Interview – Sylvester Barzey – Planet Dead Bloodthirsty

Book Name and Description – Planet Dead: Bloodthirsty

Catherine Briggs is having a very messed up year. Her car got stolen, her family thinks she’s dead, there’s an unwelcome late night visitor at her door and oh yeah, the world’s become infested with zombies!

Catherine is on a mission to find her family, no matter the cost, but fate seems to have other plans in store for her.

Will she find her family before the rest of the world falls into this new era of hell or will Catherine Briggs became just another zombie in…

Planet Dead: Bloodthirsty!


Interview Questions:

What gave you the idea for Planet Dead: Bloodthirsty?

Well, all I wanted to do was write some zombie short stories and put them together like an Anthology. While I was going I started thinking tying them together into one story would be great.

And they I tossed all that and decided to focus on my favorite character Catherine Briggs. She was a badass mama bear who was out to save the day and I remember when I was talking to my wife one night and she changed my whole story.

I was looking into writing for independent comics and there was this movement going on to show more black heroes and I was like “this is awesome! I wanna be apart of this.” My wife looked at me and asked “why isn’t Catherine black?” And I laughed it off like, she can’t be black and then it clicked in my head the reason I thought that was because I never really saw a Black Final Girl in horror.

After that I set out to create an amazing final girl that is all about representation for people of color.

What got you into writing in this genre?

At the time I started writing my book The Walking Dead wasn’t on tv and the Zombie craze hadn’t hit yet. So I thought I could put this zombie book out and everyone will love it because I love zombies. I was 7 years late but I still love zombies and horror so I’m gonna be in this genre for a while.

How long have you been writing?
professionally? Only 2 years, full time for only a few months. But I’ve been writing all my life really. Poems, short stories, one liners. I write whenever and wherever.

What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like? What have been the biggest influences on your writing?

I wake up at 8.

I shower, brush my teeth, eat and get a cup of tea.
I put on my playlist and blast music.

Then I hit the keys until 1:30 and sometimes I just write on my phone throughout the day.

That’s my writing day. I could be in my office all day everyday but that’s not fair to my family and my wife who runs her own business. So I decided to just give myself work hours.

Movies. People tell me my books feel like movies and that’s because that’s how I write them. They play out in my head like a movie. I sit and I think if I was watching this what would I want to happen? What would I want to see and I do it. So Netflix and Shudder help me with my writing a lot.

Book wise I would have to say Bobby Adair and his Slow Burn Series. That thing was so awesome, all I want to do is write something half as awesome as that.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think more about the overall story and the path of the series more than I did when I first started. I plot a little more than I did before.

So I’m still growing as a writer and as good as I got this year, I’ll be 10 times better next year.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Vellum and My echo dot are two things that I can’t do without. Being able to quickly format and edit my books is a lifesaver and my dot is the ultimate spell check and keeps me pumped with my music.

Invest to be the best!

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I suck as marketing, which is bad because I’m a marketing student but I have flyers and I sign up for promotions like fussy librarian and things like that.

The best thing you can do is try new things. I’ve mostly done well with reaching out to bloggers personally and having them check out my book. Most loved it and left reviews and I’m building up slowly.

What piece of your own work are you most proud of?

The short story that I did for the Undead Worlds anthology. It’s called “Adam” I feel like it’s the best thing I’ve written so far and it really shows the tone that I want my Planet Dead Series to have.

What are you doing next?
I’m working on an exclusive book for my Planet Dead fans and working on book two as well. Both should be out before the year is over and another anthology because I’m addicted.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Just go out and do it! It’s 2017 and there is no better time to chase a dream than now. All the information is at your fingertips, every form of building a fanbase is at your fingertips so if you really want it, now is the time to get it.

Tomorrow you might be dead…what? It’s true.

Sylvester Barzey is a father, a husband, a soldier, and an “Anything Goes HORROR” writer.

What does “Anything Goes HORROR” entail?

  • Missing Children
  • Deadly Wives
  • Haunted Baby Rattles
  • Vampires That Don’t Sparkle & Don’t Believe In Dating Their Food Source! Would You Date A Cow?
  • Werewolves
  • Zombies (A Whole Lot Of F#@king Zombies)
  • Oh & Some Bad Words.

He writes what he wants and does what he likes and what he likes is HORRIFYING!
Pick up this book or one of his others today.
Something Scary For Every HORROR LOVER!