Getting personal with David Simpson
Ok I’m going to do this interview a little different that the rest and open with something David Simpson said to me about his interview…..
“One of the main purposes of an author doing interviews is to reach out to new people, hopefully sell a few more books and maybe make some fans. I’m not a good salesman, it seems weird to pimp my own book but here is some information about it if you are interested. The book is free if you have KU and only three bucks on Amazon. I got the phenomenal Eric Shelman to do the narration for the audio version and it’s only $1.99. He really brings the characters to life. Paperback is available also at cost, I make nothing from it. The book was released in February of 2017 and has nearly 60 positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads already. It was voted as Zombie Book of the Month on ZBOTMC Facebook page for the month of April. That is quite an honor. All the most famous zombie writers have been on that page and it’s kind of awesome to be in that club. As a brand new author in an over saturated genre with literally thousands of writers and books, I’m humbled and still a little surprised that it has been so well received.”
I’m not surprised at all since everyone loves their zombie books. However if you haven’t met David Simpson or read his book please take the time to tell him hello and show him some support. We all know how being a new author is and that they need some help and most of all readers. Please welcome David Simpson to Roadie Notes…….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Probably 9 or 10 years old. It was a first-person story for creative writing class and I was a pencil who was lamenting the fact that my hair (the eraser) kept getting shorter and shorter.
2. How many books have you written?
Just one and a half. Number two should be finished and on Amazon in August.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
There’s nothing I WON’T write about but common sense tells me there are a lot of things I shouldn’t write about. Like things I know nothing about such as a book with a rocket scientist as a lead character. Or a tender romance story. I would just suck at books like that.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc...
I’m 50ish, married and an empty nester. All the kids are grown and none of them wound up on drugs or in jail so we did pretty good. I’m proud of them all. I work full-time as a truck driver which is why Zombie Road is set in the truck drivers universe. It’s one I know well and can write competently about.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
That would have to be the only one…. Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Really bad indie zombie novels I’d get off of Amazon. Bad story, bad characters, bad writing, bad editing. I’d rant about some of them, telling my wife that even I could write better than that. She finally told me to put up or shut up. Write a book if you think you can. By golly, I’d show her…
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I like listening to audio books but I get to do that all day long while I’m driving. In my free time, I’m a car guy. I build them, I race them. I buy and sell. But mostly buy. I hate to get rid of them. I have a Mustang that set a Transcontinental record in the Tupelo Auto Museum. I’ve got a couple of Muscle Cars I like to tinker with in the garage.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
No, I can’t say as I do but that sounds like a good idea.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I wrote the first one in the bunk of my truck sitting in various truck stops all over America. I probably wrote parts of it in at least 30 different states with only the quiet rumble of the diesel engine vibrating through the bed.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
At the moment, no. But one thing I’ve learned over the years is your opinions change as you age. Things I write today, I may feel differently about in 5 or 10 years. The book isn’t PC. Some people have said “he has the courage to write what most of us are thinking.” Others have said it’s racist. I say it’s a zombie book. Lighten up.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
No. Not really. That’s like buying a lottery ticket and dreaming of being the Powerball winner. You think about it for a minute but you don’t really think it will happen. I hope I can become popular enough to sell some books to supplement the social security check I hope to draw in another 15 years.
12. Where do you live?
Just south of Atlanta where the tea is sweet, the flowers are nearly constantly in bloom and we like chicken on our waffles.
I had a big, ugly mutt for years and years but he went on to doggy heaven. Now my wife and I share a spoiled Pug but she is definitely a Mama’s girl.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creating these worlds I see in my head. Bringing the characters I feel like I know to life on paper. Telling the story the madman capering around in my head wants me to tell so he will leave me alone for a while.
15. What is coming next for you?
Zombie Road 2: Bloodbath on the Asphalt. Although the titles sound like the books are a gore filled splatter fest, they aren’t. There is some horror, of course, but I don’t try to spend a lot of time grossing out the reader with one disgusting scenario after another. One of the best compliments I read about it was “it’s a thinking man’s zombie book.” That’s what I was trying for. “Realism” in a zompoc world
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