R.L. Blalock #ReanimatedWriters Interview

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What are your published works, and what are you working on?

Right now, I have three-ish stories published. Devour and Divided, the first two novels in the Death & Decay series, and The Darkest Days, a side story novella set in the Death & Decay world. I say three-ish because I have another novella post to Wattpad called Mark of Perdition. I don’t have a desire to fully publish it but it’s complete and up for the world to see.
Currently, I’m working on book three in the Death & Decay series, Distortion. I’m excited because I’m going back to my favorite character, Liv. I feel like she’s an old friend that I’ve missed as I’ve worked on other storylines without her.

If someone was just hearing about you for the first time what 1 thing would you want them to know?

Saddle up. I love action and gore. I love coming up with new ways to make my characters’ lives worse. I don’t shy away from the hard parts.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Not always but for a long time. I started writing in middle school with my best friend. She and I had just met and bonded over books, video games, and writing. For a long time, it was just a wishful thought for me or at best a hobby. But when I had my daughter, that changed. I couldn’t help but want her to be happy and follow her dreams. I figured if that’s what I wanted her to do, then I had to show her how important it was. I had to do it myself. So I left nursing school and threw myself into writing and I’ve never looked back since.

What has been the biggest adventure of your life

I don’t know that I’ve had a lot of crazy adventures. I joined the military after high school. Got out and moved to California where I was born. Got married and moved to Missouri to be closer to my family. To be honest, learning what it takes to be a writer has probably been the craziest, most stressful, and yet exciting adventure of my life.

If the zombie apocalypse were to happen tomorrow would you be prepared?

Oh god, I am ashamed to say no. I am not a prepper and, to be honest, the fact that I have a small child I think would pretty much doom me. But my books are based on everyday people caught unaware and I’ve learned a lot of cool tricks and tips while doing research so who knows maybe I wouldn’t do too bad.

What 3 things do you feel everyone should have to be ready for a survival situation?

Bleach, a knife, and a lighter. A few drops of bleach can be used to purify water. A knife for defense, to prepare food, and a lot of other crafting things that will be necessary in an apocalyptic situation. And a lighter for fires.

 Who would you want with you if civilized society fell apart?

My daughter, my husband, and my best friend, Rachel. They are probably more like liabilities than assets (sorry guys) but really if I’m going to ride out the end of the world they would make it bearable.

What 2 books would be in your bug out bag, knowing you would have to read them over and over?

Only two? I read a lot of apocalyptic fiction and I feel like during the apocalypse that wouldn’t be nearly as enticing since I’d be living the reality. I think John Dies At The End by David Wong and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline would have to be my picks. Both are amazing books that I enjoy rereading.

If we were thrown into the dark ages what would you miss most?

It’s a toss-up between hot showers and a heater. I hate to be dirty or sticky. And I don’t particularly enjoy freezing to death.

 What is the most surprising fact about you?

I love to play Harvest Moon. Particularly, the version for the original Playstation. It’s a cheesy farming video game that my best friend and I played in middle school. But it is so much fun! It feeds into my perfectionist side as I try to make everything perfect and get the best results. I don’t play it often anymore, but when I do I tend to binge for a few weeks and play nonstop.

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Valerie Lioudis is the co-author of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales available on Amazon.

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