It is not uncommon to receive interview requests (although not as often as you might actually think). However, I thought that it would be fun to turn the tables on the readers. (Plus it saves me a bunch of work coming up with ideas for blog posts!) Let me present my first such response; a wonderful individual named Kareen Roberts:
1. Which of my books left you feeling just a bit cheated? Why?I wouldn’t use the word cheated but I do wish that Extoterrestrials was longer. Large scary spider-like aliens who suck you dry, terrifying. More please
2. Which of my books would you say was your favorite? Why?I read the Dead series, except for “Spring”, all in one go so it’s hard me to separate them into individual novels. I lived the whole series over months. So it has to be Dead: The Ugly Beginning as it started the journey. I was hooked from the start. Fast pace lots of different characters and no one was guaranteed to survive.
3. Who are some of your favorite authors and why?Luke Duffy his zombie apocalypse is set in Britain. Military unit trying to get home and other survivor stories. Face paced, military strategies and love stories included.
Karine Halle. Experiment in Terror Series. Paranormal Investigators with raunchy love scenes.
4. What is the first book that just got under your skin and made you fall in love with it?Stephen King's The Shining. I still have my fist copy from over 20 years ago.
5. Have you ever considered starting a reading circle or book club? And would you be more likely to do so if you knew that the author would be available to your group for a Q & A session (either via Skype or Google+ hangouts) when you all finished?
6. If you have read my DEAD series, then you are familiar with Garrett McCormick. I have had a lot of criticism regarding my creation and inclusion of that particular character. Do you feel I went too far?
7. If the zombie apocalypse did occur, how well do you think women and children will fare in general?
8. Do you think society has any hope if such a thing as the zombie apocalypse were to actually occur, or, as I have often suggested, do we lose too many of the “good guys” early on and end up left with those in the middle and those who have been hiding under a rock?
9. I have been accused of over-dramatizing the victimization of women and being overly misogynistic, do you agree? If so, let me have it with both barrels. And if not, what would you say in my defense?
10. In a lawless society, do you become a follower? A leader? Or a crusader set on battling those who take advantage of the lack of repercussions?
11. If you heard a news report today saying that a possible zombie attack has been reported, how serious do you take it?
12. Let’s talk about That Ghoul Ava (unless you have not read the series, in which case, feel free to ignore these questions). Humor is very subjective, so what do you find funny?
13. What is the last thing you read that made you actually “laugh out loud” (as opposed to LOLing, where you probably didn’t really, you just said/typed it because you were amused).
14. What will keep you coming back for more with Ava? A love interest storyline? A long running battle with a Super-villain? Or…she just fits the bill when you want mindless pulp fiction?
15. How likely are you to buy books from an author you like even if the genre is slightly (or even drastically) different?
16. Did you know I wrote a “time-travel” themed book Titled Dakota as well as a sci-fi/alien themed short titled The Exoterrestrials? (You actually have to search using “Dakota by TW Brown to find it…I had no idea that was such a popular title name…sheesh!)
17. How often do you write a review?
18. Are you more likely to write one if the book is terrible versus one that you enjoy?
I recently saw a book be review at only 1 star because the reader couldn’t get her kindle to download it properly. How that was the authors fault is beyond me.
20. I hate predictability. If I am reading and a main character is in danger, I want to actually fear for his or her existence. I get a lot of grief for killing main characters. Does that annoy you or do you see it as adding more realism?
21. Now it is your chance to just say what you feel. Give me some feedback and be sure to include some critical stuff. That is how a person gets better at their craft.
I know Facebook isn’t you favorite medium and time is precious. Writing the books is what we really want you to be doing, but responding to fans comments would increase participation from us and also increase the amount of fans Facebook would send your posts to. Even just hitting the like button on our comments give us the buzz of knowing you took the time to read.
I also like to finish with a positive. I love Dead, a huge range of characters with no two the same and the fact that the zombies aren’t always the scariest thing out there. When I bought Spring it was like greeting old friends again.