What are your published works, and what are you working on?
Currently available on Amazon is my young adult zombie series Postmortem Anomalies, with Sons of Sludge and Daughters of Death out right now. The third and final book, Offspring of The End, is the beast I’m tackling right now, with a tentative early summer release.
If someone was just hearing about you for the first time what 1 thing would you want them to know?
I love plot twists. I’m like M. Night Shyamalan – I just can’t help myself from building up to a big record scratch moment. Whether or not they’re convincing is up to the reader…
Did you always want to be a writer?
I always wanted to be a creator, be it in music or film or television. In 5th grade I was convinced I would be the next Jim Henson! I had toyed with the idea of writing a story over the years, but not until my wife encouraged me to give it a go did I finally put my fingers to keys. Of all the ways to create and entertain, being an author seems the best fit for me.
What has been the biggest adventure of your life?
My journey with my wife, Jessica. From friendship to dating to love to marriage to children, and all the euphoric highs and disastrous lows in between, our relationship has been the adventure of a lifetime.
If zombie apocalypse were to happen tomorrow would you be prepared?
Nope! I live in the suburbs, in the middle of a large metroplex. There’s no way I’d survive the desperate living citizens, let alone the flesh-hungry reanimated ones.
What 3 things do you feel everyone should have to be ready for a survival situation?
Isolation, weapons and medicine. Being away from crowded areas greatly reduces threats from both the living and the dead, firepower will ensure you overcome the threats you do encounter, and medicine will help with the aftermath. Everything else (food, water, shelter) can be picked once everyone else starts dying off, which I imagine would be rather quickly.
Who would you want with you if civilized society fell apart?
My family, though I wouldn’t wish them living (or dying) through that at all. Without my loved ones, surviving would seem pointless.
What 2 books would be in your bug out bag, knowing you would have to read them over and over?
The Bible, and The Lord of the Rings (it’s technically one book!). Though I haven’t picked them up in a while, both have greatly shaped who I am as a person. Plus, they’re both hefty and there’s a lot in there.
If we were thrown into the dark ages what would you miss most?
Food. I love tasty food, the variety of it, and the convenience to get it. From what I gather, even royalty in the Middle Ages didn’t have the best, except for maybe an occasional feast, and I’ll bet they didn’t have spicy Mongolian BBQ.
What is the most surprising fact about you?
My great-grandfather was a Swedish immigrant set to ride the Titanic, but he got sick and had to stay home. Being far from wealthy, he would’ve been on the lowest level and almost guaranteed to die. This was before my grandfather was born, so with the ship would go the existence of myself, my relatives and my children. Talk about luck!
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Valerie Lioudis is the co-author of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales available on Amazon.