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Monday, October 22, 2012

BBT Virtual Book Tour: Corpse Days by Jonathon Kane

Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a drink?
·         Vampires Wind
·         Witches Brew
·         Zombie Blast

Zombie Blast.  Make it a double.

Wonderful...Zar, please bring Jonathon his drink please.

 Thank you Zar. Now that we're settled in, let's chat.

BK:  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I wrote a short story and received a really good review from a friend who’s an avid reader.  Positive feedback goes a long way with me.

BK:  Please tell us a little bit about your current release...

Corpse Days takes place in a world that has survived a Zombie Apocalypse.  In this world, zombies are kind of just a nuisance… that can eat you.  There are rules and a system in place to deal with them.  Most people long for an end to the Disease, but others want to exploit it.   

BK:  What inspired this particular novel/book?

The short answer is Halloween.  This is my favorite time of year.  I find the horror genre of entertainment very compelling.

BK:  How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I withheld from making it a gore-fest.  There is some gore, of course, but I tried to focus on good character development and an interesting story as well.

BK:  What was the hardest thing about writing this story?

Ending it.  A lot of things needed to come together at the end, so when I felt I was getting close, I actually had to outline it, which I did not do for the rest of the story.

BK:  Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

Heather Storm.  No doubt about it.  She had the best fight scenes.

BK:  Tell us about the one scene you had the most fun writing…

I really enjoy writing dialog, so the scene where the members of the team were playing cards and telling stories of their first zombie encounters was fun for me.

BK:  Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series? OR If it is a series, what inspired it to become a series?

It’s a two part series.  The second book is called The Calm Before.  I knew pretty early on how I was going to end the first book and I was happy with it, but when I got there, I realized there had to be more. I also felt it would be cool to bring back some of the lesser developed characters from the first book.

BK:  Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?

I’m incredibly busy.  Unfortunately, I have a full-time job that doesn’t involve writing.  We do what we have to do, though.  Wait… that wasn’t fun at all.  Sorry.

BK:  What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I play as much hockey as I possibly can.  I also play guitar in a band.

BK:  What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I’ve only seen one episode of The Walking Dead.

BK:  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?

I honestly have not been reading as much as I want to lately.  The last books I read - Harry Potter.

BK:  What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?

Keep trying.  I’ve started and stopped many stories.  Hitting a wall is natural.  It happens.  Not every story is meant to go the distance.

BK:  What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a collaboration project with another writer.  It’s going to be horror, but there won’t be any zombies, werewolves or vampires.  We’re six chapters into it, and I’m really happy with the way it’s going so far.

BK:  Where can readers connect with you?

I can be reached at jonathonkane1@gmail.com and also on Facebook.

Corpse Days
Jonathon Kane

Genre:  Horror


Number of pages:  169
Word Count:  53,132

Cover Artist:  Steven Novak

Book Blurb:

Is this the end of the world? Is the Rapture upon us? Has a Zombie Apocalypse arrived? That's a matter of opinion, but it doesn't hurt to be a licensed Shooter in these uncertain times.

Meet Stan Norton - a middle-aged Shooter with a haunting past. He wants little to do with the living dead and less to do with the living, until that is, a mysterious young woman with an affinity for guns and martial arts enters his life. An adventure begins and the hunt is on for a reclusive enemy, as the clock ticks down toward a full-blown resurgence of the Corpse Days.

 Short Excerpt:
“So what do you say, Stan?”
“Yeah, what do you say?  Wanna join our merry band of zombie hunters?” questioned Jay.
“You’re the only merry one,” played Javier.
“Yeah… I’m the merry one.”
“Seriously,” pleaded Heather with a hint of longing in her eyes.  “We could use one more.  Safety in numbers, Stan.”
“I’ll… have to think about it.”
“Okay.  Well, think about it at our place tonight then.  We have a cabin in the woods down the road from here… plenty of room, a king-sized bed, and the fridge is stocked full of beer,” she offered.
Stan contemplated the offer for a few seconds.  He was exhausted from the road trip and sore from his run-in with the living dead earlier.
“Sure, if you don’t mind.”
“Our place is your place,” called out Jay enthusiastically.
“Well boys, I got this one,” announced Heather to a receptive audience.
Stan got up so that Heather could get out of the booth.  She walked up to the counter, and paid the bill with cash.  As she collected her change, she noticed a news broadcast on a small television mounted up in the corner behind the register.  She listened closely to hear what the newscaster was saying over the noise of the restaurant.
“Earlier today, this video was shot of a man walking around downtown Mobile.”
The video was shaky.  Panned out, it showed the side view of a man in a well-tailored suit slowly walking down a sidewalk.  He was holding a briefcase.  No one else seemed to be around.  When the camera quickly zoomed in, the man still appeared to be perfectly normal.  He had dark, slicked back hair and short sideburns.  However, his profile was partially hidden due to the angle at which he was being shot, and when he turned his head, the reason why someone was filming him became dreadfully obvious.  He was facing the camera, but he was not looking into it.  He was not capable of looking into it because he had no eyes.  The frame froze there.
“Oh my gosh,” gasped a waitress who was standing next to Heather, looking up in awe.
And there it was—in the upper left corner of the screen—the poster child for the new zombie movement.  Where the windows to the soul would be, this thing had neither.  Its humanity left behind somewhere, yet inexplicably, it still moved on—transformed from someone with a purpose to something with a purpose.  Heather wondered if he ever had a soul to begin with.
“The man was processed by an off-duty police officer.  He has yet to be identified,” concluded the newscaster.
“This really is the end of the world, isn’t it?” asked the gum-chewing waitress, still staring at the grotesque image in the background.
“Depends on who you ask,” replied Heather coolly.

About the Author:Corpse Days is Jonathon Kane's debut novel.  A zombie story was a natural fit for him, as he loves all things Halloween.  He felt he could bring human emotions other than just fear into this corner of the horror genre.  In high school, he began writing short stories.  However, only when Heather Storm came along—the main character of Corpse Days —did he realize a novel was possible.  Jonathon has recently finished the sequel to Corpse Days, titled The Calm Before.


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Bookish Fangirl said...

Your book sounds really interesting! *Pit Crew*

Unknown said...

Thanks, Tanya. I appreciate the comment. Jonathon Kane