Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014: Chris Tucker

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The month long sojourn into the best and brightest stars in zombie fiction on the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 continues with The Blogshit's latest victim, Chris Tucker. Tucker is the type of zombie writer that injects just a little bit of rock n' roll into his fiction. The result is a horns-in-the-air edgy style all too perfect for the undead.

So it's time for another run through the Books, Beer and Blogshit meat grinder. Next up, the rebel, Chris Tucker. Horns up fuckers!

Books, Beer and Blogshit:  Are you a survivor or one of the undead?

Chris Tucker:  I am a survivor. Much more fun trying to forge ahead with unknown variables. Plus, I spend more time thinking about this subject than I probably should.

The Blogshit:  What is your latest piece of zombie fiction we should be concerning ourselves with?

Chris Tucker:  The first two short stories in the “5280 Diaries” series. The series follows the lives of local residents of the Denver area during the zombie apocalypse. I decided to use local metal bands and their members as characters…after all, I think Zombies and Metal music go hand in hand! My main character, Payden, is the lead singer of my favorite local band, Smackfactor

The Blogshit:  Do you feel you are a classic or progressive type of zombie fiction writer?

Chris Tucker:  I would categorize myself as a progressive zombie writer, but I always welcome opinions if my readers think otherwise.

The Blogshit:  What makes your zombies different from all others?

Chris Tucker:  I don’t know that they are “different”, but I don’t use the term “zombies” to portray the undead in my stories.

The Blogshit:  What makes your living different from all the others?

Chris Tucker:  The characters (the main ones anyway) in my books are all personal friends of mine. It’s a cool personal connection I have to the story, and if they piss me off while I’m writing it, then I can kill them off in a fun way to let them know they shouldn’t have messed with me.

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?

Chris Tucker:  I think that’s a tricky road to travel. People are so used to reading about the zombie stories they have come to know and love. I think reinventing the wheel is a slippery slope as to not drive readers away if you don’t do it right.

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?

Chris Tucker:  I think the genre is probably one of the best when it comes to stand alone stories. There are so many different scenarios to be played out with separate entities. I am doing a series, but it is because I thought it would be fun to write about local residents and communities in the Denver area. I think it’s easier to branch out with a zombie series though and do more stand-alone stories.

The Blogshit:  Are you ever afraid of being pigeon-holed in this zombie fiction genre?

Chris Tucker:  Yes and No. I love writing zombie stories, but my genre of preference to write in is action/suspense/mystery. While I have a great time writing the zombie stuff, I would hope that people don’t just look at me as a “one-trick pony”.

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?

Chris Tucker:  I think smarter is the way to go here. As a writer, it is important to make yourself stand out among the million other zombie authors out there. While there are many good zombie books, you already know there is going to be a massive amount of blood and violence. The trick is to swirl the waters a bit and put a cool story in there also instead of a lone character running around killing zombies just to stay alive another day.

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?

Chris Tucker:  Pickle juice. I don’t know why, but I can drink it by the gallon. I would pretty much soak all my ingredients in it. But it has to be the Vlasik Bread and Butter pickle juice…There has to be some structure to the chaos.

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