What are your published works, and what are you working on?
Aside from from a whole plethora of short stories I am focusing on “Five Years After.” It is an allegory of our times in the Zombie genre.
If someone was just hearing about you for the first time what 1 thing would you want them to know?
I am very serious about writing. I research, write, rewrite and then edit like a madman. I want you feeling like you can’t put my work down.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Absolutely. I was writing in high school. The feeling of creating a story that sends chills up the reader’s spine is unmatchable.
What has been the biggest adventure of your life?
I had an awesome adventure for 35 years in radio.In that time, I was part of the World Chart Show in Los Angeles that broadcast to 3000 markets worldwide. I partook in the rise of dance music with Z1035 and Energy 108 in Toronto (The first two stations to have a Dance/ Party Music format.) and I wrote and created “Global Dance Hits in the Asian Pacifac region from 1996 to 1999. Seriously, to have been in the scene in the clubs in the late eighties and then see the huge festivals that have risen today is awe inspiring. I remember so many saying “This music will never last.” Well, what do you say now??
In commercial radio work, I have read for Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, I have voiced for Harley Davidson, Budweiser and….(pause for effect) I have been the Kool Aid man. (Oh Yeah!)
If zombie apocalypse were to happen tomorrow would you be prepared?
I can’t say I would. In a zombie Apocalypse I would not survive, I would be delicious.
What 3 things do you feel everyone should have to be ready for a survival situation?
Good friends that you can count on. Clean water, food.
Who would you want with you if civilized society fell apart?
Best Friends. In life, things fall apart all the time. It would be good to have them there.
What 2 books would be in your bug out bag, knowing you would have to read them over and over?
This changes by the month, right now anything by Ian Fleming or The Handmaid’s tale, Atwood’s atmospheric landscape in that book is a killer. The best Dystopia novel ever.
If we were thrown into the dark ages what would you miss most?
To be online, to be engaged.
What is the most surprising fact about you?
After a long career in radio, my colleagues were surprised when I took up fiction writing. They shouldn’t have been. It was there all along.
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Valerie Lioudis is the co-author of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales available on Amazon.