BIO: A fourteen-year veteran of the USCG, Jeff Thomson served as a navigator on four different ships and as SAR Controller at two Group Operations Centers. He is currently retired from his life as an over-the-road truck driver, which was not the most conducive writing environment, and yet, he managed to write the majority of his first novel, a bit of his second, and a chunk of his third, using his steering wheel as a desk. He is now writing full time (on an actual desk), and currently working on the second novel in his Pressure series, called Crawl, which is scheduled for release in February.
GJ: What do you find is the hardest part of being an independently published author?
JT: Editing, marketing, and uploading to Amazon – what a nightmare!
GJ: Other than writing, what is your favourite aspect of being an author?
JT: The fact that I work for myself. The boss is a bit of a dick, but I’m used to him.
GJ: Do you write in any other genres or plan to in the future?
JT: Zompoc and post apoc fit into a variety of genres already, such as SciFi, Horror, Action/Adventure, Military, Alternative History – all of which I enjoy, so I get to play in them all.
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?
JT: Stumble out of bed, get the coffee, drink the coffee, read over what I wrote the previous day (following Hemingway’s advice), then I do that writer thing. I write till I feel my brain start to go numb, or my body says I’ve spent too much time sitting on my as, then I stop. I may or may not pick it up again later in the day, depending on the level of my higher brain function.
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.
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?
JT: I would be six or seven, and I’d tell myself to keep going, which would be redundant, because I did it anyway, without any help from the space-time continuum.
GJ: What’s your favourite ever book you’ve read and why?
JT: To Kill a Mockingbird. The reason is obvious.
GJ: What’s on your bucket list of things you want to do before the end of the world?
JT: I don’t really have a bucket list. I tend to do what I want, anyway.
GJ: What brought you into the world of writing zombie related fiction?
JT: I kept seeing in military-themed zompoc that the Coast Guard, if mentioned at all, was either in passing, or as the butt of a joke. I know these people. A few months back, they had a guy jump onto the back of a drug-smuggling mini-sub and knock. No lie. Google it. Those are exactly the kind of people I want watching my back when the zombies come, so I decided to write four books about them.
GJ: How would you describe your style of writing and what makes your zombie books stand above the crowd?
JT: As to my style, I don’t really know how to answer that question, except to say it is what it is. If I stand out from the crowd, it’s because I write realistic, well-rounded characters, rather than cardboard cutouts, and I understand that the single most important part of any story is the people in it.
GJ: So what can readers expect from you in 2020?
JT: I released one at the very end of 2019, another one six days ago, I’ll be dropping a third next month, a fourth in March…Get where I’m going with this?
GJ: One for the authors in the group, what do you find is the best way you have found of getting your books in front of readers?
JT: By engaging with the readers as much as as any way I can. I’m a poor, full time writer. It’s what I got.
GJ: Thank you Jeff for taking the time to speak with me today. You can check out Jeff’s work here.