Guest Post: Mark Tufo #SummerofZombie

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So recently for some strange reason Armand Rosamilia invited me back for his latest Summer of Zombie Blog Tour, of course I was thrilled, then I had the question of what was I going to write about. I thought perhaps astrophysics or cell germination with regards to mutated fungus then I figured it would be best if I let my readers decide. 🙂

Jaimie Nowell I’d like to read something about how you create your books. Outlines, creative boards, sitting down and banging it out without a plan? How do you do it?

I would absolutely LOVE to tell you guys that I sit and storyboard my stories for a couple of months and then I plop down and follow my outlines to a tee. Unfortunately in my case nothing could be further from the truth. Sure I have a general idea of the direction I want my stories to go but very rarely do they adhere to my wishes. I truly let the characters dictate the narrative. Here are but a couple of examples, in Zombie Fallout, Tommy and Eliza were never part of the original storyline, can you imagine how very different the series would be? In The Spirit Clearing, Jandilyn Hollow wasn’t even in the book, never even had a female character. There’s twists and turns throughout my books just because of the unpredictable nature of my characters, so a lot of times when you’re surprised at something that has happened, so am I because I never saw it coming.

I have author friends who plan everything down and I’ll be honest, at times, I am extremely jealous of this particular talent especially at three in the morning when I am contemplating what I am going to write about the following morning or how I am going to get out of a particular corner that I have painted myself into. This is why I always find it funny when I receive a dozen or so requests a week on some tips for writing. ‘Fuck if I know’, is generally my first thought. What I do like about my style is the ability to have fluidity within my story, I’m not anchored to a conclusion, I can meander my way along however I see fit. I’m running with the one positive!

So in a nutshell I am of the banging it out without a plan type of author. Do I recommend it? Well I suppose there’s easier ways to go about writing a book but it’s working for me and like my drill instructor used to say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fucking break it. If you’re a writer, reading this post in the hopes of gleaning some ‘secrets’ to penning a story, the best I can offer is do whatever feels right to you, there is no wrong way. If you are a reader of my books you now have a glimpse into the madness of my method, in that there really isn’t one. Flown by the seat of my pants my entire life, pretty sure I’m not going to change now. Thanks!

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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!

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