R.G. Richards is the ghoulish guy behind the Zora Baker zombie series. With four fiendish books released to terrify readers, R.G. has plenty of experienced in the indie zombie field. Let's crack open his cranium and dig around...
Ang: When were you first bitten by the zombie affliction?
Can you take us back to how the infection began? What’s the most difficult part
about sharing this ghoulish love as an indie?
R.G.: I have loved zombies over vampires, werewolves, and the
like from childhood. Night of the Living Dead came out when I was four and
scared me to death. It is the one I remember most from my teens, I was a zombie
every Halloween. As an Indie, the only difficulty is finding like-minded souls
and the time it takes to get noticed but I’m an avid reader and discover new
talent daily. I’ll get there sooner or later.
Ang: If you had to dumb down the plot of your series so a zombie could
understand, how would you explain it?
R.G.: The awakening of Zora Baker. This series is her coming
of age story and tells how she grows up in the zombie apocalypse hampered with
short comings but rises to not only survive but become a leader of the
surviving human population. She shapes the future for generations to come and
her background plays a key role.
Ang: Describe the lucky survivors who engage with the festering horde of the
R.G.: The survivors are tough and blood thirsty like their
enemy. Kill or be killed is their mantra. Yet they hang on to humanity by
showing their softer side and find time to live, love, and joke between
Ang: What was the most important aspect when writing your non-zombie
characters? Realism (losers, assholes, and cowards) or fantasy (Rambo or the
guy/gal who has a Rambo hiding inside them)?
R.G.: Realism always shines through. A character with failings
has heart and gives you room to love them in spite of it all.
Ang: Does your series begin just as the zombies start building their paradise
or have zombies already gotten things rocking and rotting?
R.G.: I begin two years after the apocalypse. I wanted
recognizable places and plentiful yet scarce sources for food, clothing, and
Ang: Zombies are people too. They come in all shapes, sizes, speeds, and
smarts. What types of the walking dead inhabit your series?
R.G.: I have two main types of zombies: slow shifters and
speedsters. You can outrun the slow to safety but the newly turned may have
some intelligence and they can be fast. Later in the series a new, controllable
Ang: Will your infection spread to more books and series? How many blood and
guts offerings do you predict in your future? How soon can our zombie and human
readers expect to see your next festering contribution?
R.G.: I have a four book series at the moment. I love the guys
but have to take a break and clear my head with something different. I suppose
I will begin a new series in a year or so, don’t know if it will be Zora’s
universe or a completely different one.
Ang: What is your favorite way to kill a zombie? Shoot ‘em, hack ‘em, poke ‘em,
burn ‘em, or something even more fiendish? ***Zombie readers please turn away
to avoid having your putrefied feelings eviscerated.
R.G.: I’m a bash and hack kind of guy. Get up close and
personal to do the dirty.
Ang: Do you have a favorite cinematic zombie? Example: My co-blogger Zombie
Earl is quite fond of Zombie Roger from the original Dawn of the Dead.
R.G.: No, but I always think of the zombie with its arm out
saying “Brains, Brains.”
Ang: Who is your favorite character from The Walking Dead (comics or TV show)?
R.G.: Believe it or not, I wrote my first two zombie books
before I ever heard of the show. I learned of it at the start of Season 3. I
will go with Michonne and her shiny sword.
Ang: Finally, how prepared are you for the zombie apocalypse that we all know
is just around the corner?
R.G.: I don’t own a gun so I would say not fully prepared. But
if it starts tomorrow, I’ll use my books as my plan and fight my way to the
islands and live it up. Bring it on!
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