A interview with Joe “Zombie” Zuko, author of The Infected series

1.How did you get started writing zombie stories?

I heard about Amazon’s direct publishing in 2014. It blew me away when I realized they would let me put out any kind of book I wanted. The very first idea to come to me was a zombie novel about a man trying to get home during a zombie outbreak. It’s no secret Jim’s family is based on my own and at the time I worked in Portland, Oregon and lived in Vancouver, Washington.
For years I dreaded an earthquake or some other crazy natural disaster that would knockout the bridges that link our two states, making it nearly impossible to get home to my ladies. I took that fear and layered the start of an apocalypse on top of it.
I love to write what scares me. It’s cathartic.

2.What is your favorite zombie novel and movie?

I’m such a nerd about this. I know there are dozens of fantastic zombie movies out there, but the one I’ve seen the most and fell in love with is Shaun of the Dead. I was a late bloomer with my zombie obsession and in my mid-twenties when it really started cooking. That’s right when Shaun came out. So many zombie movies are one dimensional with stereotypical characters that you want to see die, but Shaun had heart. I will never say my books are even close to the same level as Shaun of the Dead, but I’d like to think they share a similar style. Both are fun, exciting, heartbreaking at times, and are stories that keep you guessing until the end.

3.If I could have a chat with any author dead or alive who would it be?

I would love to meet Blake Crouch. He doesn’t do zombie themed work, not yet anyway, but his body of work has vastly shaped my writing style. His novel Run, and the Wayward Pines trilogy, in particular, are some of my favorites. I zipped through those books while I was writing Karen’s first day and it’s very clear that he affected me tremendously.
His latest works have not only been entertaining, but they changed my whole perspective on life. I repeat, they changed my whole perspective on the life I’ve chosen to live. If you haven’t read Dark Matter stop what you’re doing right now and go read it. It’s worth every penny. Then come back to this interview.
I wouldn’t have any real questions about writing or where he gets his ideas. I just want to hang out, have a few beers and watch a great movie with the guy.

4.Tell us about practicing Kav Maga.

Just like what happened to Jim in the story. I had gained some weight after my first child was born. I was brewing beer and that was a big mistake for the midsection. My wonderful wife was fed up with my dad bod and got me a one month membership to East West Martial Arts in Vancouver. The first class totally kicked my ass, but I loved it. I had done wrestling in high school and this was the next level. Before I started the class I thought I could handle myself in a street fight, but I was dead wrong.
I didn’t know how to punch or kick properly. I had no idea how to escape a chokehold. A twelve-year-old could have pummeled me into paste.
Unfortunately, I moved too far away from the class and don’t get to go nearly as often as I’d like anymore.

5.Who would you cast as the main character if your books were turned into a movie?

If I was casting for Jim in the Infected series, one of the Chris’s from the Marvel Universe would be amazing, but that might be aiming too high. I’d love to see Jensen Ackles as Jim. He’s got the right build and attitude. I’d love to have a strong leading lady for Karen. I could see Bryce Dallas Howard playing her on the big screen. Bill Skarsgard would make one hell of a Leon. That guy could scare the shit out the Crypt Keeper.
In book seven of the Infected, I have one of the characters ask this question and for Sara, they came up with Emma Stone. She would kill it as Sara.

6.Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I’m very lucky to have been born with an overactive imagination. Ideas spring to me whether I want them or not. If I didn’t put them down in the computer I’d go nuts.

7.What other genres would you like to write in?

I love horror. After I finish The Infected series with Book 8, I’m focusing on three stand alone horror stories. In one of the books, I’ll be focusing on some sci-fi elements with a story about the multiverse. Mainly, I’ll be staying with horror, suspense, action, thrillers. That’s my wheelhouse.

More about me.

I’m a pretty open book, pun intended. I’m on Facebook and readers get almost daily updates about what I’m doing. All I can say about my novels is, this is just the beginning. I really feel like I’ve found my voice and style. I promise I’ll be pumping

Find Joe Zuko on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Infected-Trenches-Book-Seven-ebook/dp/B07RL8XZRP/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=joseph+zuko&qid=1565757151&s=gateway&sr=8-1

And join his fan club managed by his lovely wife Katie Zuko. https://www.facebook.com/groups/596067217588714/

Rot and Ruin… My opinion about the end of the World

Rot and Ruin… The title sounds already foreboding.. The strong words cut into your brain and stay there, going deeper into the subconscious.. This will not be a review or synopsis, I think that there are enough out there.. I want to talk about what will stay with you after finishing the book.. It is marked as a YA novel but all age groups can find something fascinating within its pages.. Zombies and the risk of infection are a constant danger, but what’s life if you spend it being scared and always cautious… It’s a life on hold worth living? The main characters are teenagers, that are armed with curiosity and the crazy courage that are characteristics of their age… The story is opening in front of us like a beautiful tapestry rich in different characters and personalities… My heart was mostly with The Lost Girl, a beautiful young woman with extraordinary fighting skills that’s almost feral because she survived for years alone in the ruins… Out there where the zombies are not the worse threat.. Nix, a fighting fae type girl that lost everything and tries to find hope and herself..At the end the girls turn into women that are not easily impressed or scared of anything.. Theconflicted main character Ben Imura, a boy at the beginning of the story, and a young man at its end.. This is a book about finding your place in the world, fighting against all odds and not giving up when you think that you are lost. It’s a optimistic story, sprinkled with tears and loss.. A adventure that changes everything… The human soul is alive and in a constant process of evolution .. Everything we feel and live through puts a mark on our most inner self.. And change is not good or bad, it just is.. It happens.. Life happens… No fortress is ever that safe, no mountain is high enough.. Saint John of the knife is another fascinating character, he is one of those people that are beyond salvation… A truly evil character.. No matter how old you are, do yourself a favor and read the series Rot and ruin by Jonathan Maberry. You will develop a personal connection to the characters and will hold your breath and hope and root for them… The beautiful zombie art is made by Rob Sacchetto (find him on FB and Patreon).. https://www.amazon.com/Rot-Ruin-Jonathan-Maberry-ebook/dp/B003UYUP1W/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?keywords=rot+and+ruin&qid=1557473188&s=gateway&sprefix=Rot+and+&sr=8-2

The ballad of Jessie the Desfigured Road Angel and Scarlet

Road to Redemption and Terror on the Two Lane by David Simpson should be called “The ballad of Scarlet and Jessie”.. In a world where survival is the most important thing, this young people find love. A apocalyptic Romeo and Juliette story, Jessie and Scarlet are the children of two rivals. Jessie is a superstar of the new world, known as The Desfigured Road Angel, the boy with the piercing blue eyes and a scar on the face rescues people from certain death, but more that the gift of a new life, he gives the people hope. Scarlet, daughter of the High priest of the Anubis cult escapes from her father’s clutches, and gets a chance to get to know and love the man she was sent to kill.. For the guys, this book is packed with action, David Simpson as a former trucker writes the best car chases and action scenes! Available on Kindle unlimited, paperback and audio! Give the Zombie Road saga a chance to introduce you to The Road Angel! https://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Road-V-Terror-Two-Lane-ebook/dp/B07J4DGXGG/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1539002669&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=Zombie+Road+V&dpPl=1&dpID=51rd42h2G4L&ref=plSrch