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Peter Welmerink on the BLOGshit today. He once turned down a role to play Officer Poncherello on the hit television series, C.H.i.P.s Instead Mr. Welmerink went on to become a relative unknown in the world of modern English fiction. We seek today to change all that and help elevate Peter to the upper echelons of the literary community or at the very least, sell a book for him.
So get on your tight fitting khaki motocycle pants and strap on your standard issue California Highway Patrol helmet and get ready to dive into the world of zombie author, Peter Welmerink.
The Blogshit: Let’s cut to the chase, what are you promoting for the Winter of Zombie?
Peter Welmerink: I am promoting my TRANSPORT Post Post-Zombpocalyptic military action-adventure series during the WINTER OF ZOMBIE 2015. Zombies have always been my favorite “monster.” I have an extensive interest and knowledge of Military History, and basically just like to blow things up (fictionally) with big tanks and big guns.
As I got tired of all the apocalyptic settings being mainly in the larger cities, I thought FUCK THAT. LET’S BRING SOME ZOMBIE AND APOC CHAOS HOME TO MICHIGAN.
The Blogshit: It’s rarely ever talked about, but how do you envision the outcome of the zombie world you have created? Is there hope? Will humanity succumb to the new world order? What is the outcome of all this horrible zombie business?
Peter Welmerink: We’re still here. They’re still here.
Like Humankind usually does, we survive even in a post-post undead-filled world.
But as usual human nature goes, we are going to continue to duke it out, debating and fighting over if the remaining zombie populace should be fully eradicated, or, if we can keep feeding the local ones the doped meat byproducts we’ve been feeding them, we can just leave our poor rotting friends and relatives alone until they…dissolve, turn into a steaming pile of sidewalk stew, whatever.
The Blogshit: As a writer of zombie fiction, do you feel you can sustain your career writing about zombies only or do you feel you will need to write outside the sub-genre to continue? What avenues will you branch out to if you do feel a need to expand?
Peter Welmerink: I have several ideas and stories in which I could sustain writing about my little zombie world and characters I’ve created. However, as I enjoy writing Epic Fantasy and Steampunk, and whatever else strikes my fancy, I will most certainly delve into other worlds and genres beyond the shambling realms of Zombidom.
The Blogshit: What is more important to the story: A sympathetic human survivor or a zombie with an interesting storyline?
Peter Welmerink: I’d say you have a 50/50 split there, though an interesting zombie in an interesting storyline would pique my interest. I have a 1950’s gas station attendant in my TRANSPORT storyline. He not only provides INTEL to my characters (not giving away any spoilers on how he does it) but also assists my transport commander in fighting off a semi-undead assassin in one of the books.
The Blogshit: For you, who are the most important writers in zombie fiction at this moment?
Peter Welmerink: Armand Rosamalia. Of course. LOL
I am going to throw some perhaps names out there that people might not know but write some bomb shit when it comes to zombidom: Jay Wilburn, Jack Wallen, Rob E Boley and Brent Abell.
And Armand Rosamalia. Of course.
The Blogshit: Is there room for sex in the zombie apocalypse?
Peter Welmerink: Yes, just don’t get caught with your pants down and rear car windows rolled down when you playing hide the pickle with your lover. Depending on your position, something already dead might crawl up your ass, or perhaps, claw up your ass.
Seriously, there is room for anything, anything is fair game, including sex I suppose, in the zombie apocalypse.
One of my more crude and lewd crew members in my TRANSPORT books alludes to having had , erm, relations with some undead female prostitutes. I do not go into detail on the how’s and why’s.
The Blogshit: How much consideration do you give to the seasons in your zombie stories?
Peter Welmerink: The first TRANSPORT book takes place in Autumn 2025, and there is a short epilogue piece where my characters are in Milwaukee that winter. TRANSPORT: HUNT FOR THE FALLEN takes place in Spring 2026 during some intense rain storms and flooding. TRANSPORT: UNCIVIL WAR takes place a few months later in the heat of summer.
The Blogshit: Our final question always revolves around zombie themed food. This Winter of Zombie, Books, Beer and BLOGshit wants you to consider setting up a food truck to cater to a zombie clientele. What would you name your Zombie Food Truck?
Peter Welmerink: Funny you mention this. The name of the “zombie food truck” in my TRANSPORT series is called THE HURON, and it is 72-tons of wheeled and tracked armored personnel carrier, which (one of its jobs) stops and doles out doped meat to the local undead populace to keep them calm, docile, because the living city folk on the other side of the enclosure feel sorry for their effed-up, afflicted family and friends.
Peter Welmerink on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Welmerink/e/B00H0KBVN8
Peter Welmerink Home Page: http://peterwelmerink.com