Name: George L. Cook IIII
Book Title: The Dead War Trilogy
1. How long have you been writing for?
I started writing right after seeing Star Wars for the first time. So I have been writing since I was about 10 years old. I didn't publish an actual book until 2008. But i had a few poems and articles published in magazines and newspapers.
2. What do you think sets your work apart from others in the genre?
I think there are three things that set The Dead War Trilogy apart from other books in the zombie genre.
The first being a sense of hope. Many zombie books are all doom and gloom. I think that readers have to have a sense that the characters they have come to care about will not only survive but have the chance to actually live their lives in peace again.
The second is the level of action. I grew up on 80s action movies so I love lots of action sequences. This being a story of soldiers battling the dead ( and other things / person ) there is plenty of action to spare.
There is also a scifi element that many stories lack. There is also what I believe to be a possible and realistic explanation for the cause of the zombie apocalypse.
3. Do you have any tips for new writers?
WRITE! Don't keep checking on your sales figures or worrying about your reviews. The only way all of us get better as writers is to write.
Also write in a genre you like not one that's popular right now just to make a quick buck. To me that's not very satisfying and i feel my lack of enthusiasm for a genre would show up
4. What books do you read and do you have a recent recommendation?
I read everything. Science fiction, horror, fantasy, and biographies. I just recently finished by Ian Woodhead and would definitely recommend that book.
5. Where can readers find you?
They can find me here:
Zombie Survival Questions
1. You see a hand gun, a bat and a knife. Which do you choose as your weapon for the apocalypse?
I'm from New Jersey ( US ) so I have to go for the baseball bat. Itdoesn't need reloading and I don't have to worry about it getting stuck in someone's skull and not being able to pull it out.
It's also relatively silent so it wont make a ton of noise to attract more of the dead.
2. Place of survival. Your own house, a shopping mall or The Winchester pub?
All zombie fans know that malls are a no no. That always ends badly and besides there are too many doors.
In theory the pub sounds like a good idea. Hey if you gotta go you might as well get pissy tail drunk and have a good time at it. But because many pubs have a lot of windows this is probably not the most defensible place.
That leaves me with home sweet home. I can better defend my house and block off the staircase and hold out for as long as possible. If I'm going out I would rather go out in comfortable surroundings with the people I know and love.
3. You see an underground parking centre. Do you go in?
Hell no. Again I'm from New Jersey and I wont use an underground parking garage pre zombie apocalypse.
Seriously though I think anything underground with entrances that big would only become an underground tomb.
4. You see your boss is now a zombie but is no immediate threat to you. Do you still use your last bullet on him/her?
What kind of person do you think I am? I would not do such a foolish thing. I would use a baseball bat and bash their **uking brains in.
5. What luxury item would you keep in the apocalypse?
The expensive car that I just sold from the recently down guy down the road.
6. You're bitten, do you
A) Shoot yourself before you turn?
B) Ask a friend to do?
C) Turn and enjoy the all you can eat human buffet?
It would have to be A. I would opt out rather than become a danger to my family and friends.