1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
That's such a tough one...but I have to go with Shero. Why? Shero stands for everything that SHOULD be right in the world. Shero is a transgendered superhero that not only has to concern himself with fighting crime, he also has the court of public opinion to take on. The first book (the second one should be out in the first couple of months of 2012) allows the reader to see how the scorn of ignorance can be so painful and how a very brave and proud man can overcome. Shero tells a very good story and does it looking fabulously.
2. Tell me about your travels.
Can I talk about the travels in my head? They are much more exciting? The majority of my travels were done during my career as an actor. I never left North America but I've toured throughout the country and had a wonderful time. My single most favorite place I've lived was Boulder Colorado. It's magical.
I do long to travel to Australia and Japan. Sigh. Maybe someday.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Soda. It's my only vice. Sad but true.
4. What else can you do besides write?
This question would best be answered by listing out the careers I've had: Actor College Professor Hair stylist Bike mechanic Technical writer Computer engineer Digital artist Radio host On top of that I race mountain bikes and cyclocross.
5. Who are you reading right now?
I am currently reading two of my favorite indie authors:
Shea MacLeod: Kissed by Darkness
Heather Marie Adkins: The Temple
Both are incredible!
6. Pop culture or academia?
Oh good gravy these are tough. But in this instance I'd have to say academia. Why? If I answered “pop culture” people might assume me a fan of reality TV or Hollywood rumor blogs. Gasp! Okay, truth be told, I'm a fan of them both. How can I not be? I toss pop culture references around in my books like glitter at a Victoria's Secret runway show. What I like best – however – is watching pop culture filled with academia. Big Bang Theory fills that void for me quite well, thank you very much.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The hardest scene I ever wrote was the last scene in Die Zombie Die. Why? It was the last book in the I Zombie trilogy and I really didn't want to let those characters go. Outside of that – having Shero break a heel of one of his Manolo Blahniks is pretty rough. Okay, seriously – there's a scene in Die Zombie Die where Professor Danielle Joy Michaels is hit with the reality of what she has done to mankind. The moment knocks her to her knees as she is overcome with guilt and grief. I cried when I wrote that scene. It hurt. It was necessary.
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. One of the most important classes I had in grad school (Purdue University Professional Actor Training Program) was a movement class. That class helped me to realize that artistic inspiration can come from anything, anywhere, at any time. If I had, however, to pin down one source of inspiration it would have to be music. I constantly have music playing in my life and I allow it to deeply effect and move me. Whenever I am in need of inspiration, the right music can fill me with so much.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
I'm a vegetarian and when the apocalypse hits, I will most likely be subsisting on Morningstar Farms veggie burgers. Oh, you were looking for something a little more romantic. Thai. I love Thai food.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I am passionate about cycling. I race mountain bikes and cyclocross. Cycling is my therapy.
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Emotional music. Right now, at this moment, I am really into the band Red. Some of their music is so powerful it will drop you do your knees and steal your breath. Listen to Watch You Crawl or Pieces and NOT be moved and I will claim you have no heart. My all time favorite piece of music is Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. Tragic beauty that piece.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I used to have to do a full-blown outline. But when I wrote the I Zombie trilogy I knew chaos had to reign supreme, so I took away the safety net. Now … I find I'm a much better writer when I allow my imagination to just take me on a ride.
13. Celebrity crush.
Anna Torv from Fringe and Alyson Hannigan who will always be TV's Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Clive Barker is my idol. My goal is to eventually be compare to the brilliance of that man. Not so much in genre, but in grace and lyrical style. The man could write the phone book and it would be beautiful.
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
For the longest time I was a screaming anime junky. If I still had the time, I would be watching. Now? I still love cartoons, but they tend to be more of the Family Guy type. I don't want to grow up. Ever. You cannot make me go to bed! I won't do it! I'll bite you! Oh fine...I'll grow up a little.
Jack Wallen has a goal -- to become the Zombie King. He won't do that by dining on the brains of helpless victims. Instead he will write and write until his fingers and mind are nothing but meat for the beasts. During that time Jack will produce works of zombie fiction that are both enjoyable and cringe-worthy.
Of course, being of the insane writer clan, Jack isn't just happy with the penning of zombie fiction. Oh no, the nightmare does not end there. Like the late, great Freddy Mercury, Jack wants it all -- so, he will continue writing his Fringe Killer series as well as his joyous celebration of all things diverse -- Shero.
For his inspiration to begin reading and writing, Jack thanks the ever-incredible Clive Barker for penning in a genre with words of grace and horror.
Find out more about Jack Wallen and buy his books:
(Paperback) - http://www.amazon.com/I-Zombie-Jack-Wallen/dp/1461134137
(Paperback) - http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Away-Jack-Wallen/dp/1461082218
(Paperback) - http://www.amazon.com/Gothica-Jack-Wallen/dp/1461163633
Get Jack'd: http://www.monkeypantz.net
Zombie Radio: http://www.zombieradio.org