Guest Post: John O’Brien #SummerofZombie



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Hello there. I’m John O’Brien and I write the series, A New World. My recent release was A New World: Storm.

First off, I guess I should mention first off that the creatures in the series aren’t technically zombies.  When some mention my creatures being zombies, I just close my eyes and nod.

I began writing in this genre due to the fact that I am constantly envisioning survival-type scenarios.  I think of one and place myself in the situation, thinking of solutions and throwing wrenches into whatever plan I came up with.  I lose myself for hours pondering ideas, ways of doing things better, likely outcomes and what actions others might take.

In my opinion, a post-apocalyptic world offers the ultimate survival situation.  It’s in this world that I spend most of my time daydreaming.  Going through various situations, things that would arise, items I would need, how to gather supplies, and set up for long-term survival.  In the midst of these wanderings, a story was born.  It wasn’t until I was introduced to the zombie genre that I began to incorporate them into my ‘stories’.  They threw an extra element of survival and danger into the mix.  I pondered the slow-moving zombie hordes and a story centered around them.  I didn’t like how it evolved in my mind.  Then, the idea of fast moving creatures entered and the story took off, itching to get out.  Several of the survival situations I envisioned merged into one larger story.  The more I delved along this line, the more it wanted to be told until I just had to sit down and begin writing.

The tale isn’t about some super hero, but just a normal person having to deal with the sudden demise of the civilized world as we know it.  Facing the situation with what he has at hand, and having to learn about everything that happened as he goes along.  I wrote it in the first person so the reader put themselves in his show, know his thoughts, the reasoning behind his actions, what he saw and reacted to.  The reader could trek along with him as he journeys through a post-apocalyptic world.  And thus, Jack Walker was created.

The thoughts that I have running in my head fused with Jack, but he also became his own person who surprised me at times.  Okay, maybe not that much, but the other characters sure did.  I like them and they all live within me.  I still think about them as I go about my day.  Jack, Lynn, Robert, Bri, Gonzalez, McCafferty, Bannerman, Frank, Greg, the lot of them.  This series tells their story.

I generally try to stay away from reading within the genre as I don’t want to subconsciously take anyone else’s ideas.  However, with that said, you can’t go wrong with stories written by Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, Armand Rosamilia, James Cook, Joe McKinney, Heath Stallcup, Eric Shelman, and a host of others.

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Author Bio:

John O’Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, John became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry in corporate management. Currently, John is writing full-time on the series, A New World.

As a former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the Capital Forest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.


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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!

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