My brother and I used to make regular road trips to New England to visit family. On almost every single one of them, we ended up having a very similar debate: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, which members of our family would survive?
There weren't many. Much as I love my extended family, we are by and large a bunch of wine-guzzling, non-confrontational peaceniks. Unless the key to surviving the zombies is getting sozzled at my uncle's lake house, my relatives are in trouble.
Anyway, the conversations came about because my brother and I have both always loved zombies. It's an unnecessary, silly infatuation, but it's ours. And it manifested itself, some years ago, in my determination to write a zombie novel.
That novel - and two sequels that I have yet to write - will be published, with the first one scheduled to come out May 19 of next year, the second a year later, and the third another year later. They're being published by a Nashville-based publisher called Permuted Press, whose slogan is "Enjoy the Apocalypse," so at least I've found my people.
It's a lifelong dream of mine to write a book, and the fact that I'll get to write a trilogy is beyond anything I ever imagined. I don't typically do "happy" well, but I'm getting way, way better at it since I got this news.
Anyway, this post is just because I wanted to write about it somewhere. I am crazy excited about this, and if you like (a) zombies, (b) my writing, or (c) being nice to a stranger, you should pre-order one as soon as that's an option - and rest assured, I'll let you know when that day comes.
Seriously, y'all, I'm ‘bout to be a published novelist of a zombie tale. Nothing can touch me today.
Oh yeah, fantasy analysis. Um ... Clayton Kershaw is a must-start. There. Justified my place on a fantasy site.