A few weeks ago I go this email:
Just noticed your book ‘Badass Zombie Road Trip’ on Amazon and look forward to reading it. Looks like another fun take and markedly different from my own ‘Zombie Road Trip,’ which I recommend highly!
T. Alex Miller
It should be noted that while I was searching for an alternate name for my novel, and decided upon Timothy Long's suggestion of Badass Zombie Road Trip, I did indeed stumble across Mr. Miller's book of a similar name. After a bit of perusing and thought, I decided it was so dissimilar in nature that our titles shouldn't clash too much in the great big world of publishing.
We sent a few mails back and forth and after some discussion I asked him if he would like to be interviewed on yea olde bloge. He agreed and here is the following silly results!
1) Who is Alex Miller?
I’m a newspaper editor living in the mountains of Colorado. A graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder creative writing program, I’ve completed two novels and a short story collection, all on Kindle. I also write stage plays, which have been performed locally. I also act and occasionally direct. My wife and I have five kids and I’m a super-early rise, thus the ‘spare time’ to write stuff.
2) What prompted you to write ZOMBIE ROAD TRIP? Tell us a bit about it too.
As zombie-philes know, most Zee stories are about the survivors, with the dead acting as comic relief as the internecine relationship stuff is played out. I wanted to write something that explored a bit of what it’s like to actually be a zombie. Granted, the Zee POV is also becoming well-worn territory, but I also thought there was a lot of potential for humor along the way — and also the chance to answer some questions like ‘do zombies have to use the facilities ever?’ (Turns out they do, but they just kinda go as they go, like fish.) Early on, I thought it’d be hilarious for a bunch of people dressed as zombies at a Halloween party to become real zombies, thus the creation of the Zombie Marilyn Monroe character. So Zombie Road Trip becomes the story of the sentient zombie Ted trying to recover his memory and humanity while he drags Marilyn along as a sort of annoying travel partner. My favorite scene is the one where they get trapped in a room with a live, fat couple in their underwear and go after them. One thing I tried not to shy way from is what it might really be like to kill someone with your bare hands and teeth and then eat them – which parts would you go for first? It’s pretty graphic in that respect, and then somehow there’s a lot of pretty explicit sex.
3) What's your fave zombie movie? Book? Cartoon? Song?
I really like Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead, and of course am a big fan of The Walking Dead on AMC as well. I also really loved Max Brooks’ World War Z as well as the prequel to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith. So, so funny.
4) If a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half, how long would it take a grasshopper with a wooden leg to kick all of the seeds out of a dill pickle? What if the leg was titanium? And last but not least, what if the leg was made of Spam?
The amount of time it takes to peel an improperly cooked hardboiled egg divided by the number of midgets in Birmingham, Ala.
5) There is no question # 5.
Is your name not Bruce? That’s going to cause a bit o’ confusion.