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Last year, The BLOGshit hosted an interview series for the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2013. It was a big sucess for everyone, readers and writers alike. Armand Rosamilia has once again pieced together the blog tour for the third year running and this year is the biggest ever. There are over thirty authors participating in this year's tour!
We may not get a chance to get to every author on the tour but we are going to have a large chunk of them. So stay tuned here in the days and weeks to come as we spotlight new and seasoned zombie storytellers alike.
So, let's start off week two of the tour with Charles Ingersoll! Mr. Ingersoll is new blood. His first book, DAY ZERO is about as fresh as they come. Sit back and enjoy as The BLOGshit tears into Charles Ingersoll to start this tour off.
Books, Beer and Blogshit: Are you a survivor or one of the undead?
Charles Ingersoll: I am a survivor, at all costs!
The Blogshit: What is your latest piece of zombie fiction we should be concerning ourselves with?
Charles Ingersoll: My debut novel, Day Zero, is the rotting piece of zombie fiction I have been working on for three years and have put to market this March. I am very excited about it.
The Blogshit: Do you feel you are a classic or progressive type of zombie fiction writer?
Charles Ingersoll: If I had to put a label on it, I guess I am an amalgam of both. I love Romero’s early films, and anything with undead Nazis or underwater shark fights. But I love what Snyder and Boyle and Kirkman have brought to the mix.
The Blogshit: What makes your zombies different from all others?
Charles Ingersoll: My zombies follow the classical formula, but there is something just a little unknown about them. They are flesh obsessed, but are shown to have their own strange code of fight or flight. Even I have been surprised by the things that they sometimes do.
The Blogshit: What makes your living different from all the others?
Charles Ingersoll: Since my story deals with the initial outbreak with the bulk of it taking place on an island, the characters still have a semblance of a normalcy in the town that reads a little different than other apocalyptic set pieces. The fact that the narrator and protagonist, John, may be losing his mind definitely could lead into strange destinations.
The Blogshit: Do you think it's important, in this climate, to run with the pack or really try to reinvent the wheel in zombie fiction?
Charles Intersoll: I don’t think “running with the pack” is a bad thing at all. There are so many great works of zombie fiction out there competing for the readers’ hearts and minds. But as “The Walking Dead” AMC series has proven, the old formula of good drama and good storytelling will always enhance a series of zombie massacres.
The Blogshit: Zombie fiction seems heavily dependent upon working within the construct of a series. Do you feel that is the way that makes it work best for you or do you think there is still room for stand alone stories?
Charles Ingersoll: Zombie fiction seems to work well in series format. That can be said for any genre. Successful science fiction and or genre themes of dystopian futures - even young adult stories – give a reader a glimpse into a world that is really only that… a glimpse. If crafted well, the reader will want to know what will happen after the conclusion of the story. But each novel or story should have a beginning, middle and end, tying up as many threads as possible to satisfy the story and the reader.
The Blogshit: Are you ever afraid of being pigeon-holed in this zombie fiction genre?
Charles Ingersoll: I am not afraid of it. I welcome it.
The Blogshit: For your next zombie story, stand alone or series, do you think you will need to go sicker or smarter to keep it going?
Charles Ingersoll: Not necessarily sicker or smarter, but since I am hoping to develop a series from the original story arc, the stories should be something more. The reader deserves to be given a deeper and more enriched experience, as the world they peek into gets bigger.
The Blogshit: On last year's tour, we asked about what to put on your zombie sandwich. This year, we want to know: What special ingredients would you use to pickle the pickles on your zombie sandwich?
Charles Ingersoll: Pickling is a very specific process, using cucumbers of the appropriate size for canning, fresh dill, and distilled boiled water. For the zombie pickle I would add just a drop of congealed and blackened zombie blood to each Mason jar before sealing. Mmm, Mmm, Good.