The Saturday Showcase
Al K. Line
Suitable for adults only.
Suitable for adults only.
Contains not only humor but strong language and scenes of zombies doing what they do best: eating your BRAINS!
Warning: Social media just got very bad for your health.
Some blamed Twitter, others Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and even MySpace. The zombie botnet infiltrated them all, and the world was changed forever.
#zombie was the biggest trend on Twitter ever, and zombie 'selfies' as much a cause for the destruction of mankind as the original zombie botnet itself.
A press of a button and flesh was the currency of choice, and there was only one person to blame: Sarah. Known to her friends (1) as Ven.
She didn't do it on purpose though, let's get that straight from the get-go.
Ven just wanted to steal your money, not your humanity...
Al K. Line is a British author who lives somewhere in England with his wife, son, and stinky dogs.
Previously a notorious botnet herder, he hung up his hacker moniker and turned to writing zombie novels rather than making your fridge send out mass email spam.
He finds it more fun and less likely to lead to incarceration.
Welcome Al and thanks for joining us today
Firstly can you tell us about yourself?
I am early forties, very handsome, live in a mansion and eat only Pot Noodles. Some of those may be fibs.
What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
I love the genre but it can get a little repetitive, so I wanted to break away from the regular fare and offer up something just that little bit unusual for readers. Basically, write the books I wanted to read.
Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
I am currently working on novel 3 in the Zombie Botnet series. The first two books have set up some of the main characters and developed a little bit of their background story. In book 3 we get to understand them on a deeper level, as well as get a lot more hardcore zombie action too.
What motivates and inspires you to write?
That's a tough question to answer. I think it simply comes down to the creative juices welling up and needing an outlet for them. Many lifetimes ago I was a painter, then I spent years doing more hands-on activities, now the creativity is spilling out via the written word.
The inspiration comes just as it it is fun, that is all that I need really.
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
No, but it anyone is offering I am all ears.
Actually I have been lucky enough to see a number of authors become successful and the number one rule is to not give up. It isn't going to happen overnight, it takes time, patience and a lot of words written. And they need to be good.
What is/are your all-time favourite novel/s?
I think it has to be The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. You want atmosphere? Murakami delivers it and then some.
Who is/are your all-time favourite author/s?
My favourite novels of all time have to be the Dune series, so I will say Frank Herbert for this one. As you can see my reading matter is eclectic. He creates a whole Universe, and a whole mythology and each novel takes you deeper in.
Do you have a favourite quote, if so what is it?
Bugger, we're out of milk.
How do you come up with the Titles for your novels?
The glimmer of an idea for the novel will bring forth the title.
Do you decide on your book title first, or do you write the book and then the title is decided later?
Title first, it dictates the road I go down in the novel.
When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG what am I doing with this plot line? Or: Who are these people I created? etc…
That's part of the fun. I loved seeing just what would happen next, it always comes as a surprise. The only things that freak me out are wondering just where on earth it all comes from. I have no idea!
Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so can you share?
I don't, I am lucky enough to be swimming in gold just like dragons do.
What is your preferred method of writing:- The plot pre-planned from day one, or just go with the flow and see what happens next?
I totally pants it. I never have a clue what is going to happen next, I am as in the dark as the reader will be for the most part. I often write random scenes once I have a rough idea of what is going on, but there is no complete outline for the characters, they do what they want and I just take notes really.
If you don’t like a character you’re writing about, what do you do?
a. Kill them off instantly
b. Get over it and learn to like them
c. Give them a whole new personality
d. or something else – do tell?! Please!
Kill 'em, they deserve it!
If you were stranded on a faraway island:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
Al, definitely. He doesn't appear until book 2: Zombie 2.0, but I absolutely love him. He actually makes me laugh as I think about what he is going to do. Plus he cuts quite an intimidating figure too, plus his speech has been a real challenge to write, so I lurve him.
Which type of book do you prefer to read?
d. Non – I listen to audiobooks!
That's a tough one. As I read a lot of Indie fiction then it is mostly on the Kindle. But you can't beat the smell of a paperback, so I guess if I could have a paperback instantly when I wanted it then I would go for paper every time.
Do you have any weird writing rituals? (Such as, you can only start writing after you’ve scoffed all the choc-chip cookies and drank 3 cups of full-caff coffee? Or only after you’ve listened to a certain song or playlist? etc… do share)
Um, I have to let the chickens out, does that count? If I don't then they jump up in their house and shout to be let out, so the morning ritual is open the door to let them grub about and then try to drink some coffee to wake up.
What is the very best thing about writing for you?
Sitting back at the end of the day and wondering where the hell that all came from. It's very exciting, and a little scary too.
How many novels/books do you typically read in a month?
Probably about ten a month.
Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies that you’d like to share with us?
Shouting at my dogs and hoping for sunshine.
Are you a morning person or a night owl or an inbetweener?
Inbetweener. I am productive if I get up early but hate it. I love my sleep and always have a siesta in the day at some point.
What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
Correcting my many spelling mistakes. When I write I don't correct anything as I go, so I have a lot of corrections that need to be made once I settle down after a flurry of mad typing.
How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?
A month. When I get in the groove there is no stopping me. I write fast, I totally pants my novels, and I let the characters take me where they will.
How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?
If possible then a full day, but with a young baby at the moment it is a matter of grabbing time whenever I can.
What is the one book you can’t live without?
The Silver Spoon. As my Wife has made so many great recipes from it that I now can't imagine life without it. I do like my food.
Are you a:
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer
It was a laptop, now it's a desktop. But even when I used a laptop I always only worked at my desk so does that still count?
If you didn’t write or you went through a dry spell (aka a bit of writers block), what would you do to fill the creative void instead?
Build a house.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Home, as travelling is knackering.
Who would be your dream cast if your novel was made into a movie?
Sandra Bullock as Ven, my baby as the baby, my dog as the dog, and Johnny Depp as Kyle, if he could pull off the age difference – he is getting on a bit now.
If you had a choice – a dream come true - which would be your preference: Your books serialised - a weekly show or made into movies?
Movies please. When do I get the check?
Can you tell us why you think we’d love to read your novel?
It's a new take on a very saturated genre. You won't read it thinking it is like other zombie books you have read. The premise for infection is unique, I haven't seen it done before, and the characters are not your typical types. There are no macho guys with intimate knowledge of guns – it's the total opposite and it hits a lot closer to home.
Finally, what 7 words best sum up your novel?
Well there you have it, #Zombies everywhere, swimming in gold just like dragons do, bugger we're out of milk, and the internet is a very scary place!
Thanks so much to Al K. Line for joining us today, sharing a most entertaining interview and his novel:
Book 2: Zombie 2.0 will be live by the end of next week
I'll be back on Monday with a Book Blog Tour, hope you'll join me then