Today I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with author Owen Baillie. Let’s take a moment while Owen introduces himself to the rapt audience…
I live in Melbourne, Australia with my wife and three children. I grew up reading Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Robert McCammon and Jean Auel. I love hearing a good story, particularly with a fantastic element, but my bookcases hold an eclectic mix of authors. My writing is the first priority of the day before I head off to my full time job.
Welcome Owen! Now let’s get into the questions. Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?
My zombies are classified in stages. I’d be okay with the type one and two, which are fairly harmless, unless they get hold of you, but the type three are aggressive, and intelligent. I don’t think I’d last long against more than one or two of them. However, if I had a couple of my friends along, some of which are highly trained in combat, I might survive!
Interesting! What was your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?
Probably the Thriller video clip was the first thing I can recall. The Walking Dead drew me in to writing about zombies! Inspiring stuff.
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?
My iPhone. Not going to help much at all, unless Apple have created an app that can shoot laser bullets from it… if Steve Jobs were still alive, I’d believe that was possible…
You’re doomed Owen… But before you go, why don’t you list your five favourite pieces of Zombie media for us.
28 Days later
The Walking Dead
The Remaining Series
World War Z
Night of the Living Dead
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?
Hmmm… I’d have to say, Who Lets the Dogs Out?
Ohhh that’s horrible! I feel for you on that one… Thank you Owen for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to connect with Owen, you can find him on Facebook or via his Amazon Author Page.
Now let’s take a look at Owen’s book Aftermath…
Deep beneath defence headquarters in the Australian Capital Territory, the last ranking Army chief considers the collapse of his country, and the contingency plan to win it back.
One hundred and fifty miles away, five twenty-something friends returning from a month-long camping trip slowly discover that the world has turned horribly wrong, that a virus has ravaged the entire east coast of Australia. The dead now walk the land, seeking flesh and blood. Armed with dwindling ammunition, the friends must overcome their differences, utilize their individual skills, and face horrors they never imagined … but not all zombies are the same …
What will they find if they can all reach their hometown? Will their families or friends have survived? What twists and turns will the group encounter, and what life-threatening decisions will they face?
Their personalities and agendas will conflict, as each fights for their place in this new world, a world unlike anything they could have imagined…