Spotlight On: Mark Tufo #WinterofZombie

SPOTLIGHT ON: Mark Tufo

 

Why zombies?

Because they strike a chord of fear in all of us. They are not your typical movie monster, in that, they were once human. Our mothers, fathers, sisters brothers, even our children could become this most vilest of villians.

What is your latest zombie release?

Zombie Fallout 10 – The Tattered Remnants

Quick description of it.

We follow along with Mike Talbot and company as they battle through the z-poc, there are more twists and turns than a steep mountain road along the way. Pretty basic I know but I don’t want to give any plotlines away this deep in the series for anyone who may have not read it.

Something unique about it.

There’s a character named Gambo, I think that should be self explanatory!

Links for people to buy it.

All books are available in audio version at Audible.com or itunes.

All books are available in electronic format or print at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com

 

Your promo links.

email

mark@marktufo.com

 

website

www.marktufo.com

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Tufo/133954330009843?ref=hl

 

Twitter

@zombiefallout

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Your short Bio.

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA (and an advanced degree in partyology) and later joined the US Marine Corps. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution, after beginning his climb up the corporate ladder he found himself laid off. His wife, Tracy who was desperate to keep him out of her hair dared him to write a book, and the Zombie Fallout series was born.

He wrote the first installment of the Indian Hill trilogy in college, it sat in his garage until July 2009 when he published it on Kindle. Mark is currently working on the continuation of the ZF series and a new book due out in November of 2014. He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs (and a damned cat).

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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!

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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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Guest Post: Mark Tufo #SummerofZombie

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I have the honor of being on Armand’s blog again the problem was I couldn’t figure out what to write about, I turned it over to my fan base who thankfully came up with some awesome suggestions! So without further ado here is one such suggestion:

Twyla DeShazo I would like to hear about the impact your incredible imagination has had on your life. And a list of goals you have for the future!

Way back in the year 2000 I got the funny idea to go back to school, took a bunch of computer classes in the hopes I could leave my blue collar behind and put on what I believed to be the much more coveted white collar. It still amazes me how we always think the grass is greener on the other side. Any way I got a job right out of school really thought it was the right move, more money more bennies it made the hard work seem worth it. Yeah that was right up until I got laid off the first time. While I was looking for more work I stumbled across a story I had started back in college entitled Indian Hill. Luckily I found work at a great company but I still pecked away at the IH series finishing book 1 and 2 and even starting 3.

In 2008 my wife read the first book and was thoroughly impressed! Okay that might be an embellishment, but she did like the story. So we shopped that thing to EVERYONE, I got more NO’s than I care to count, so we slapped on a stock cover and did something that was relatively new at the time, and gave self-publishing a go. Bad editing, crappy cover equaled about zero sales. I was working a traditional job so writing was on the back burner, I didn’t even bother finishing IH3. So fast forward a bit to late 2009, I once again find myself in the unemployment line but this time the economy has tanked, what I figured was going to be a two week ‘staycation’ ended up being close to six months of panic as we struggled to pay bills and keep food on the table. I’m about as stressed as I’ve ever been, couldn’t sleep worth a shit, started reading like a fiend to divert my mind, then when that stopped working, I started writing again, it seemed that was the balm to soothe my soul.

I no sooner finished Zombie Fallout 1 and I landed a job. We once again relied on my less than adequate editing skills, got a cover and ‘published’ the book. Sold 3 copies in seven months, I didn’t give a shit, writing did something for me I’d never felt before, it energized my head, so I kept doing it. Blazing through ZF2 then ZF3 and then even finishing IH3 just to see how the series ended. As I was writing the 4th installment of the ZF series was when we began to see a shift, we were going from some extra scratch money in the house to actually being able to pay some bills. My writing was helping us financially, we turned some of the money back around, hired an editor revamped the covers and marched on. By the time we were set to release ZF5 I’d quit my job and decided to pursue a writing career full time. Did it scare the shit out of me? Oh hell yeah, it still does. I’m a blue collar man at heart, I don’t think that’ll ever change and now my livelihood and that of my family depends solely on sales, that fear roots around in my head like a persistent, relentless worm. Self doubt is a bitch.

I no longer work the grind of the 9 to 5, but oh how I miss the hours! Being self-employed I work constantly, easily amassing 80 or more hours each week and I had to will myself down to that amount just to hold on to what little sanity I still possess. So in a nutshell being an author in a few words is: surreal, awesome, and terrifying. It has fundamentally changed my life and for that I have you the readers to thank. My goals are to ultimately see one of my creations on the screen that would be the penultimate thing as far as I’m concerned or maybe get on wikipedia!

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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!

Guest Post: Mark Tufo #SummerofZombie

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I am honored to once again be a part of Armand’s Summer of Zombie Blog Tour. I’m honestly quite amazed he keeps inviting me back, I’m kind of a pain in the ass and rarely take anything seriously. With that being said part of the tour is supplying blog posts so I turned the question over to my readers and asked them what they would like to know about me. Below is one of the folks suggestions that I chose.

Sean Moriarty How much the support of your many many fans means to you and how it influences you.

Ah fans how I love thee so, let me count the ways! It was one fan many moons ago that kept me from pulling the plug on the whole author experiment. I’d put out the first Zombie Fallout book, I’d just come off a forced vacation from my previous job (laid off) and we could not even begin to contemplate laying down money for editing it just wasn’t in the budget, we were beyond broke. When we first released the book it honestly wasn’t with any intention of people buying it, it was more like ‘Wow how cool is that I have a book on Amazon!’ Yay me!

Then lo and behold about a year later folks did start buying it. Got a couple of good reviews then I started getting hammered into the ground because of the editing. It was brutal, people who hadn’t even read the book would throw their opinions in. I was like ‘eff this who the hell needs this kind of stress’. One night I was feeling pretty down, I was literally about to head up the stairs and tell my wife to take the book down I just didn’t want any more part of it. I then get the little notification saying I’ve got an email, I open it up. It’s from a reader, Rich Baker as a matter of fact. I didn’t know him then but the basic contents of the email were, screw the haters you tell a great story just keep rolling with it.

He kept me from hitting the purge button so I can’t imagine a reader having a bigger impact than that, he literally saved my career. Of course we’ve thankfully had a small army of professionals go over ZF1 and clean it up so what you’ve read since is much better than the original story. Now going forward as more readers have hopped onto the ZF train I feel like we’ve become one huge family, I know that sounds all touchy feely, but come on, you know if you’ve ever reached out to me, I do my best to get back to you as quickly as I can and I am always sincere in my appreciation of all you’ve done for my family and myself.

You guys are everything to me, without your support I’m just some weird guy with a long goatee who taps away at a keyboard. You guys always help when I ask, I’ve gotten story ideas from you, we commiserate together when a character dies or won’t, you know who I’m talking about. I see the criticism with certain storylines and obviously I can’t make everyone happy but when I see a trend I can and will alter a story hoping to give readers more of what they want. So basically I cannot even begin to express how much you guys influence me, probably more than you know. And to each and every one of you, thank  you. You still can’t have Henry though.

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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!

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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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!

Spotlight On: Mark Tufo #SummerofZombie

Summer of Zombie 2015 SPOTLIGHT ON: Mark Tufo

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What is your latest zombie release?

Should be ‘A Shrouded World 2: Atlantis’ depending on the timing, or maybe Riley V: The Final Path Home of Zombie Fallout 8 – An Old Beginning if neither of the other two has come out yet!

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Quick description of it (no spoilers)

 For the sake of this question I will say that ASW2: Atlantis has come out. This is my second collaborative effort with my buddy John O’Brien this one going much smoother than the first I think because we oiled the gears with copious amounts of alcohol for this go around. HEY I’m a writer I’m supposed to drink, it says so in the Author’s Handbook 5th edition. This continues the tale of Jack, Mike and Trip as they travel through a hostile environment each having been ripped from their respective worlds and thrust into a hellish apocalypse where not only zombies run free but also night runners and the terrifying Whistlers.

Something unique about it.

Two authors, three hording monsters that’s fairly unique!

 

Links for people to purchase it.

These are the links for ASW 1 as 2 has not been released at the time of this interview but it is in editing as of 5/2 and should be out long before this sees the light of day. These are just the amazon and audible links it is available at B&N, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, basically if you have an electronic device you can get the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Shrouded-World-Whistlers-1/dp/1500826561/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430578729&sr=8-1&keywords=a+shrouded+world

http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_hp_tseft?advsearchKeywords=a+shrouded+world&filterby=field-keywords&x=0&y=0

Your promo links.

 

I love hearing from readers, you can reach me at:

 

email

mark@marktufo.com

 

website

www.marktufo.com

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Tufo/133954330009843?ref=hl

 

Twitter

@zombiefallout

 

All books are available in audio version at Audible.com or itunes.

 

All books are available in print at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com

 

Your short Bio.

Hi my name is Mark Tufo and this is my small bio slash zombie homage. First off trying to boil your life down to a few paragraphs is like trying to get out of the house with a newborn in under 5 minutes. Those of you with kids will understand the reference. Speaking of which I have three, thankfully they are mostly grown at this point which has allowed me to pursue a writing career. I grew up a blue collar man in a blue collar family, after a stint in the Marines and then the more dangerous Post Office, I decided to educate myself and get one of those cushy white collar jobs. Well I got a few, damned thing was though I couldn’t hold on to them. Kept getting laid off. It was during these down times that I began to write, it was a way to cope with the stress of having a family that was becoming more and more difficult to support.

My wife and I put out the first Zombie Fallout book in February of 09, there was huge fan-fare, ticker tape parades and maybe even some hyperventilating from the one fan that bought the book that month. Didn’t matter much that wasn’t why I had written it in the first place. I wrote a zombie book because I’ve always been fascinated with the genre. Ever since I was 7 years old and my cousin who was babysitting thought watching Night of the Living Dead would be a good way to while away the time. I’d never been so scared and enthralled at the same time in my entire life. I devoured all things zombies, movies, books, comics. Didn’t matter much. And then during one of my lay-off periods, my wife dared me to write one. (Mostly so I’d leave her alone) And I haven’t looked back.

The Zombie Fallout series is 8 novels and 1 novella long, with Zombie Fallout 9 due in October. I have the Timothy series which is written through the eyes of a zombie (not for the faint of heart – and don’t eat and read it – you’ve been warned). And there is also the continuing saga of The Book of Riley, a zombie tale told through the eyes of Riley an American Bulldog. I don’t always write about the quasi-dead, but they’re never far from my brain! (Horrible pun but fitting – Thank you for taking a few moments to learn a little about me)

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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!

“Summer of Zombie” 12 ebook box set! Only $1.99

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Get your Zombie Apocalypse fix here: 13 of today’s Best Selling Zombie authors bring to you this ebook box set of 12 books to start off the Summer of Zombie tour. 818,631 words 356 chapters to fill your summer!

A Shrouded World: Whistlers
Mark Tufo & John O’Brien
When two worlds collide…
Jack Walker and Michael Talbot come from two worlds; the same, yet different. They both find themselves transported into an alien one, where things aren’t as they seem.

Bob The Spy
Jaime Johnesee
Bob is back, join him and his pal Face as they do their bumbling best to try and stop a plot to overthrow the world’s governments.

Loose Ends
Jay Wilburn
Loose Ends is the story of three cooks and a mute boy (the narrator) who are the only survivors of a raider attack after the zombie apocalypse. They proceed to look for a new home, but in the process uncover the darkness in each other’s pasts.

Undead Drive-Thru
Rebecca Besser
When Kyndra, Colleen, and Jose apply for jobs at a diner that has seen better days and is undergoing renovations, they have no idea what they’re in for.
Aunt-B and John have a horrible secret, and when it’s unleashed on the unsuspecting employees of the diner, things get . . . complicated.

Trudge: Surviving the Apocalypse
Shawn Chesser
For Cade Grayson, husband, father, and former Delta Force operator, that one warm sunny Saturday in July—later to be labeled Z-Day by some anonymous person probably long dead—began like all the others before, and none since.

T-Minus Zero
Jack Wallen
“Lights! Camera! Zombies!
In this prequel to the I Zombie series, the Zero Day Collective hires an award-winning director and Hollywood film crew to document the first-ever release of the Mengele Virus. Death is ready for its close up… are you?”

Humanity’s Hope: Camp H
Greg P. Ferrell
Mankind has always worried about the end of its days and that time has come in the form of a Zombie plague. A group of friends have banded together to create a safe haven they call Camp H, for hope. They are unaware of approaching danger on two horizons that will take them to their limits to survive. One among them may hold the key to humanity’s salvation.

Benton: A Zombie Novel
Jolie du Pre’
The First Zombie Book of Jennifer Benton’s Adventures
Zombies have killed everyone in the Benton household–all except twenty-something Jennifer. She’s escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois is overrun. Where can she go?

The Orphans: Origins
Mike Evans
When one man pushes science past it’s breaking point, an unimaginable hell is unleashed on society. The Orphans: Origins Vol I is a zompoc tale like no other before it. Biochemist Frank Fox lost his wife to cancer eight years ago. He’d been recruited by the military to work on a classified mission for a cure that could save tens of thousands soldiers.

Dead Hunger II
Eric A. Shelman
As Flex, his niece Trina, Gem, Hemp and Charlie brave the wild world teeming with the walking dead, they make up the rules as they go along.

Dying Days: Origins
Armand Rosamilia
The prequel tale to Tosha Shorb, featured in Dying Days 2 zombie novella as well as short stories set in the Dying Days world.
Includes two bonus stories

Odium: The Dead Saga
Claire C. Riley
It’s better to die by the gun than die by the dead.
Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.
Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.
And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.