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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Zombie Allure (Guest Post by Chris Tucker, Author of THE 5280 DIARIES)

Hey, there, blogketeers!  It's June and you know what that means:

After getting to interview Shawn Chesser two weeks ago I've been very lucky to be asked to feature a second guest for the tour! Today I'm very pleased to introduce fellow zombie author Chris Tucker, author of THE 5280 DIARIES.  First, let's get to know Chris and then jump right into his guest post.

About Chris Tucker:

Chris Tucker grew up in New England and has lived throughout the country. From an early age, he acquired a love for reading and always wanted to write his own book.

That opportunity came when he was living in Hawaii and he decided to start writing what would become his first novel - LOST VOYAGE.

After his son was born, the writing was put on hold and it would be more than a decade before the book would finally be published. It was a long road to finish up that first novel, but the resulting product is something he is extremely proud to have written, and even prouder to share with his readers.

When not writing, Chris spends his time raising his son, playing guitar, taking his pup to the park and hiking through the Rocky Mountains.

Chris currently resides in Denver.

The Zombie Allure

When I initially decided to write a short story zombie series, I wasn’t quite sure where it would take me. I’ve always love a good zombie story, whether it’s a book or a movie, (or of course – The Walking Dead), but I didn’t know how I would incorporate my love for the genre into an actual product to share with everyone else. My inspiration to finally write it came from the most unlikely of places…a short story series about local Florida businesses called THE FLAGLER BEACH FICTION SERIES (Let’s all take a minute to allow Armand Rosamilia’s head and ego to deflate here…).

The stories themselves had nothing to do with zombies or anything horror related, but it was the premise for which the stories were based on…they were about real people in fictitious situations. I read a posting about how Armand was getting all sorts of requests from people to have them or their business featured in the next series and a light went on in my head.

I thought it would be fun to use real people and locations during my zombie apocalypse – something that would make my readers connect more with the story. I found the perfect main character, Payden, who is a good friend of mine, and I couldn’t think of a better place to host the beginning of the zombie apocalypse than the town I live in – Denver.

THE 5280 DIARIES series was born.

I like the “real” feel to it in the sense that I can write about people I know and make the visual aspect even more authentic since I live here and can diagram the city on paper for a virtual zombie tour as the books are read. Everybody loves zombies (in that cute, cuddly way) and I often find myself writing about how I would handle the arrival of the undead. That’s my inspiration for writing the series and hopefully everyone will get a good laugh, cry, or whatever emotion I can pull from them.

We have all thought about the zombie apocalypse and if it could ever happen (or when it will happen). My books are my perspective into the event and how it would be handled. The undead may or may not end up taking over the world, but it sure is fun to think about. After all…wouldn’t that just be too cool if it did happen?

You can find the first two stories in THE 5280 DIARIES series here or by going to my website.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading.

You can follow Chris on his website, Amazon page, Twitter, and Facebook.

Make sure to buy your own copy of ONE SHOT ONE KILL and SANITY'S EDGE

The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with over 30 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them!  AND so you don't miss any of the posts in June, here's the complete list, updated daily: 

And don't forget you can enter my  #SummerZombie giveaway all month long!

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