What's your background with writing?
I've been writing since I was 11 years old. I started with poetry as a way to deal with some emotional issues when I was young. It was often dark and had grabbed some people's attention. Later on I moved to short stories, screenplays, novels and novellas. I fell in love with the Horror genre at that age as well, reading Poe and Lovecraft, and of course later King.
Who are your inspirations/influences?
I would have to say experiences. My writing tends to have floating pieces of experiences I have had whether emotional or physical in some form or another. Ideas come to me
Can you tell us a little bit about "Dead Practices?"
Dead Practices is about Jerrod who is an attorney, but not just any attorney, he is a zombie or more better a "Zombie Citizen." A zombie citizen who was turned into a functioning member of society compared to the just 'flesh eating' zombies of the past.
There is a break-out in a jail that is also the place of employment of his friend Rusty, a police officer, who is also a "Zombie Citizen." The break-out is caused by a human who found the ability to change some of the "Zombie Citizens" back to the way zombies were a long time ago. The human just happens to be Jerrod's new client.
Jerrod and Rusty go for an adventure to try and track down Jerrod's client. The adventure spans all the way to dealing with some White House figures and a lot of super-glue.
Who was responsible for the cover/book design?
Jerrod Brown who hand painted the cover, which also inspired me to name the main character after him.
Where can you find "Dead Practices?"
What are you doing in terms of marketing/publicity?
I have done several online blog talk show interviews, which are fun and suggest to new authors to try out. I have also done several other interviews, regularly visit social sites where people can see where to get my work. I also have my own website and blog.
Do you have any stories from book signings/radio interviews/etc.?
One interview I was asked what my weapon would be of choice if I could get away with something. Odd question, but made me think.
What projects do you have planned for the future?
"Eat or be Eaten" a 3 part novella written by me, Matt Nord and Jessica Weiss based on one of my shorts called "Tooth Decay" is being worked on and is coming out by Wicked East Press sometime in the near future.
I'm also currently working on a new zombie novel called Undead Paradise.
Where can people find out more about you?
They can contact me at my website at www.shellswalter.com