- The Zombie fans know and love you already, how do you feel about the last 2 years since your first book?
It’s been a whirlwind. Sometimes I still sit and marvel and wonder when it will all come crashing down. I wrote a book because it’s something I’d always dreamed of doing. Amazon made it possible to self-publish and have a platform to sell. Vanity presses have always been around, anyone with a few thousand bucks could publish a book, but until Amazon there was no way to reach a large audience. Eighteen months after I first hit the “publish” button I was able to quit the day job and write full time. It’s like winning the lottery.
- Tell us a little bit about your new book The Feral children.
It’s the story of the group of wild children Jessie and Scarlet met in the Zombie Road books and tried to help. They had survived the zombie uprising by luck, a little knowledge and some basic skills. They happened to be at a wild animal safari park when it happened and were safe behind the fences. Most of animals weren’t really wild, many were former pets or circus performers. The kids don’t have guns and can’t survive on their own and the animals are so domesticated they don’t know how to hunt or take care of themselves. They help each other and the animals adopt the children. They become a tribe.
- This is your first collaboration, how was it?
Wesley has written a few short stories set in the Zombie Road world and I don’t even remember how it came up for us to co-write a series. Probably over drinks. He is doing most of the heavy lifting for these books. All he had to work with was a few chapters from ZR5 that introduced them and a few ideas we bounced around. From that, he built the entire story, introduced all the new characters, created the mood and the setting. He’s a super easy guy to work with.
- It’s very cool that you picked a fan as Co-author, do you think that you will do that again?
Of course, if anyone has a good story to tell. Wesley has already said he’d like to write a Retriever novel once the Feral Children trilogy is finished.
- Do you plan to write about another type of apocalypse?
I haven’t thought that far ahead. We have two more Feral books to finish, I have two more Zombie Road books to tell the tale of how Jessie became the Traveler and then I get to jump into the story of Scarlet waking up in the mysterious house where we last saw them at the end of ZR6. Spoiler Alert: it won’t be about zombies. It’s about those men who hold a grudge and carry Mark Seven Blasters. The two teens are stranded a long, long way from home.
- If you could talk to someone dead or alive who would it be?
Enoch. Legend has it that he built the pyramids, walked with God and knew the secrets of the universe.
- Got to ask, how do you feel about the end of Games of Thrones.
It summed up the story nicely. The good guys won, a fair and just king would rule the six kingdoms and they set it up for a spinoff with Arya Stark seeing what there is to see west of Westeros. I can imagine her in a series that is sort of a cross between Xena: Warrior Princess and Conan the Barbarian.
- When are we getting Zombie Road VII?
Hopefully by September. It’s a third of the way finished.
- Tell us a bit about your creative process.
Work out the story, the backstory, the foreshadowing, post it on sticky notes so I don’t forget then write. Then go back and fix it. Then fix it some more. Then keep fixing it until the editor is yelling at me to stop fixing it**, **Check out The Zombie Road series and David’s other work on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/author/ref=dbs_P_W_auth?_encoding=UTF8&author=David%20A.%20Simpson&searchAlias=digital-text&asin=B01MUI11C9
The Feral children won the much desired Zombie Book of the month club title!
1.You are a new author, tell us a bit about yourself
I’m an industrial mechanic by trade. In addition to being an Air Force veteran, I’ve been a collections agent (repo man), worked in a custom rifle shop owned by a world renowned gunsmith and a cook for my hometown Pizza Hut when I was a teen. Married to the best woman I’ve ever known. Father of five and Poppy to the most awesome 2 year old ever named Harper. I’m an avid outdoorsman and a terrible carpenter. I’ve loved to read as long as I can remember and started writing a few years ago just as a hobby. It never fails to amaze me whenever I actually get paid to do it.
2. What’s your inspiration?
I have a vivid imagination that never switches off. Reading has always been an escape for me from the daily grind of life. If I can offer something that gives that same escape to someone else then it’s worth it. Life is tough and I think when something that came out of your imagination makes someone else’s day a little easier it’s very inspirational for me to keep writing
3.. Any favorite books and movies.
I grew up with 3 tv channels and we watched what my dad wanted to watch so books were important entertainment. Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan novels and Conan the Barbarian by Robert E Howard were some of my favorites. I also read a lot of Dean Koontz and Stephen King books that my neighbor loaned me. I hardly ever watch tv unless it’s the ID channel. I do love the Marvel movies though.
4. If you could choose a apocalypse what type would you pick?
My apocalypse pick would have to be slow zombies who ate garbage. I’d keep a couple in the backyard and never have to make another trip to the landfill.
5. If you could talk to someone dead or alive for a hour, who would you pick?
I’d pick President Teddy Roosevelt. He was an amazing leader and incredible human being. Anyone who’s never read up on him should do it. He was the inspiration for Teddy the buffalo in The Feral Children. If he wasn’t available then it would be my grandmother. She was one of a kind.
6.What is your favorite character in The Feral children?
That’s a tough one! I love them all. But if I have to pick then it’s Swan. She wrote herself. I wasn’t excited about her at first but as soon as she came to life, she was my instant favorite. She had several story arcs that we bounced back and forth. Maybe some of that will find it’s way into the sequels. I don’t want to spoil anything, but she probably goes through the biggest transformation as the story progresses.
7. How was the collaboration with David Simpson?
When David asked me to work on this with him, I was flattered and floored. I mean Zombie Road is his baby and the chance to play in it officailly was too good to pass up. I’ve done some ZR fan fiction and the ZR anthology. My characters from the anthology made it into the main series. We laid out the story on my patio, a bunch of texts and phone conversations later, we had a book unlike anything else out there and the fans seem to love it. He’s a professional all the way through and one hell of a nice guy, so if he ever asks you to work with him, do it.
8Future plans for new books?
The Feral Children Book 2 is next. There’s also a good chance of another spin off but that one is still up in the air.
Check out The Feral children by David Simpson and Wesley Norris on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RZGPF97/ref=mp_s_a_1_9?keywords=Feral+children&qid=1558330473&s=gateway&sr=8-9