I’m hosting an interview with Lee Hermann, author of YA horror / dystopian “Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse”. Enjoy.
1) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was 16, but didn’t know I liked it. It was around 23 that I decided, ‘Hey, I might actually be pretty good at this’. This then I’ve always been writing in some capacity.
2) Is Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
No, this is my second book. My first one is also a mouthful: The Manservant Mysteries. The Haphazard Adventures of an Inspector and His Manservant. I adapted it fro a series of radio dramas I wrote. It’s about an inept inspector and his manservant (who actually solves the crimes with no recognition). Its quirky with absurd characters.
3) Why did you choose horror as genre to write?
I’ve always loved zombies and you can’t help but wonder how you would react in an actual apocalypse. I’ve had many conversations about it with friends, so it made sense to put my ideas out there as a book. Plus zombies are really cool.
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read and write. Keeping stories in your head are no good. It’s like any kind of skill… you need to practice all the time and expose yourself to what’s out there. Oh, and don’t be too sensitive to criticism… it hurts, but you need it to push yourself.
5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
At the moment I’m in the planning phase to the sequel of Journal of South African Zombie Apocalypse. Playing around with plot and seeing where to go in that universe.
About The Book
Author: Lee Herrmann
Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian
Pages: 180 pages
Publication Date: August 2014
ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1
South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.
After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.
Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.
About the Author
Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.
He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.
He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries ( www.TheManservantMysteries.com).
Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.