I'd like to introduce Kirk Allmond, fellow Permuted Press author. Let's hear what he's got to say for himself!
First of all, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to
chat with me and introduce me to your loyal fans. Having an author of your caliber take an
interest in my work is always flattering.
1. Tell us a little about yourself. Just who the hell are
I’m just a regular guy.
I have a 6 year old boy named Jack who is the basis of the character Max
in What Zombies Fear, and a beautiful girlfriend/co-author Laura Bretz. I used to run a huge website (now shuttered)
called The Zombie Preparedness, at one point we had over 150,000 registered
users. I’ve always been a story-teller,
now I just write them down.
2. Do you have any strange writing habits?
I prefer to write in absolute silence. My most productive time is when there is no
one in the house and I can just watch the movie unfold in my brain-hole and
transcribe what I’m seeing. And coffee
with lots of cream and lots of sugar.
3. What book do you wish you could have written?
Harry Potter. ‘cause
Billionaire. Seriously, I’m very proud
of my body of work, and while it shows considerable growth as an author over my
current nine books, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I love the stories I’ve written.
4. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have
inspired you to write?
There are always so many.
A guy named Mark Clodi, author of “The Zombie Chronicles” has turned
into a great friend. I read and loved
his books, and was just starting mine at the time. He was always SO supportive. I can’t ever answer this question without
mentioning Chris Philbrook, author of Adrian’s Undead Diary, who not only read
my first novel and encouraged me, but did a ton of early promotion and helped
me build my fan base. To this day, he
and I talk regularly.
5. If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood
adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
I JUST had this conversation with an artist.
Victor Tookes: Thomas Jane
Marshall Tookes: Sean bean
John Hazard: Sam Worthington
Leo: Olivia Wilde
Kris: Jennifer Lawrence
6. How important are names to you in your books? Do you
choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have
any name choosing resources you recommend?
I name characters after my friends mostly. Seems like a cop-out answer, but it’s mostly
true. If it’s a bit-part or I just need
a name I just hit a random letter on my keyboard and mentally scroll through
names that start with that letter.
7. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My favorite book that I’ve written is actually The Evolution
of Vaughn. It’s a sci-fi novel set WAY
in the future, but in the same universe as What Zombies Fear.
8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
On a beach, living in south Florida, sipping fruity drinks
and banging out my 100th novel.
9. Were you already a writer, and have you always liked to
I’ve always been a story-teller, but I never thought of
myself as a writer. I started writing
What Zombies Fear as a dare, and here I am, 5 years later with almost a million
10. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring
Close Facebook, write every day.
11. If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for
Prior to being an author, I was in Learning and Development
for a major US Corporation.
12. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good
or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Yes, I read every one.
No, I never respond. (I did
once.. lesson learned…) As far as advice, you can’t please everyone.
If EVERY review is bad, you should re-work your story. But if you’re holding at 4+ stars on amazon,
recognize that bad reviews can sell books too.
MANY people are wary of books with ONLY 5-star reviews.
13. What is your best marketing tip?
Close Facebook, write the sequel.
14. What is your least favorite part of the publishing /
Editing. I sincerely
dislike reading my own writing, because I’m a fiddler. No, not the instrument, I just can’t keep my
hands out of the story. No matter how many revisions, no matter how many
changes and re-writes, I can’t EVER be ‘done’.
After a while, you’re not making the story any better, you’re just
making everyone around you do extra work.
15. Is there one subject you would never write about as an
author? What is it?
I’m not sure. I just
finished writing a scene in LEGION (Due out Feb 2015) where the main character
(Vanessa Ridolfi) feels extremely violated.
It was hard, both because she’s female and because I can’t imagine treating
a woman as she’d been treated. But those kinds of things need to be talked
16. Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you
to write than others?
Death. Not the
killing, I’m very good at killing people off, but how the death effects those
around them. I always have to take a
break for a couple of days after writing a funeral scene.
17. Is this your first book? How many books have you written
prior (if any?)
My first book was What Zombies Fear: A Father’s Quest. The 6th and final book in that
series, What Zombies Fear: The Incarnation is due out 12/15/2014. In addition to that, I have a
post-apocalyptic sci-fi series called Remnants: The Colcoa Wars. Book 1 is out,
with 2 and 3 to follow early in 2015.
And then there is The Evolution of Vaughn. My “Dark Tower” series. I can’t bring myself to Vaughn’s universe
often, but I visit as often as I can.
18. What are you working on now? What is your next project?
What Zombies Fear: LEGION is due February 2015. It starts at the same point as the 1st
What Zombies Fear book, following a different main character. Think of it as another portal into the
19. Do you write naked?
20. What is your biggest failure?
On a personal level, I’m divorced. On a professional level, I’d probably have to
say the promotion and marketing of The Evolution of Vaughn. It’s pretty deep sci-fi, and I think a lot of
my zombie-fans haven’t made the jump. I haven’t been able to dedicate the
promotional time/energy/effort into building a new sci-fi fan-base for it yet.
21. What is the biggest lie you've ever told?
“For a long time, it felt like “I’m an author”. But now I’ve told it so many times it feels
22. Have you ever gotten into a bar fight?
Yup. I was a
misguided youth up until last week.
23. Characters often find themselves in situations they
aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found
yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Because I write my books in a ‘linear’ fashion, I start at
chapter 1 and end with Chapter 40-something, I REALLY try not to go back and
add the magic bullet. I work to make the
characters sort out the trouble as it happens, with the tools they have
available. I think it makes for a much more realistic story. There have been times when I had to go way back to Chapter 3 and make sure the
main character is carrying a pocket-knife or something…
24. Do you drink? Smoke? And if so, what’s your favorite
Yes and yes.
Yuengling Lager is the nectar of the gods.
25. What is your biggest fear?
Having to go back to work in corporate America.
26. What do you want your tombstone to say?
“Here lies Kirk
He was kind of a jerk
He wrote a lot of books
Got a lot of strange looks
$20 says he died with a smirk.”
Or like “Kirk Allmond, Father, born 1974, died 3150”
27. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. In What Zombies Fear, the few humans who are
immune to the parasites that cause zombie-ism usually gain some kind of
super-power when they’re infected. The
teleporters are my favorite to write.
28. If you were a super hero, what would your name be? What costume
would you wear?
Captain Kirk, duh.
Jeans and a tee shirt. ‘cause I’m way too fat to wear my underwear on the
29. What literary character is most like you?
Victor Tookes. J What Zombies
Fear is autobiographical.
30. What secret talents do you have?
I am a web developer and graphic designer. I’m a good kisser? I can open a beer with a
31. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't
My future home is a small deserted island in the
Caribbean. I’ve never been to the Virgin
Islands, and would love to go.
32. What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
I’d like to publish 100 novels. (Thus the date of my death on the tombstone
33. If you could have any accents from anywhere in the
world, what would you choose?
Australian. Or Irish.
‘Cause even a fat cave troll with an Aussie accent gets love. And you
can’t dislike a guy with an Irish accent.
34. Do you have any scars? What are they from?
Lots. And lots. Surgery, road-rash, burns. Please see earlier question about “misguided
youth until last week”
35. What were you like as a child?
36. Do you dream? Do you have any recurring
I dream all the time.
But no, not really any recurring.
I used to have nightmares a lot.
Now I think I write them all away.
37. You’re being attacked by a hoard of brain eating zombies
at this very moment, and all you have is a butter knife, a week-old lemon and a
cheese grater. How would you extract yourself from the situation?
Clearly I’m in the kitchen and the house is overrun. I’d use the butter knife to pry the gas hose
off the stove, and put the cheese grater in the microwave, set for 15 minutes. Bail out the window over the sink, and run like hell, until
just before the explosion. Then I’d stop
and walk away as the house blows up behind me.
‘Cause cool guys don’t look at explosions.
38. Do you have any regrets? (Besides volunteering for this
I wish I’d started writing much sooner. And I wish I’d chosen the hot sauce on my
wings last night instead of Atomic.
39. And last, but certainly not least, do you have any books
you’d like to recommend/ shout-outs?
I loved the “Sleepers” series by Jaqueline Druga.
“Tankbread” by Paul Mannering
And of course, if you haven’t read One Man’s Island from
Thomas J. Wolfenden, you’re doing yourself a grave disservice.