Today I am pleased to feature to an interview with Phillip Tomasso, author of Evacuation. Welcome Phillip, tell us a little bit about yourself…
I am the author of numerous novels, and over 100 published short stories and articles, but I’ll never forget selling my first short story in 1995. I was paid a penny a word. It was an 8,000 word western. However, it being a Canadian publication—and at the time, when the U.S. dollar was worth more—my check was for just under $40.00. It was a great starting point, and I have been selling regularly since then.
I am not a full-time writer. I work a full-time job as well. After 19 years at Kodak as an employment law paralegal, I’ve spent the last three and a half as a Fire / EMS Dispatcher for 9-1-1. I work the midnight shift. I have found these hours to be creatively murder-some.
I live in Rochester, NY with my 3 amazing kids. I prefer to spend all my time with them. Being divorced, it’s not always possible. We have a lap dog my daughter picked out and named Fettuccine (Fetta), a cat, Luca and an aquarium full of semi-aggressive fish, including a fresh water shark named Bruce. I play guitar, am a horrible singer, but you know what, that doesn’t stop me from bellowing while I strum.
Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?
My zombies are fast. And slow. Either way, they’re deadly. Everyone gets the Flu Shots come winter time. Imagine the batches of inoculations were infected prior to being shipped across the country? One might not get sick, but the side effects from the vaccination are worse. You become a zombie!
I like to think I’d survive. Similar to the character in my story, my main focus would not be so much about saving myself, as saving my kids. Without saying anything to alert NSA, I believe I would fair okay. Perhaps better than most. Hope we never have to find out.
What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?
George Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead. Saw it in the 80’s. When I heard it was in black and white, my interest teetered. Still gave it a shot. Easy to say from that day forward, I was hooked on anything and everything zombies!
Pop Quiz: The item to your left is your only weapon during the Zombie Apocalypse. What is it and what do you think are your chances at survival?
I have a brown Contigo spill 12 oz. cup. Has hot Apple Cider in it. Half full. I think if this were my one and only weapon, I might not live long enough to get thirsty.
Yeah, it doesn’t look good… List your three favourite pieces of Zombie media.
- My collection of Joe McKinney novels
- My Romero zombie DVDs: Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead
- My machetes
We all know that we sometimes have bad luck. Keeping that in mind, what song do you think would get stuck in your head, playing over and over again on an incessant loop?
“Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da,” by the Beatles is the last song I’d want playing over and over in my head. Ever.
Now let’s take a look at Evacuation…
911 dispatcher, Chase McKinney, finds himself in the midst of an apocalypse. Contaminated vials of swine flu vaccination infected millions country-wide. Side effects turned those inoculated into zombies. Some fast. Some slow. Both deadly.
The military escorts Chase, his children and a small band of survivors to a re-opened internment camp. The purpose is to test non-infected humans with the hope of developing a cure for the diseased population.
What they find when they arrive at the camp is worse than their darkest fears…
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