First off, lets start with the interview:
What inspired you to write Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb?
I love zombie movies, but I couldn’t find any zombie books I wanted to read. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great zombie books (World War Z, I am Legend); however, I almost exclusively read MG & YA. It’s challenging to write a novel that’s filled with zombie killing action without venturing into territory too gory for teens.
How did you come up with the title Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb?
I wanted something that had a slightly over the top, almost comic or magna feel to it. While I was reading the manuscript, Nate, the MC, refers to the super zombie juice mega bomb, as I went back to capitalize it I just realized that had to be the title.
What are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up a YA paranormal story Girls Bite. It’s in the same vain as Twilight or Catching Fire, except it’s told from a guys perspective. I really enjoy these sorts of paranormal stories, but I think most guys are turned-off by the romance. I figured having the MC be a guy, might make more males open to reading it.
How did you get into writing?
While working at a tech company, they were looking for a volunteer to write a software manual; no one wanted to touch it. But I realized writing it would allow me to get out of the real work. When I started, it reminded me of just how much I enjoyed writing.
Do you have any must-haves while writing?
I like to have something to snack on. It used to be Peanut M&M’s, but 15 pounds later I decided I better find something healthier. I’ve settled on dried fruit. Also, while I like to listen to music while I revise, I need silence for writing and plotting.
When you’re not writing what do you enjoy doing?
Humm… between work, kids, and writing, I don’t have much free time. In fact, I do most of my writing after midnight—which might explain why I write so much horror/paranormal.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Just to read and write until you’ve been doing it so long you no longer have any idea if you’re any good or not.
What was the hardest part to write in SZJMB?
Rewriting & revising. It took me three years to finish SZJMB; a portion of that time was learning basic fiction technique. So, I spent a lot of time re-writing junk that I’d written earlier. It would have been faster to just start a different novel, but SZJMB kept calling me back.
Thanks a bunch Mike!
Also, Mike has kindly offered up a giveaway of Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb for giveaway. It is open internationally but if you live in the US you can choose between a paperback or ebook copy of SZJMB but if you're international then you can only win an ebook copy.
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Not to mention, as part of the tour M.J.A Ware is giving away a zombie survival kit every week on his blog!
About the author:
M.J.A. Ware, known as M.J. to his friends, lives in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains with his wife and two daughters. He wrote Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb because he felt there was a need for a zombie book with a broader appeal than just hard-core horror fans. A book that would not only appeal to both adults and teens, but would be teen safe.
When not writing about aliens, monsters and ghosts, he runs a company where he designs award winning video arcades. He’s currently polishing his latest novel, Girls Bite, a paranormal vampire story told from a guy's perspective.