Dr. Davidson walks across the lab and turns a computer screen towards the soldiers with different views of microscopic bacteria, he begins to show the men the bacteria they had been working on.
“This bacteria has fought off every antibiotic I've tried; Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Clindamycin, Cephalexin, you name it I've used it. This bacteria travels through the bloodstream, from the initial point of entry, it makes its way to the brain. The bacteria then uses the healthy neurons in the frontal lobe for replication, destroying the brain in the process. All bodily functions cease. By stopping the heart of the infected, the subject is clinically “dead." The brain however, through ways beyond my understanding continues to function. The undead brain is able to manipulate the body but isn’t dependent on any other vital organs. This new organism is very difficult to kill. They become a member of the risen, the undead, for lack of a better word...a zombie. Victims succumb to the infection within 24 hours, in some cases the subject has turned in as little as 2 hours. Only trauma to the brain itself will completely bring down the victim.”
Ask the Author...
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
I’m not a full time author (unfortunately) I work for a big company that gives me odd hours. I enjoy spending time with my loud, chaotic family. My wife and I have six children, 2 boys and 4 girls. My wife and I enjoy our morning cup of coffee together and we try to take walks together as often as we can. My family life seems pretty average, my kids enjoy running and biking outside and my Littles spend hours chasing bubbles in our front yard.
What’s your perfect writing environment?
I honestly need to get myself in the correct mindset to write. I have a few playlists I listen to prior to writing. It really depends on what I’m writing. I get into a good headspace, then I have a playlist with solely instrumentals so I’m not distracted by lyrics, and amazingly enough I can really get going when I have my playlists turned up.
Plotting or Pantsing?
I am completely amazed by “Pantsers” I’ve tried numerous times and have crashed and burned every single time. I have a system to outlining my stories. It’s very detailed, very intricate and it does take quite a bit of effort. But on that same note, my first draft is usually decent. I also believe that because of my outline I can avoid writers block. The outline I wrote for my first book “The K Strain: The Beginning” was just short of 11,000 words.
Can you tease us with something about your upcoming WIP?
Well my current WIP is the second book in my Zombie Apocalypse Series “The K Strain” I’m still working on the full title. But it does directly connect with the first book. You will see some characters that you’ve met before, and several other characters who you will be introduced to for the first time. The second book kicks up the action and chaos, and also has a bit of a softer side.
If your book could be made into a TV show/movie, who would star in it?
This is a great question, I’m a movie buff so I have given this some thought.
SGT Major Dixon- Jaime Foxx
Dr. Davidson- Jeremy Strong
John Smith- Josh Brolin
I only went with the first three main characters, my story has a large number of characters and I figured 20 separate actors would be a bit much.
How many WIPs do you have in your computer right now?
At this moment I have six stories that have some sort of outline. Three including my current are part of my Zombie Apocalypse Series. The last three are separate stand alone novels. Also the three stand along veer from the Zombie genre.
Does this story have a playlist or a soundtrack? If yes, can you tell us a few songs that inspired you?
For “The K Strain: The Beginning” I had two main playlists and I think two songs that I felt were “Go To” songs were:
Way Down We Go - KALEO
Darker Side - Johnny Lang
These two, for me, got me into a good mindset for this book series.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
I’m definitely a Glass Half Full kind of guy, I think my life has had some times that weren’t so good and had I looked at it from a glass half empty mentality, I don’t know if I would’ve been able to pull myself out of it.
Who would you rather be? A ninja or a pirate?
I would definitely want to be a pirate, I live less than 20 minutes from the Pacific and I’ve always loved the ocean.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
As a child I wanted to be a pilot, it’s something that is still on my bucket list. I will eventually get my pilot's license.
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