Interview – David A. Simpson – Zombie Road Convoy of Carnage

Book Name and Description: Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

A New Zombie Series that is fast-paced, relevant to today’s headlines, and has a unique take on the Zombie Genre without disregarding the traditional zombie norms.

37 Reviews on Amazon, 4.8 out of 5 stars!

Amazon Book Summary:

The people that tried to kill the world were fiendishly clever.

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place and lucky enough that some of them had the skills they needed, soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

In the high desert on the outskirts of Reno, there is an old truck stop frequented by a mix of hard caliber truckers, day tourists, musicians and travelers. They have survived the chaotic first hours of contact with the undead and now must make their way across the country to a location they believe is safe. Zombies are only the beginning of their troubles as they try to cover the thousands of miles of open road with their hastily armored 18-wheelers.

Gunny, a long haul trucker doing one of the few jobs available to him as a disgraced soldier, is unwillingly saddled with the job of getting these survivors to the safe zone. With a motley crew of truck drivers, college kids, veterans, a drug dealer and a rock star, they are racing the clock to make it before time runs out. The last text he had received from his wife before the cell towers went down told him she was trapped in a high-rise in downtown Atlanta and their son was in detention, stranded in the basement of the school he attended. Gunny just wanted to drop the hammer, steal some guns and blast his way in to rescue them but duty called. He had to get these people to safety first, then he could recruit the best of this crew to help him save his family.

If they survive the journey.

Amazon Review: 5 stars

Anyone that makes you laugh OUT LOUD with just the written word takes great talent! Add a kick ass story that’s amazingly well written from the first page AND has well rounded, believable characters that you can’t help but love, makes for one of the best books of this genre I have read in a very long time. Laughing out loud isn’t the only thing that’ll be coming out of your mouth either, so don’t read around the littles and if you have a swear jar wherever you are when you read it, be prepared to owe a small fortune to it by the end of this tale extraordinaire!!! Well done D.A. Simpson!!! When’s the next one due because I’m ready right now!

Interview:

What gave you the idea for Zombie Road: Covey of Carnage?

Headlines in the newspapers. Thinking about what the world would be like if 95% of the people were suddenly undead. How would the survivors REALLY react and what they would do.

What got you into writing horror?

I’ve always been a fan, ever since collecting old issues of Creepy, Eerie and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines as a kid. This book is my first and I’ve had the basics of this story (and a bunch of others) bouncing around in my head for years. I finally had to write it down, get it out.

How long have you been writing?

If you count the blurbs I did for the Cannonball Run winners on Instagram, the first creative things I’ve written since high school was in February 2015.

Tell us about your past books and stories?

This is the first book. I’ve written a half dozen “stories” about racing and the people involved but it wasn’t widely read, just by a handful of enthusiasts in a secret group on Facebook. But that was enough to get the creative ideas flowing and long buried dreams of ‘being a writer’ came bubbling back up.

What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like?

I drive a truck. So, after a typical 12-hour day of fighting traffic, construction and all manner of laughably bad drivers, I open the laptop and sit on my bunk and hammer away at the words.

What is your favorite book (other than your own book, of course) and why?

Just one? I’ll cheat and name a series: The Harry Potter books and the Gunslinger series are tied for #1.

What are you doing next?

Zombie Road 2. I need to finish the story so the capering madman in my head will leave me alone.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Write. Your first work may not be good but write anyway. There are a lot of very successful people who started out writing bad fan fiction. Plow ahead until you succeed at what it is you want whether it’s just to hold your own book in your hands or see a story published in a magazine. If you are meant to be a writer, you will be. Even Hallmark cards had someone write the witty prose inside of them so I believe there is a niche for anyone who loves the craft.

bio:

Over the hill truck driver. Former Soldier, repo man, bounty hunter, log cabin builder, Leather Shop owner, factory worker, golf course lawn mower guy, Burger King burger flipper (yes, I asked “Would you like fries with that?”) world traveler. Millionaire once, homeless twice. Two time world record holder for ‘Cannonball Run’ type transcontinental races and proud parent of awesome kids.

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 Book Link on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Road-Carnage-David-Simpson-ebook/dp/B01N7ZHNEL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489968782&sr=8-1&keywords=Zombie+Road%3A+Convoy+of+Carnage

Author Link on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/David-A.-Simpson/e/B01MUI11C9/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1