Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Undying Love by Greg McCabe : Interview and Review



Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

I know it might sound cliché, but one of my all-time favorite characters is Holden Caufield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I identify with some of his teenage angst and really enjoy his vernacular and colloquialisms.

Who is your favorite author?

Clive Barker. I think every horror fan should read The Hellbound Heart.

Who are your books published with?

Sirens Call Publications. They have been really great and have absolutely exceeded my expectations with regards to working with a publisher.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Drink a good bottle of wine with my wife while we watch our dog make our baby giggle.

New York or LA? Why?

Texas. Wide open spaces, fresh air, and friendly faces. Plus I’m right in the middle of New York and LA.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

I would like to rewrite Jack London’s classic, Call of the Wild. It would be called Call of the Wild: Hell Hounds, and the story would revolve around John Thornton selling the souls of Buck’s offspring to the devil. Of course the demon dogs would wreak havoc on the small mining towns of the Alaskan wilderness.

Tell us about your current release.

I just released my first novel, The Undying Love. It’s about two young newlyweds who find themselves in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. They struggle to carve out an existence in a post-apocalyptic Texas while also trying to make sense of what has happened to the world.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

I’m not sure how much weight I attach to the actual character names. Personally, I just try to think of names that you would find in the real world. I don’t want them to be too vanilla, like ‘John Smith’ or ‘Sally Johnson’. But I also don’t want them to sound too made-up, like ‘Rosemary Steele’ or ‘Mercury Jones’.


For Diane and Jackson, life is just about perfect. They’re healthy, happy, and madly in love with one another. Unknown to them, a virus is sweeping across the globe that instantly kills the infected and turns their corpses into mindless, murdering cannibals. In short: zombies have taken over the planet.
Diane and Jackson find out about the epidemic the hard way when their wedding is crashed by friends and family who have succumbed to the virus. Now, fighting for survival, they're faced with unthinkable decisions.
Follow their story across Southeast Texas as they meet unforgettable characters and face challenges that will put their love, and lives to the ultimate test.


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4 Stars 
Nothing like having your wedding day coincide with the Zombie Apocalypse! For Diane and Jackson what should have been the happiness day of their lives instead became a desperate struggle to survive. At first the pair remains hidden, and then later they opt to travel across country picking up a few more survivors while evading Zombie swarms, searching for a place to hunker down.
This book starts off quickly and kept me engrossed all the way through it.  It is similar in some ways to most other Zombie books I’ve read, but I really got interested in the characters; their thoughts, motives, and interactions. I became invested in their travails and tribulations. I loved that Diane and Jackson supported each other and worked together. They experienced good times and difficult days – days when boredom, depression or grouchiness were inescapable companions, yet managed to hold onto that which was most dear.  Against overwhelming odds, Jackson tirelessly protects his wife.  It is a testament to their deep connection and commitment that even during the bleakest hour he risks everything for her.  I am really looking forward to more apocalyptic adventures in the stories to come. 
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 
Reviewed by Laurie-J



Greg McCabe is a proud Texan. He was born and raised in Midland, Texas, received a degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University, and currently resides in the Lone Star State. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Mandy, his daughter, Annabelle, and his dog, Walter, as well as traveling, sports, movies, reading, and writing. He enjoys all genres of fiction, but seems to gravitate towards horror and science fiction. The Undying Love is Greg’s first book.



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