The Man in the Close of the Earth was motivated by a visit to an allotment in West Sussex. It had been mid-summer that the weather was glorious and nothing can be further from most people’s heads than a zombie apocalypse that is potential. Howevermy mind was crossed by & #x2026 a zombie fan & #x2026; of course, this kind of event.
I listened to a few of the gentlemen at the allotment who had been tethered to his leeks and, voila – the concept of an elderly protagonist was born [note: 87-year older Gerald Stockwell-Poulter isn't based on any actual man etc…]. Throw in Hamilton (the cherry ginger Scotsman) and also Finnbar Phipps (a moody millennial) and I believed I had a unique, unlikely crew to mash together in a survival scenario.
Bite No.1: The Old Man in the End of the planet is my first literary job; I love humorous zombie tales and wanted to bring a UK-based offering with a special protagonist into the genre. I am now editing Bite No. 2, it will be ‘snack sized’ also (20,000 words) – I have noticed that an increasing number of readers are searching for novellas and ‘brief reads’ and that they enjoy instalments of longer speculative fiction (with no cliffhanger endings).
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