What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
My book takes place during and after a zombie apocalypse and I realized, after I saw my characters walking around interacting in the book, how much everyday life has to go on. Sure you have just had your high school overrun with the undead, but after they have all been killed there still has to be a prom. Of course, all of the cops are dead, but someone has to be made to enforce law and order again. Even if you just have two people left in the world, they have to be left with a society in order to survive.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
I would like to go back and apologize to my grandmother. She grew up in
Europe during World War 2 and had to endure not only the fighting but then a Soviet occupation. I used to think it was funny when I would look under her bed and find a shotgun, or open her linen closet and see cases of canned food hidden under towels way in the back. It’s only now, after realizing what she grew up with, that I understand she wasn’t completely eccentric.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I used to play jazz trombone in a garage Ska band. I am not sure many people in my own family even know that.
If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?
War and Peace by Tolstoy. Only I would make Napoleon’s Grand Armee a horde of shambling undead. Now I think I can really sink my teeth into that. (And yes, I did just call dibs on the idea so don’t get any notions !)
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
WRITE! Even if you don’t want to, even if you are tired, even if you have nothing to write, keep making pages. Eventually they will turn into something. And once you have written something, don’t throw it away even if you don’t like it or don’t finish it. I have sold several short stories and articles that I have picked up and put down a half dozen times. Just like old bricks from a demolished building, paragraphs and concepts can be re-purposed.
Tell us about your current release
Disease-K has decimated the world leaving its victims shambling homicidal maniacs. And nestled along the warm Gulf waters sits
…the last outpost of civilization. With looters and thieves preying on the shocked survivors, it’s up to the retirees and bank tellers, phone repairmen and charterboat captains to put the town back together. Gulf Shores
There, in the sands and marshes of the Gulf of Mexico, the citizens of Gulf Shores along with scattered military units, a downed Air Force pilot, and a lone Coast Guard cutter form the last line of defense against the amassing horde of the infected marching its way toward the sea destroying what is left of humanity along the way.
Last Stand on Zombie Island is written from the perspective of several survivors of the upcoming zombie apocalypse on the geographically isolated man-made island on
. Billy Harris, the leather skinned recently divorced charter boat captain and single dad is, sarcastic and irreverent and thrust into an unlikely hero role. Captain Eric Stone is a battle-scarred National Guard officer forced to lead his dwindling MP Company to save his hometown. Major Sarah Reynolds, an icy cold Air Force pilot, had survived her crash landing on Gulf Shores Alabama but is just looking to get off the island for her own list of reasons. Bank teller Mackenzie Tillman is trapped at her job in the most literal meaning and has nowhere to go. Local pot merchant and seller of other people's stuff, Spud, is just trying to figure out how he can take advantage of the situation. Coast Guard patrol boat skipper Orlando Jarvis, fresh from the Academy, is struggling to make the right decisions to keep his ship safe. Gulf Shores
The book follows our survivors’ journey as they survive the initial outbreak.
|Gulf Shores Alabama|
Where do you research for your books?
This book was challenging. I have an extensive military and law enforcement background and am currently a firearms instructor and trainer for a Department of Homeland Security contractor, so that gave me a solid foundation for much of the technical parts of the story. However I also consulted with GPS experts for questions about how GPS would work post-ZPOC, took a cruise on a Coast Guard Cutter to see how they operate, hung out with Emergency management people and other such hands-on tasks that helped me understand what I was writing. Plus I watched a lot of zombie movies, ha-ha.
Christopher L Eger is a firearms instructor and security consultant to a federal government force protection contractor. He formerly worked in law enforcement and was a trainer for a fortune 100 telecommunications company among other journeys in life. Christopher has been writing nonfiction since 2005 and is a writer for Mississippi Sportsman magazine, Warship International and Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine with some 300 articles in print on military history, offshore game fishing, and naval events. While he has had several short stories published, Last Stand on Zombie Island is his first novel. You can follow him at his blog at: www.laststandonzombieisland.com
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