I published my first book on Kindle a year ago today.

Since that time I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to it and the other stories I’ve put out there. It’s been amazing.

To celebrate my one-year anniversary I’m offering Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors for FREE.

Thank you to everyone that has helped make this one of the best years of my life.

 
1. So, what’s your book all about?

My first book, Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors, is about the world after it has been blown up in an unspecified conflict. Survivors are doing their best to get along without iTunes and the other conveniences we’ve come to depend upon. In the small town of New Hope, two nomadic warriors have offered to defend them from an approaching threat.

They accept the help of one and throw the other out. Did they choose the right defender?

Read it and find out. Oh, and super smart bears.

2. What inspired you to write this tale?
The post-apocalyptic genre has always been one of my guilty pleasures. I think everyone enjoys the idea of a world without rules where you’ll need your wits to survive. It’s grim, but everyone assumes they’ll be one of the lucky few that lives.

The stereotypes of the genre are so well-defined that I felt there would be a lot of opportunity to play with the conventions and dig some laughs out of what is ultimately a tragic and silly type of fiction.

3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?
I have two:

“Life is trying things to see if they work.” – Ray Bradbury

The other quote that inspires me is, “I don’t think it will work.” Anyone can say this and I’ll find it very motivating. I usually find that the people who say it just aren’t thinking hard enough.

4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?
I’ve turned my home office into a creative space that contains books, action figures, guitars, an extra monitor and a comfortable desk chair. I’ve got a pair of speakers hooked to the computer so I can blare music. I usually write at the coffee shop.

5. What is your perfect “writing space”?
It’s most certainly a quiet room sitting on some acreage in the Rockies overlooking a beach in the Caribbean.

6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.
Asshole by Dennis Leary

7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?
Adamsylvania

8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.
It most certainly matters. The perfect sidekick should be shorter than the hero by 3.5″. Their build must also be unassuming as not to betray their true purpose as the muscle of the pair. Unless there is a lightning storm; then they should be 4” taller to absorb errant lightning bolts.

9. If you were to mess with the time stream, what would you change? Let’s assume a hundred other people already took care of Hitler so you don’t have to say, “Kill Hitler.”
You didn’t say I couldn’t kick Hitler in the nut.

10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?
Gruesome the Cuddly

11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?
Insisting that his henchmen recycle.

12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?
I’ve always liked a sleeper. It looks normal but has had extensive engine work done and it’s faster than anything on the road. At the same time I think it should be unreliable and leaves the hero stranded often. Basically I’m trying to say the car equivalent of the Millennium Falcon without stepping on Lucas’ litigious toes.

13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?
I’d like to do the Great Loop in the Eastern US. It’s basically the right half of the country by river in a custom boat.

14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?
Why would you name a boat? It’s not going to come when you call it.

15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?
It depends on what I’m working on. I listen to Holst and others like that when working on The Bulletproof Adventures of Damian Stockwell. I just imagine that he would need theme music like that to keep his swagger.

Writing action scenes though, it would have to be Punk Rock.

16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?
“At least it’s not cancer.”

17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?
Anything by Rancid. Hurts my throat but I can’t resist trying.

18. You find a portal to another world in your sink’s drain. What is this other world called? And what is the best way to clean the portal so it doesn’t smell like old food?
Okay, I’ll be honest. I put this question in here because my sink stinks. It is my home improvement nemesis. I’ve now received a lot of suggestions on how to clean it and nothing works. So, I’m not going to call this other world anything, I’m just going to give it the finger and look into replacing it all together. 

19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?
I’m all over the place:
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I don’t think I ever talk about the pets so it’s a beagle, a mastador and my wife has two cats.

20. What’s next?
There’s a whole lot of fun on the way. I hope to get two new novels finished this year, not including the serial novel that you can get in my newsletter.

So, more action, more laughs and more Dumb White Husband. As a matter of fact, look for an announcement later this week on dumbwhitehusband.com.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there.