Back in the early part of last year I interviewed an extraordinary author, Javan Bonds. I give him that introduction not only because of his talent at writing bestselling Zompoc fiction, but due to the challenges he overcomes on a daily basis.
Suffering from a progressively degenerative neuromuscular disease, in 2015 Javan was given six months to two years to live. Today I check in with him to see how he’s been getting on since the interview.
GJ: So how have things been with your health since the interview?
JB: My condition has actually only gotten better and no longer has me on my deathbed. I’m still blind and deaf, but my heart problem isn’t much of an issue anymore. I mean, I still have a pacemaker, but I have been alive over four years after they told me I would be dead in two. Writing keeps me going and I’m going to keep doing it for as long as possible.
GJ: Since your last interview you’ve moved into an independent living accommodation, is that right?
JB: Well as independent as I’m going to get. I still keep my mom around to cook and clean. At the moment, we’re living in a 300 square foot apartment in a shed in the middle of the woods. I live on the property, a few hundred yards from where our new house is being built. They will be putting up the sheet rock in the next couple weeks, so things are moving on schedule.
GJ: You’re a very popular guy in the world of zombie fiction, so much so there are a lot of people banding together to raise money for you. That must make you feel warm and fuzzy inside?
JB: Yes. Written Undead is hosting a charity auction on January 31 for my fundraiser. The money will help us get a lift system for my room in the new house that will make it possible for me to perform daily tasks that most people don’t even think about. And how could it not make me warm and fuzzy inside? It’s more than I could’ve ever asked for.
GJ: Since the last interview I’ve listened to your first novel, and very much enjoyed your very individual take on the genre. What number in the series are you on now?
JB: I’ve already released number six, Zombie Paradise Lost. Seven, Zombie Perdition has been through the beta readers and is with the editor now. I’m working on eight, nine, and add ten at the moment. Some on 11 and 12 as well. Plus, I’m hoping to release Blood of Tyrants, a book in a different series in a few weeks. By the way, I’m murdering your British arse in Perdition. It will be extravagant and graphic.
GS: How have you managed to keep the series so fresh and so well loved after so many books?
JB: I am a pantser, I write by the seat of my pants. Some of the plot twists and turns surprise even me. It’s almost like I’m just channeling The Screenwriter. And I have no idea why people like the drivel I keep putting out there. I figure I must be somewhat entertaining.
GJ: A big thank you to Javan for taking the time to chat with me again. If you want to get more from Javan then you can check out the original interview here.
In Javan’s words, “The Still Alive series follows a small group of survivors from a small town in Alabama as they try to keep their wits about them and make a new life in a world overrun by naked, infected, blue-skinned, yellow-eyed zombies that are nocturnal.”
I hope we will see you on 31st January to help support this amazing cause.
You can keep up with Javan via his Facebook fan pages and all of his books are available from Amazon now! Plus if you like nightmarish settings, reluctant heroes, and action-packed adventures, then you’ll love my spine-chilling novels. Tap the link to read the book today!
When humanity faces an undead nightmare, one man’s party turns into a race to survive.
Logan has always taken things a little too seriously. So when his New Year’s Eve attempt to unwind descends into chaos, he’s the first to realize it’s no joke. After Logan and his friends miss the evacuation transport, he’s given a choice: lead the group to safety or watch all of his friends come back from the dead…
When Logan discovers the military and government have no interest in saving them, making it to sanctuary alive may be their only hope. And after he learns his party of survivors might hold the key to a cure, the fate of humanity rests on his shoulders. But saving his species could mean sacrificing himself…
Can Logan stave off the end of the world or will one wrong decision doom humankind?
In The End is a fast-paced post-apocalyptic zombie thriller. If you like nightmarish settings, reluctant heroes, and action-packed adventures, then you’ll love GJ Stevens’ spine-chilling novel.