Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Author interview - COLD FAITH AND ZOMBIES By Sean Thomas Fisher

This book will bring ravenous zombies into your home without the use of strong language and graphic violence.

 Where do you call home Sean?
Thank you for the opportunity to be here, Patti! I am proud to call Des Moines, Iowa my home.

What is your book about?
Cold Faith and Zombies is about a zombie spread that gains traction during Iowa’s worst winter in 99 years, where Paul Thomas – thanks to his love of all things zombie - finally finds his calling. Overnight, he goes from the unemployment line to the front line in a battle against darkness, putting his faith to the ultimate test. But his swelling confidence quickly propels him and his crew towards tragedy. 

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Paul: “Check every closed door you come across.”
Paul’s wife, Sophia: “You can’t save everyone.”
A stripper named Wendy: “I need a drink...”

Do you have plans for a new book?
Cold Summer Nights, has just recently been released - that is a cross between Paranormal Activity and The Ring. It is also my first non-zombie book and is about a guy named Rusty, who finds out his buddy’s new girlfriend had been abducted five years earlier and was never seen again.

What inspired you to write Cold Faith and Zombies?
Like Paul, I’ve always been a huge fan of zombie movies, books and video games. Subsequently, I’ve always fantasized about what I’ll do when the zombie virus is finally triggered. One of my fantasies is a fun adventure, where we kick total butt and live happily ever after with all the free Trans Ams we can handle. The other fantasy - which would sometimes worm its way into my mind - was a more realistic take of what would probably really happen. This darker version led to CFAZ.

Would you like to be contacted by readers to do book reviews?
Absolutely. My grandpa always said it’s better to be talked about than not be talked about at all.

How did you come up with the title and cover design?
The bible warns that the end of days will come when the body of believers have let their faith grow cold, which my mom thinks we’re on the brink of now. This led to the title. I also wanted its cover to reflect a more subtle nature, rather than a gory one. 

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
I usually base my characters on people I know personally, or on actors I envision playing them when JJ Abrams never signs my book to a movie deal. Other characters are completely made up. One of my short stories, First Zombie, is based on a true story I had happen to me one summer, and to this day no one believes me.

What books have influenced your writing most and why?
I grew up reading Stephen King and always wanted to be him - outside of getting hit by a van anyway. I love the way he gripped an entire nation with such lifelike characters and fear.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Besides King, I would love to meet JK Rowling. The way she created such complex worlds and characters is amazing and I would love to know her secret, which I’m sure is probably some kind of magic potion.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcovers?
I still buy paperbacks and hardcovers, although lately I’ve been leaning more towards ebooks.

Have you ever read a book more than once?
I recently reread The Shining after coming across it in a box while looking for my shark-suit.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
The Shining is one of my faves, but I really enjoyed Stanley Kubrick’s take on it. Seeing it again in Blu ray was a whole new experience.

What book are you currently reading?
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk.

What book do you know that you will never read?
Twilight 2. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and why?
Joe Hill is a guy to keep an eye on, and not just because he’s Stephen King’s son, but because the old ghost guy in Heart-Shaped Box gave me nightmares. And because he’s Stephen King’s son.

Who designed the cover of your book?
I came up with the idea and Bump in the Night Publishing made it happen. They are a great crew to work with! 

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you love. And balance your writing, reading, and blogging/marketing habits so that you are writing more than the rest. Above all else, never give up. Not every song is going to hit.

Where can your readers follow you?

About the Author:
Sean Thomas Fisher was born in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from The University of Iowa with a major in Communications and a minor in Religion. He then went on to host several radio shows on Rock and Country stations across the United States. Upon tiring of flesh-eaters in suits and ties trying to control his every move, he turned his writing skills to the dark side and is now the author of Cold Faith and Zombies, First Zombie and Second Zombie. His Horror/Paranormal novella - Cold Summer Nights - will be released by Bump in the Night Publishing at the end of May 2011 and has elements of The Ring and Paranormal Activity.

If you are reading this, you are the resistance...

The Books:

March 10, 2011

About the book:

The scripture warns that in “the last days” the love of the great body of believers will grow cold and maybe that's why people who aren’t people anymore began pounding on Paul’s front door.

With his zombie movie and gaming experience, his wife, Sophia, and trusty friend, Dan, know they have an edge against extinction.

Paul quickly gets them guns, a siphon-kit and a plan to head south, because if the walking stiffs don’t get them, the freezing Iowa temps will.

Overnight, Paul goes from the unemployment line to the front line in a battle against evil, where he finally finds his calling as a leader.

However, his swelling confidence quickly propels them towards tragedy, putting his faith to the ultimate test while the fate of others hangs in the balance.


"A dazzling masterpiece from beginning to end," writes the dude from the Donut Hut down the street from Sean's pad.

"I haven't cried like that since I watched The Lion King!" says Sean's 9 yr-old niece, Madison.

"Something's wrong with him…" --- Sean's mom.


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  1. Thank you so much for posting my book. It looks amazing and I may even have to buy one now. Just in case of an outbreak or something...

    Thanks again!

  2. Hi Sean would you like to give away a free book in a comp? Patti

  3. Patti, I always love your interviews and this one is great.

    I read my first Zombie Novel a few years ago by mistake! I thought I had picked up something different with a similar title but I read it anyway and I loved it!

    Love Sean's "Praise" quotes too... so funny


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