Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014: Mark Tufo

You're reading Books, Beer and Blogshit! It's the only blog that's a-bloggin' all summer about zombies. I am your walking dead host, Mr. Frank!

We haven't had a Saturday post on the Summer of Zombie Blog tour this year. Today is going to be the exception for two reasons: It's officially the first day of summer and there seems no better fit for the occasion than to present an interview with the one and only Mark Tufo.

Talbot Don't Surf!

So let's enjoy some zombie goodness over a nice Saturday afternoon brunch or just grab a few wine coolers and head out to the back porch with your tablet and enjoy the soulful sounds of Mr. Mark Tufo.




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

Mark Tufo:  I had better be a survivor or I am going to totally be pissed off. I’ve got a joke with my wife that more than likely I’m going to be patient zero or the first bitten just because of the irony of the whole damned thing. If that’s the case I’m heading to Armand’s house first.

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

Mark Tufo:  I am currently working on Zombie Fallout 8 which at the moment I do not have a title for. Hoping to have this out by August (y).



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

Mark Tufo:  I am classic with a progressive slant. How’s that for straddling the line! Missed my calling should have been a politician.

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

Mark Tufo:  I don’t know if my zombies are different from all others, but they are adapting and evolving as the series progresses. I started with your average walker and have some unique variations now.

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

Mark Tufo:  If you write full time for a living then we’re the same. I consider it an honor and a privilege that you the fans, the readers allow me to do this. Oh wait did you mean the characters in my books? It’s amazing how a lack of coffee will affect you. Well for starters there’s Michael Talbot with a list of idiosyncrasies that a therapist would have a field day with.

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?

Mark Tufo:  Honestly I don’t think it matters, there are going to be your traditionalists that want zombies to be dumb, slow and decay at a certain rate. And then there are others who want, the fast runners and thinkers, and then there are some like myself that enjoy them all. If you have a great story it doesn’t really matter.

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?

Mark Tufo:  I can only go by my personal experience, but I’ve found that my series far outweigh stand-a-lones in terms of sales. Readers want to get vested in a set of characters, they don’t necessarily want a one and done.

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

Mark Tufo:  I love zombies, I love watching movies about them, I love reading about them and I certainly love writing about them. But I also enjoy sci-fi and the paranormal which I also write in. I think I’d like to be considered a writer not just a zombie writer.

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?

Mark Tufo:  Depends on the series, but if you’re talking about Zombie Fallout then definitely smarter, there is just something super creepy about a zombie that has the ability to think and to strategize a better way to get its food.


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?

Mark Tufo:  Aged belly bile I think would make a terrific brine.



Just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to be on your blog! Much appreciated!

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Zombie Fallout Series: http://zombiefallout.blogspot.com/

63 comments:

  1. Love the Zombie Fallout series.

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    1. Thank you Patsy! Please Message me your address and I'll get you out a magical* bracelet!

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  2. Thanks for doing this Tufo, I always love hearing more from you!

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    1. Thank you Kristina! Apparently I like to talk as well!

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  3. Loven' the Zombie Tour! I've been waiting for the TUFO stop! Can't wait for more Zombie fallout...

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    1. Hey Vincent coming soon man and thank you!

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  4. I love everything Tufo writes. Can't wait for ZF8!!!!

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  5. Loved the books I can honestly say I've cried with laughter I love the Talbot clan/BT and lets not forget Trip. If you buy one of the zf series you'll buy them all........ I know I have

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    1. Thank you for the support Greg, Trip is back in ZF8!

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  6. The wit, the characters, the zombies, the dog farts, there's nothing not to like about this writer. Tufo rocks! ��

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    1. Anybody that puts 'dog farts' in a post deserves a magical* bracelet please message me your address and thank you!

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  7. Tufo and Talbot the perfect double act !!!

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  8. I Love Love Love a good Zombie story. Yours are the Absolute best because they are Really Smart AND Funny at the same time. You're my favorite writer, Mark. Keep Em Comin

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  9. I love all the zombie goodness that Mark writes

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  10. Waiting (not so) patiently for zombie fallout 8. Just finished the Riley series, Great story.

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  11. I consider you my favorite author and I don't classify you as just a zombie writer. I am listening to Indian Hill 4 right now every time I drive alone.

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    1. Hey Jason, thank you man, means a lot.

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  12. I love a good 18 yr old belly bile. Yum!

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    1. See! You know what I'm talking about.

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  13. This line can be said about almost any subject and works for any kind of book.

    "If you have a great story it doesn’t really matter."
    --Mark Tufo
    Best. Line. Ever.

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  14. My wife and I love following poor Michael around the Fallout Multi-verse, WWTD is a well used question in our house. We're going to hold you to the Aug release of ZF8.

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    1. Hey Chris awesome to hear. ZF8 is currently at the editor so the timeline is looking good.

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  15. Great questions... and answers, of course. Your books are so fun! I'm looking forward to continuing on in the series. :D

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  16. fallout 8 in August.. Great stuff.

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  17. August is soooooo far away lol...great answers .

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    1. Thank you Connie. And August seems exceedingly close on this side! :)

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  18. I wasn't aware that you liked to be pigeon-holed, that's kinda gross. :)

    Wes Harding

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    1. I was going to send you a magical* bracelet, now I think i'll pick another number. Pigeon holed my ass! (Yeah that sounds bad too)

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  19. I hated the horror/zombie/zampire genre until I read Tufo. He completes me. Lol. I enjoy him so much. Glad I found him.

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    1. Well Shaila, let's add to the completeness! Send me your address and I'll get you out a magical* bracelet!

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  20. Love all Mark tufo’s books! Just finished Callis Rose while waiting for Zombie fallout 8!!!! Thanks for the great Books

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    1. Thank you for your support Nicole!

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  21. Is it bad that I RESTART a series every time you release a new book for said series!? I swear it's a new experience each time; I catch something new or re-visualize a character in my head, or just laugh at Sir LicksALot! So, thank you! Always look forward to...ANYTHING you write!

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  22. ZF series is a definite must read, Mark Tufo has a style of writing that keeps you hooked page after page.

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  23. For anyone who has not read the ZF series, you are truly missing out on some amazing story telling and fantastic zombie action! His Timothy series is also a must read for the zombie fan, as it is from the point of view of one of the zombies... be warned, Timothy is one sick twisted freak that will disgust you, gag you, make you puke, and probably make you very uncomfortable, but at the same time you will be intrigued and learn to root for Timothy and then feel disgusted with yourself! Other works by Tufo in the paranormal genre are just as great! I highly recommend Calise Rose, and Spirit Clearing!.
    Thank you for taking the time to do this interview Mr. Tufo, but please please please, GET ZOMBIE FALLOUT 8 RELEASED NOW!!! :)

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    1. Hey Dan, I'm happy to say ZF8 is at the editor! And thank you for your support. Please send me your address and I'll get you out a magical* bracelet!

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  24. Awesome interview! Amazing author! Great person in general. Sounds pretty well rounded to me :)

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    1. Thank you Rmah, very much appreciated!

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  25. A politician ! Lmao. I love the series and I believe u are right Mr. Tufo, I believe people want something that they can grow with. A "one in done" is never fulfilling. There is always unanswerd questions. Thank you for sharing ur talent. Keep up the amazing work.

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    1. Thank you Gloria, please message me your address and I'll get you out a magical* bracelet!

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  26. I think I read all the Zombie Fallout books in about 2 months. Now I do not know what to do with myself. I'm ready for another ha ha.

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  27. Way to go getting this series to book 8 (or near to). I think I'm in book three. I love the narrator, so I have gone the audiobook route, but the downside has been missing some things as my mind wanders. Regardless of my problems, good stuff!

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  28. Mark, Mark, Mark...everyone knows that the best zombie pickle brine come from the zombie spinal tap ! Just kidding. Been holding my breath for ZF8. The bad news....my eyes are bugged out, but the wrinkles have smoothed out nicely. Great interview !

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  29. Zombie Fallout is by far the best series I've ever read. I've gotten family and friends, and the occasional stranger, hooked with just a small description. Keep up the awesome work Mark.

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  30. Just love the zombie fallout and the Indian Hill series You are so awesome Mark :) Love the Talbots :)

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