Podcast Interview

Armand Rosamilia and Mark Tufo interview E.E. Isherwood on Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast. It was my first voice interview and I couldn’t have found a better venue. Two of my favorite zombie authors work together (or against each other, you never really know) and gave me an hour of their time to talk about my books. At one point I was even described as a genius for how I marketed my books, but I was so dazzled by the egos in the room I forgot to mention the name of my book, the name of my book series, or the name of my website. SOME GENIUS! :)

Those guys are hilarious to listen to anyway, but being there was an author’s dream. NSFW (language).

http://www.projectiradio.com/arm-n-toofs-dead-time-podcast-episode-47/

Zombie Books 1-4 in Print

STS-1-4-coversThis is the week when I finally get caught up! I’ve been trying for months to get my zombie books into print, but there is always one thing or another that gets in my way. I should have the proofs this Friday for Books 3 and 4. People have been asking about this for just as long as I’ve been writing, and now I can finally put this baby to bed. Book 5 might hit print at about the same time it goes digital. That’s the dream anyway!

 

Book 5 Begins. Polar Bears, Oh My!

polar bears-500So zombie book 5 is titled Zombies Vs. Polar Bears. What does it mean?

In my universe the United States is very similar to present day. The (opposition party) won the presidency in 2017 (when the book takes place). Lots of Americans rose up to protest, and the movement became known as the Patriot Snowball because it kept growing larger and larger. Their flag had an angry polar bear on it. No one messes with a polar bear. Thus, if you were a Patriot, you were nicknamed a polar bear.

This book digs into a little of the origin of the movement, and the results. Liam is always digging for the truth, and the official word from government-sanctioned media is that the Patriot Snowball released the zombie plague on the world. A ridiculous claim, especially since Liam and Victoria have an inside line on other aspects of the plague and where it came from. But can they prove anything in a world where the internet is collapsed and the loudest speakers are controlled by the government?

And the zombies continue to intermingle. The “climbers” from Chicago have spread out far and wide, making it as far south as Cairo. The “dreamers” from Kansas City have reached the suburbs of St. Louis. And what’s so special about St. Louis zombies? We still don’t know…

PRE-ORDER on KINDLE [June 23, 2016]

 

Book 4 Launches!

Lots of stuff going on today. Books on sale. Launch parties. Sleep (somewhere along the way). If you pre-ordered book 4, I recommend you delete it on your Kindle and re-download it right away. I added some last-minute edits and I couldn’t beat Amazon’s cutoff to get them in. I want you to have the very latest version when you crack into it!

Last Fight of the Valkyries on Amazon.

Band of Dystopian Authors launch party tonight.

All my books are on sale. Check them out!

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Book 4 Launch Countdown

Only FOUR days to go before book FOUR launches. I need FOUR minutes of your time to click on my Thunderclap campaign and use the power of social media to spread awareness of the book before Thursday.

Thank you, as always, for reading.

E.E. Isherwood

400 Pre-orders of Last Fight of the Valkyries

valkyries-500I’m excited to announce a major milestone for me as a writer. My fourth book, Last Fight of the Valkyries, now has 400 pre-orders! This is amazing to me. Thank you to everyone who bought an advanced copy. If you all sat together you’d fill a good sized school auditorium. That is something I think about each time I sit down to write. Real people out there are taking the time to order and then read about my zombie universe. It doesn’t get any better for a writer!

PRE-ORDER on KINDLE

As always, it inspires me to work harder to cut new ground in the genre.

New Revolutions Per Mile Series

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I’ve been fascinated by Mad Max since I was a kid in the early 80’s. I picked things up with Road Warrior and Thunderdome, then went back later to watch the original. More recently, Fury Road was my favorite movie of 2015.  As a writer it would be tempting to write something very similar to those movies, since I really enjoy that world.

Buy Post Apocalyptic Ponies on Kindle

However, because an author always needs to cut new ground, I’ve created a new series based on a time period closer to our own. By that I mean the world is post-apocalyptic, but it hasn’t yet devolved into a Mad Max-style of kill-or-be-killed driving. Regular people are still driving regular cars, but they are doing it at high speeds and most of the action takes place in high plains Kansas. If you’ve ever been there it would remind you of Max’s Australian outback–but instead of sand it would be endless grasslands and farms. Towns are few and far between. If the world blew up, and if cars were still on the road, they could be used to transport goods and people between those wide open towns. I call the courier system the Prairie Express.

Here’s the setup:

The wheels came off the world two years ago. It was a global war to be sure, but without television or internet people quickly forgot the specifics. Survival itself became the 24-hour news cycle.

With her father’s high performance sports car, Perth Hopkins managed to outrun the plagues, famines, riots, and most other refugees. She’d made it to safety, far from the ruined cities.

Today, years later, she drives as a high-speed courier between the small farming towns in the breadbasket of a new nation. She’s learning the rules of the road in the safe interior—the pony pastures—but she craves the speed and danger of the interstate. Those routes are run by the older girls…

When one of those girls shows up at just the right time, Perth’s opportunity to move up arrives. But can she handle it? Is she willing to trade safety for speed? And really, how much worse can it be out there?

This is a KINDLE SHORT READ (90-120 minutes) and begins the Revolutions Per Mile series.

And here’s the introduction to Perth.

The long ribbon of pavement brought me to this place when I was fifteen. It chewed on my leg like a feral dog for two years until I was old enough and talented enough to get behind the wheel and tame it. Once I tasted the road, I bled gasoline.

I now live in high plains Kansas. It’s an island of safety between the glowing nuclear pyres. Girls my age must work to survive, same as everyone else. My unfortunate sisters have to toil in the fields or wrench in garages. They go slow.

I’m one of the lucky few: I spend my life going fast as a courier. I feel the wind through my hair. I get to see what’s over the horizon. I do everything in the top gear. Without us drivers, this place would be nothing more than tumbleweeds and hawks.

I never look back, except for my dad. He perished with the rest of the world. Truth be told, I wanted to die with him. But some days, when I drive very fast, he returns to me. Tells me I’m pushing too hard.

He always forgets. Out here, there’s no slowing down.

These aren’t full-length books (my Sirens books are about 300 pages a piece. These are more like 70) but they are full-length stories. I have plans to write full-length books in this world. I already have 3 short stories plus two larger books sketched out on my idea pad. As a writer I have to keep testing the market to see what readers enjoy. Their interest and mine crossed with the Since the Sirens books. Perhaps the same will happen with these.

I hope you enjoy them.

E.E. Isherwood

April 20, 2016

 

 

Zombie Book 4 87k Words

One thing I love about writing is that no matter how much you plan, you never really know where the book is going to take you. I listen to the story and let it tell itself. I do use an outline to keep a trajectory in mind so I don’t just write forever, but once I’m into the weeds of typing it out, I’m often taken into new areas I never imagined when I created the outline. I’m almost done with the epilogue of this book, and it’s taken me in some new directions. The ending of the main portion of the book was unlike anything I could have thought up prior to writing it. The ending only became obvious when I was deep in the story, and even then I resisted up until the very end to write what I needed to write.

Sometimes, you just have to let your characters tell the story they want to tell. Right?

I’m sitting at 87,000 words. This book is a little longer than I thought it would be, but I feel really good about the material I’ve written. I don’t see any reason why it will go over 90,000 after edits and whatnots.

Then, I can start on the next book!

EE

50 Reviews of Since the Sirens

Wow, I’m so happy to have enough readers go through my first book that 50 people have now left reviews. I view this as an achievement almost on par with publishing the thing. Real people have entered my imagination and spent the time there as they read through my story. That is probably the coolest thing about writing.

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Reviews are a funny thing. Some authors studiously avoid looking at the reviews people leave for their books, because they don’t want to stress out about it. However, as a self-published author I’ve found it very helpful to at least check in once in a while to ensure reviewers aren’t reporting major problems with my book, such as it is missing a chapter or had so many grammatical errors they couldn’t finish it. Fortunately, I’ve avoided those big pitfalls.

Most reviews have been very favorable (4.6 average over 50 reviews). So many people gave it five stars, and there is lots of really great feedback about the book. It’s truly humbling to read. The book is about zombies, but I tried to add in some deeper meaning in how my characters handled the changes thrust upon them at the end of the world. Apparently a lot of people enjoyed that. The poorest reviews come from people who didn’t favor the religious predilections of Grandma Marty, which I respect. I’ve been told it should have a warning to let people know religion would have a role in the book, but I think the reviews do a pretty good job of that…so I’ll let them carry that load. I wrote the book by letting Marty say what she wanted to say, and what came out is what you see. You don’t try to tone down a 104-year-old lady. :)

Thank you to all who left reviews, even the negative ones. Taken together I hope they give future readers a good perspective on what they can expect when they open up book 1 and enter the zombie apocalypse with my characters.

Enjoy!

EE