Zombie Feature: Book Spotlight & Interview with Flint Maxwell
Who will you save when the world ends? Jack Jupiter knows zombies. He's written about them for years. So when Jack's mother passes away in a freak car accident involving a half-eaten deer and a pack of cigarettes, he also knows something's up. Now, Jack and his fiancé, Darlene, are forced to go back to the dreadful town of Woodhaven, Ohio for his mom's funeral. But what he doesn't know is it might be their funeral, too. A few months before Jack and Darlene's arrival, a mysterious flu-like virus swept through the town, infecting nearly every citizen. Now, like ticking time-bombs ready to explode, everyone is dropping dead. But they aren't staying dead. No, they're coming back as flesh-eating zombies. Not only will Jack Jupiter have to bury his mother, confront high school bullies, and save Darlene, but he'll have to fight the dead in order to stay alive. And these aren't like the zombies from his books. These walking corpses are real. Don't miss Dead Haven, the first book in the Jack Zombie series by Flint Maxwell.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most about writing is getting to share my stories with other people. When people reach out to me and tell me my stories have helped them through tough times, made them laugh, made them cry, or scared the hell out of them, it makes me the happiest guy in the world. And that's easily the best thing about writing.
What do you find to be the most challenging?
Oh boy, the most challenging part of writing for me is the editing stage. I love writing the first draft because I can get as crazy and as weird as I want, but then the second draft comes around and I'm reading the story back to myself with a different mindset, wondering what the heck I was doing when I wrote this or that. After I scrub the story and make it as tight and as exciting as I can, I'll send it off to my wonderful editor. She usually pokes holes in my "impenetrable" plot that I'll wind up having to fix on a third, fourth draft, and sometimes fifth draft. It can feel like a never-ending process, but it's worth it in the end.
What is your favorite scary movie? and why?
That's a tough one. There are so many scary movies dear to my heart, but the one I find myself coming back to time and time again is Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. It's a beautifully shot film with a great premise. I mean, a haunted hotel and a caretaker with his family completely shut in by tons of snow? Perfect. Throw in the slow motion shots of a wave of blood rolling down the hallway and people with psychic abilities and you have an instant classic in my opinion.
If someone came across your books. But had never read them, how would you describe them?
I'd tell them my books are horror with brains, blood, and lots of heart. They're about normal people thrown into weird situations (zombie apocalypses, haunted houses, meeting demons, etc.), and the people they care about, who all band together and try to beat whatever evil is thrown their way.
Are you working on anything currently?
Yes, I'm always working on something. I've just recently finished writing the first book in a new series called The Midwest Magic Chronicles, which I collaborated on with Martha Carr and Michael Anderle. It's mostly urban fantasy with a hint of horror because I can hardly write anything without adding stuff like giant spiders and ghosts into it. Besides that, I'm also working on a new pure horror novella about a succubus that is turning out to be so much fun to write. Both projects should be out at the end of September 2017.
Who is your favorite author?
Stephen King, no questions asked. His books are so deep and fun and scary. He writes in pretty much every genre so there's a little out there for everyone. Plus, his characters always feel so real to me. Whenever I finish reading one of his novels, I feel like I was apart of the story, like I was one of their friends.
If you could talk with anyone in the world, who you would it be?
Well, I'm not much of a talker. If I chose anyone famous or from history, I'd probably just make an ass out of myself. So I'll go with one of my pets. I always thought it would be funny to hear what kind of voice my dogs or cats might have.
Flint Maxwell lives in Ohio, where the skies are always gray and the sports teams are consistently disappointing. He loves Star Wars, basketball, Stephen King novels, and almost anything falling under the category of horror. You can probably find him hanging out with one (or all) of his six dogs when he’s not writing or watching scary movies.