Author Interview & Prize Pack Giveaway: Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb by MJA Ware

Welcome to Author M.J.A. Ware

MJ A. Ware, known as M.J. to his friends, lives in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains with his wife and two daughters.  He wrote Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb because he felt there was a need for a zombie book with a broader appeal than just hard-core horror fans. A book that would not only appeal to both adults and teens, but would be teen safe.When not writing about aliens, monsters and ghosts, he runs a company where he designs award winning video arcades. He’s currently polishing his latest novel, Girls Bite, a paranormal vampire story told from a guy’s perspective.

Favorite places to travel?

Being on the West Coast (of the US) it’s a fairly short flight to Hawaii, which is nice when my wife and I just want to get away by ourselves. But, my favorite trips are those with the family camping up in the Northern California Sierras, which incidentally is where my novel takes place.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I have a secret soft spot for paranormal romance novels: Twilight , Hunger Games, the tamer stuff by Meg Cabot. I’m even working on my own para-romance: Girls Bite.

Night owl, or early bird?

I normally do most of my writing after midnight, though that’s due to my schedule.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.

I own my own small business, so I work a lot. I try to sleep in until eight or even nine am. Then I normally have a couple hours worth of emails, which takes three or four hours because I usually have at least one little one in my lap (trying to help me type).

After that I’m off to my factory until five or six. Evenings are set aside for time with the wife and kids. Once they’re asleep, I answer any high priority e-mails, maybe conference with an overseas supplier.

With a little luck I can get to writing around eleven, sometimes later. As long as I have a few brain cells still awake, I write or revise for a few hours. Then take a book or my Kindle to bed and read until I can’t keep my eyes open.

Which authors have influence you most how?

Of course the well known names like Lewis, Dahl, Poe, Bradbury. But many people are surprised when I say, Meg Cabot. Her Ally Finkle’s Rules for Girls series was like a revelation to me. It turned me on to other writers like, Judy Blume and also inspired me to start writing in the first person.

What was your favorite children’s book?

I still read Kidlit almost exclusively, and I can’t narrow it down to just one favorite. Though, one of the leading contenders would be Danny Champion of the World. I loved it as a kid, but now I really identify with Danny’s dad, the flawed but loving father.

How do you react to a bad review?

I turn to GoodReads and read some of the terrible reviews people give the likes of Dickens, Bradbury, and Austen in hopes of realizing everyone gets those zingers. Still, I often end up sulking for the day. Then, after the kids go down, I make peanut butter cookies and try to keep from eating them all.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Getting reviews from kids; especially when they say that they don’t normally like to read books–that’s why I write: to keep kids reading as they go into those tween and teen years. I believe teen readers turn into adult readers, even if they don’t rediscover reading until much later in life.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?

You mean besides fighting off zombies with Super Soakers?

I have this wild idea that keeps popping up in my head about kids that sneak into Disneyland’s Matterhorn to steal and reanimate Walt’s head as part of a plan to save Mickey (if you don’t know, there’s a great urban legend that Walt Disney’s head is preserved, frozen in the Matterhorn, of all places).

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

There’s always some bit of me in my male MC’s. The beta readers for SZJMB commented that they liked Nathan (the MC) in spite of his snarky attitude. I was like, what snarky attitude? But upon reflection it turned out I just didn’t see it; it was one of those personality traits I’d learned to ignore in myself (and in my MC). After that, I focused on turning up Nate’s snarkiness and toning-down my own.

What is your favorite Quote?

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” ― C.S. Lewis

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

If you think you’ve a good writer, you probably aren’t (I know that from personal experience). Read and write until you’ve been doing it so long you have no idea if you’re any good at all—then you might be getting there.

Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb:

When life gives you lemons, kill zombies — turns out lemon juice neutralizes the undead.
After a failed attempt at running away, best friends Nathan and Misty return home expecting to face angry parents. Instead, they discover the military has destroyed the bridges out of their rural town and everyone’s fled–except a small horde of the living dead. The stress of flesh-eating zombies may be more than their already strained relationship can handle.
Even with the help of the town geek and lemonade-powered Super-Soakers, there’s not enough time to squeeze their way out of this sticky mess. Unless the trio eradicates the zombie infestation, while avoiding the deadly zombie snot, the military will blow the town, and them, to pulp.Their only shot is something with a lot more punch. Something like the Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb. But even if their friendship survives, there’s another problem: Someone has to lure the undead into the trap.

Giveaway: 3 Great Prizes for 3 different winners

  • Zombie Survival Kit (US) which includes a copy of the books and the items featured to the left.
  • Signed paperback (US)
  • Ebook (International) 

Giveaway Ends 1/26/12

Extra entries for:
Following Mike’s blog:
Following On Twitter:!/MJAWare

Prize Pack: Jerri Giammarino
Paperback: Amanda (amelno)
Ebook: Robert Zimmerman

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