Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The road not taken, for a reason

Today I'm happy to welcome my friend and space knight, David P. King. I hope you enjoy this little interview I was able to talk him into...

Q: How did The Undead Road come to fruition?
A: I’ve always wanted to write my own zombie story, but it wasn’t until I saw the first episode of The Walking Dead when it finally clicked. This book is also semi-autobiographical, meaning it’s based on how my twisted mind thought about things and perceived the world when I was 15.

My boys LOVE the walking dead, and I have no idea why... but you will totally relate to them!
Q: What are your thoughts on the new trends in publishing?
A: It’s a complicated shift from what I expected when I first set out to publish in the 90s. Self-publishing makes it easier for authors to get their work out without a gatekeeper holding them back. When I couldn’t get traditional publishers to sign this book, “self-publish” was shouted at me from all angles. I figured if my traditional efforts didn’t pan out, why not self-publish?

It's a whole new world - and seems even more competitive than ever!
Q: Do your undead characters resemble anyone you know?
A: A friend of mine won a Zombify Me! contest a while ago. She’s a zombie in the book! Look for Ilima Todd within the pages. And if you’re not nice to me, you’ll get undead soon enough.

That's awesome Ilima is an immortalized zombie! Ha!
Q: Can you share a short section of The Undead that you particularly enjoyed writing (nothing gross please!)?
       Her oncoming baseball bat made me stumble back. My voice caught in my throat as the dog joined in with a bark. This girl was quick! I reached for my .45, but before I could grab the handle, she had me pinned, ready to splatter my brains.
       I closed my eyes, expecting her blow. Nothing happened. I blinked my eyes open. The girl was standing right over me, and she smiled a smile that I would never forget.
      “Now we’re even.”

Ooo - great sneak peek! Wicked smile =)
Q: And finally, how's it going? I hope all is well on the home front! Any good news to share (besides your latest book!)?
A: Truth be told, I’m currently unemployed. I was laid off before the holidays. While I am seeking new work, my writing is the only source of income I have (not much, but better than $0). I’m still writing and looking forward to the writing conference scene this year, and hoping upon hope that I will find a new job to support my family. Please share this book with all you know!

That last question was asked a while ago. I feel bad for nosing in expecting innocent happy stuff. But I'm also glad he shared his struggles because now we can help him by spreading the news about his awesome books. And hopefully it will just be a temporary setback or lead him to something better!

It was so nice to have David over here - it's been too long. And now, here are some details about his fabulous book. The cover is sensational and the story is to die for - poor choice of words? Regardless - check it out!

The Undead Road, My Zombie Summer: Part One
by David Powers King
Publisher: Dashboard Books / CreateSpace
Ebook Release: January 2st, 2016
Paperback: January 26th, 2016
Cover by Steven Novak
Edited by Reece Hanzon

Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

Don't wait! Get yours TODAY!


Visit and leave and comment and/or tweet about The Undead Road (at least once) for a chance to win a free ebook. One out of every 10 comments and tweets is a winner!

"Nothing brings the family together like a #zombie #apocalypse..." #99c #kindle! @DavidPowersKing

About the Author:
David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

And don't forget to join Christine Rains, C Lee McKenzie and I for our uplifting MEME BLOGHOP, February 29 - March 4 ...


S.A. Larsenッ said...

A little insight into the mind of a fifteen-year-old boy... #shivers lol And I love that you zombified a friend! That is cool. I'll look for her. Thanks for the interview, Tara, and best of luck to David!

Sarah Foster said...

Awesome interview and congrats to David! Zombies scare the crap out of me, but I think I would definitely read a book about them over watching a TV show or movie.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Will have to look for Ilima in the pages!

Crystal Collier said...

Woot! This one is on my to-read-list for sure. Can't wait!

M.J. Fifield said...

I love that this is a described as a semi-autobiographical zombie story. That's great.

I love The Walking Dead (even if I do seem to watch half of it while hiding behind a pillow), but I don't think I've ever read a zombie story before. I'm thinking this one will be my first!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

David has a great premise for his book. He has a way of writing teenagers that is realistic even when fighting zombies.

H.R. Sinclair said...

Congrats on the book and I hope it sells like crazy!

David Powers King said...

Had a great time with this interview, Tara. Thank you again! :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. great interview - and fun to see the book is based on David's 15 year old self ... I started watching Walking the Dead .. but it's way too horrific for little old me - so stopped.

Good luck to David though - I loved his 'Woven' .. cheers Hilary

Chrys Fey said...

Congrats to David. I'm definitely add this one to my TBR I just have to tackle the other books waiting for me.

Cynthia said...

I enjoyed reading David's WOVEN and am excited to see he came out with a new book!

Rhonda Albom said...

Congratulations, David.
I will admit that I am not a big fan of zombies, but the description sounds intriguing. Well done.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm sure this book will be amazing!!

Chemist Ken said...

A semi-autobiographical zombie story? Now that's something I haven't heard of before. Good luck with the book, David.

Christine Rains said...

Great interview! It is a whole different world in publishing and it is still shifting around. Good luck to David! :)

Yolanda Renée said...

Exciting stuff, and very informative - Congrats again!

Murees Dupè said...

Great interview. Who doesn't love zombies? I hope David gets a great job soon.

SpacerGuy said...

Hey David I tweeted the Undead Road and I love your winter meme Tara, it reminds me of Uncle Sam Wants You!

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