'll always wonder." So I wrote "DAKOTA". She never wavered in her support...just her tolerance for my selfishness and spirit crushing ways.
After a lot of cognitive workshop attendance, I learned that I was quite a jerk.
Fortunately, wife #4 (Denise) picked me up, dusted me off, handed me a pen and said, "Chase your dream. I believe in you." So I re-wrote and re-wrote (etc, etc,) "DAKOTA". I also took up guitar and started college.
Fast forward to Ms. Bose, my college writing teacher. How many of us writers have that one teacher who really gets you. Pushes you. And finds your strengths. After discovering my (unhealthy) love for all things zombie..."Dead" was conceived. My goal is to try and break away from the steady stream of clichéd character types and story lines. I want this to be a series and for the characters to grow and gain depth.
I write for a few reasons. First, I love a good story. That is what drives me. However, I'd be a big fat liar if I did not admit to wanting the possible fame and fortune. There is a definite ego gratification in knowing that by putting words on paper I made somebody laugh, cry, or cringe. People can say "I do it for the artistic expression..." blah, blah, blah. I write because I want people to be a fan of my writing. I want you to lose yourself in my story for a few minutes or an hour. And when you're done...I want you to want more. That's t he honest truth.
So, what writers do that for me? Jasper Fforde, Kim Harrison, RA Salvatore, and Laurel K Hamilton. Books that I consider "must read" that aren't from the aforementioned writers? The Stand (best story ever!), The Time Traveler's Wife, Post-Birthday World, and the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R R Martin. That is just my opinion.
My favorite quote is from Gene Simmons of KISS: "Car crashes are neat, but you cant tap your feet to 'em." With that I should say that my favorite band is KISS. I also really enjoy Sarah McLachlin, Manhattan Transfer, Matchbox 20, Fallout Boy, Nickelback and original line up Van Halen.
When I write I listen to Mozart, Holst, or Future Sound of London. The last is perfect for zombie writin' music.
You can contact him at:
email@example.com or visit his website at www.maydecemberpublications.com. You can follow him on twitter @maydecpub and on Facebook under Todd Brown, Author TW Brown, and also under May December Publications.
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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 like Todd Brown even if he does listen to awful music while he writes. Blaze likes to write in absolute silence, other than the sounds of rustling leaves, howling wolves, and screaming zombie victims. Now that's music!
Stay tuned for every day of this exciting Tour!