Author Interview Series: Courtney Konstantin

Bio: Though born and raised in Northern California, Courtney spent the majority of her adult life in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now living in Oregon, life is slower and much less bright than Las Vegas. When she’s not lost in a flurry of writing, she enjoys hiking, reading (of course), travel (cruise obsessed), and quality time with her family.

Courtney Konstantin is the author of the post-apocalyptic Sundown Series.

The Duncan Family is prepared for the end of the world. However, now that the end is actually here the siblings find that hiding behind their compound walls isn’t going to be as easy as they planned. Sundown isn’t just a word for them, its their survival.

GJ: What do you find is the hardest part of being an independently published author?

CK: I think sometimes you feel really alone as you’re working on your craft. You have to find your tribe and not get lost in just being on your own. Also, being the only one responsible for the books your produce. There is no one else on the line but you!

GJ: Other than writing, what is your favourite aspect of being an author?

CK: My readers! I really love interacting with the people that have been able to connect with my stories.

GJ: Do you write in any other genres or plan to in the future?

CK: It’s a huge jump, but possibly romance. Yeah, totally NOT zombies.

GJ: Can you describe a typical day where you get chance to write? Do you spend long sessions into the early hours with a glass of wine or do you thrash out words at every spare moment?

CK: I wish I had time for long sessions! I actually do most of my writing on my lunch hour from my day job. I have a small, foldable, keyboard that hooks to my phone. My computer and phone are synced so I can write anywhere. If I do long sessions, I’m usually the most creative at night!

GJ: If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice without breaking the time-space continuum, how old would you be and what would you say?

CK: I always worry about the idea of telling my younger self to change anything. Because I worry any of those changes would affect the good things I love in my life. But let’s say it wouldn’t…. I would tell myself in high school that writing can absolutely be a way of life. And to not give up on my dream.

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GJ: What’s on your bucket list of things you want to do before the end of the world?

CK: Sail the world on a yacht! 

GJ: What brought you into the world of writing zombie related fiction?

CK: The first book for me was Jonathan Maberry’s Patient Zero. It just sucked me in.

GJ: How would you describe your style of writing and what makes your zombie books stand above the crowd?

CK: I write about strong females in survival situations who are bound together by strong family ties.  I tend to pay much more attention to the living interacting and relationships and less about zombies.

GJ: So what can readers expect from you in 2020?

CK: My goal for 2020 is to complete my Sundown Series. There are two books left and I’m currently writing book 5!

GJ: A big thank you to Courtney Konstantin for taking the time to talk to me today. You can check out more about Courtney and her work at her website.

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!

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