Writing A New World Series – A Zombie Week exclusive from John O’Brien
The series started a series of daydreams/scenario visualizations I’ve had for the past several years. The thoughts were more from a survival perspective as opposed to a world infested with zombies. And for me, the post-apocalyptic world represented the ultimate survival situation. I’ve thought about survival in many aspects; more of creating scenarios and the “what would I do” type of thing. The addition of zombies, or night runners in my case, was a way of throwing an added threat into the scenarios.
The books are a culmination of various scenarios and experiences. My son actually introduced me into the world of zombies. I mean, I’ve watched the mainstream of movies that came on from time to time, but he initiated into the realm of the print zombie world with the, “You have to read this.” I was hooked. The imagination of various authors out there amaze me. I enjoy the way the multitude of ways the outbreak starts, the ways characters handle the situations, the varied storylines. I recently met an author who created a world of spec ops werewolves created to tackle the zombie outbreak – ingenious!
I like writing my stories in the first person. I feel it lets you get inside the head of the protagonist and other characters as well as get an up close and personal look at the events as they transpire. One thing the first person does is keep the events localized – from the eyes of the protagonist or characters depending on the view. I’m more familiar with small group tactics and so have tried to keep the scenarios centered on what I know. I’m not perfect in the book actions by any stretch but I’ve tried to keep it real. There has to be some literary license involved to keep the story interesting. If I were to provide for the perfect sanctuary and events, it would be like watching paint dry except you’d be reading about it.
I am more than thrilled with the reviews and would like to thank each and every one of you who read the books and have taken the time to go back and share your thoughts. That goes with those that have messaged me via email or Facebook. Thank you! The reviews for the first book, A New World: Chaos, had some mixed ones thrown in – I appreciate those as well as I feel you can only get better by those sharing their thoughts. Those centered around the slow start to the series and book. I am the first to admit it does start slow. One, it was my first attempt at finding my “voice” in writing and two, I wanted to give an in-depth look at Jack, thoughts, and his actions so the reader might better understand him and why he does things. It also allows the end of the book and subsequent books to flow without having to draw the reader out to explain something – at least in my opinion. I could be totally wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time nor will be the last.
I hope, if you do manage to get into the series, that you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them. I’m currently working on Book #5, A New World; Awakening, which will hopefully be out toward the end of June. Also, if you do read them and enjoy them, I would also be eternally grateful if you’d throw a review up. I hope everyone has a very prosperous year!