Guest Post: Mark Tufo #SummerofZombie

Recently I asked my readers for some help in regards to suggestions for the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour posts. Below is one of them. Now I hope I can stay on track and actually answer the question.


Fred Goodrich – How about a day in the life/head of Mark Tufo during a book beginning



I get a lot of correspondence from folks who wish to write their own book. To them, I honestly hope nothing but the best. I think though that a fair majority of those poor souls believe that this is some sort of get rich quick scheme. My goal is not to dissuade you in anyway just to give you an incite in a day in the life of. Might as well start at the beginning, it generally involves me peeling the cat off of my stomach. Yes I have a cat and we have a deal, I give her food and she doesn’t eat me. Then I shamble my way down the stairs, years of football and the Marine Corps have made all my bendy places ache thoroughly in the morning. Thus begins my morning ritual with Henry who will vacate the couch he has no business being on to greet me at the bottom of the stairs, by the time I get down there his whole back side will be wagging not just his tail. Eventually after a minute or so Riley will get her lazy ass up as well and come over and get a decent ministration.

I typically hang with them for 10 to 15 minutes, they just have a way of making the world a better place. Then it’s off to the chickens. Yes I also have chickens and for someone that was deathly afraid of birds this was a bit of a hurdle for me. Bernard is the rooster and I got to admit he is alright in my book, he’s usually up by the gate because he knows without fail I’m bringing him a treat in the morning. A few minutes later I hit my office with a mug of iced coffee and begin the day in earnest. While I wait for the coffee to kick in I will generally do email, fb, twitter and whatever other medium I have going on correspondence-wise. This I do for maybe two hours, then on to writing. I strive for 3000 words a day, it doesn’t happen all the time but that’s my goal. Depending on the scene and how I have it laid out this takes about 5 hours. After another mug of coffee it is back to the correspondence which can take another hour.

At this point I’m about 8 hours in and I’ll take a break, either take the mutts for a walk or we’ll go out in the backyard and chill for a bit, or maybe into town to get more coffee, just depends on the day. After dinner I head back to my office and edit, I know, I know not edit in the traditional sense, I have no effen clue a preposition from an adjective, more like proof reading and lay out I suppose. No set schedule on this just depends on what’s on my plate, maybe about 2 hours. I then try to wrap up any final emails and jot down some notes in regards to tomorrow’s writing. By the end of the day I’m about 12 hours in, this was every day except for Christmas, for the last four years, but for the sake of sanity (and things around the house needing some work) I do not write on the weekends any more.

And all of that does not even begin to scratch the surface of all the things my wife does behind the scenes, she literally puts in more hours than I do. By the time we’re in bed together it is close to midnight. So to those of you who want to write, I salute you, but if you want even a modicum of success be prepared to pay, it will be the toughest job you will ever perform mentally. Now like I said this is in no way designed to dissuade, I ABSOLUTELY love what I do, I ADORE my fans, I cannot imagine doing anything differently except perhaps going on tour with Widespread Panic with Trip as my sidekick. 🙂 Oh we would have such fun together.


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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2015, with 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!

#SummerofZombie is the hashtag for Twitter, too!

23 thoughts on “Guest Post: Mark Tufo #SummerofZombie

  1. Cat? Omg I would have never have thought that would be something you would let near you. I’m one of your fans that is working on my own book. Any time I read anything blog or book related with you I always hear Sean Runnets voice.


  2. all the Tufo books are a brilliant way to lose yourself into a worlds where nightmares walk, zombies run and dogs fart…. Oh yes, and then there’s the pop tarts. Come the apocalypse!


  3. Thank you Mark, for sharing your gift of story telling with us. You bring to life such amazing characters and I hope you never stop.


  4. So glad you put in those hours, your books have helped me escape to another world for a few hours a day and leave the real shit behind!
    Keep up the brilliant work Mark 😊


  5. Great insight into a “day in the life” of a brilliant.. Well.. uhh interesting.. author.. Lol. It does sounds like a lot of work, but it sure shows in the final product! Thanks Mark!


  6. Mark thanks for being such an entertaining writer. Your ZF books are just fantastic. Looking forward to starting the Book of Riley series. I think I might read those to my American Bulldogs and tell them how they need to help out when the apocalypse starts haha.


  7. That sounds like a dream job. I’m so glad I stumbled across FZ1. The success of your books and your relationship with your fans give me a lot of incouragement about pursuing my dream. The literary world is better off having you as a member!


  8. Do you drink ice coffee everyday, even when it’s cold outside? I do. I have to have my coffee cold, I’m not much of a blow and sipper when it comes to my morning caffinated coffee. Thank you for sharing your day and sharing you gift with us.


  9. I love your Zombie Fallout books…you don’t even know lol. My 16 yr old son has figured out that if Mom is in a bad mood, she needs to go read some Fallout and that generally makes her a bit easier to deal with. Thanks for the books Mark!


  10. Ive always had a dream of writing romance book. As much as I’d love to be able to write stories, I honestly could not put in the time to just sit and write/type. So, I will continue to rely on folks like you, to keep me entertained. I cannot imagine a world where there is no books. I love to escape the real world and live in your worlds. It brings me great joy. Thanks for all you do!


  11. Wow… That makes me even more thankful for the time you take out of your busy day to comment back to me on FB. You and your wife are awesome! I am shocked that you have a cat, but I have a feeling that is the wife’s doing, not yours.


  12. Mark Tufo is hands down my favorite Zombie writer! Mike Talbot is my hero and a God among ficticious men! Henry is the shit(sometimes literally) and I’d give a least a pinky toe to have a friend like BT! Tripp has had me doubled over in pain from laughter and Tracy Talbot is my long lost sister. And then there is Tommy and his Pop Tarts….such a sweet and warm character there has seldom been. I’ve read ALL of Mark’s books with these characters and they are like family to me. Creating characters like that is nothing short of a miracle and takes an insane amount of talent! I literally wait with baited breathe for each new book in ALL of his kick ass series!


  13. Writing always sounds so easy and luxurious. But words. nuf said. Glad you can do it. We all appreciate the hard work you put in to crank out the stories.


  14. Truly the great escape of my daily grind! If someone had asked me about this genre of writing 10 years ago I would have laughed. Since I discovered the genius works of Mark Tufo, I can’t stop. Keep up the great work!


  15. enjoyed the blog post. You have a way of writing that allows your readers to picture your day in detail. Thank you, waiting not so patiently for 9!


  16. Thanks for sharing Mark…anything creative ALWAYS takes a lot of work…and us fans appreciate it soooooooooooo much!!! I think you are an Awesome guy, and cant wait for more of your awesomeness!!!!


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