What are your published works, and what are you working on?
I’ve published 10 books to date ranging from post-apocalyptic fiction to romance and even some crime. My most popular series ‘Tales from the Brink’ is a growing collection of novels based around the fall of mankind and spans over a thousand years. One of my most recent titles takes the zombie genre and launches it into space, seeing our heavily armored heroes battle against a planet of 6.2 million undead creatures! Right now I’m working on the sequel to this title.
If someone was just hearing about you for the first time what 1 thing would you want them to know?
I’d want them to know that they’d enjoy my books. Period. Just give them a go.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes. From the age of 14 I’ve been writing. At 16 I ‘vanity’ published my first novella ‘At the dawn of the ruined sun’, some 60,000 words. It was the first taste I had of writing post-apocalyptic fiction and since then I’ve never looked back. Even though it doesn’t pay the bills, the love I have for telling stories with real, believable characters has been one of the most central aspects of my life.
What has been the biggest adventure of your life?
I spent two weeks in South Africa as part of a church mission to the impoverished ‘shanty’ towns of Durban. Like most adventures it made for a better memory than an experience! It was perhaps the longest two weeks of my life and I was glad to land back on British soil when it was over.
If zombie apocalypse were to happen tomorrow would you be prepared?
I always have a B.O.B packed and ready to go. I’d get a good head start on the undead horde but I think that I’m getting a little too old to be helping humanity to survive and rebuild. I’d probably vanish into the woods and never be seen again. Maybe one day they’d find my corpse and a diary with my last story in it.
What 3 things do you feel everyone should have to be ready for a survival situation?
Skill, skill and skill. I spend a lot of time outdoors and I learned that all the equipment in the world is useless to someone who doesn’t have the physical fitness, the mental strength or the training needed to survive in the most basic of world-ending scenarios. A skilled person can survive with the most basic of kit if they’ve got the brains to overcome obstacles and think logically about the situation. If you really want to survive, do the homework. Chances are that when the SHTF you won’t be anywhere near your bug-out-bag and you’ll need to improvise. Being overweight and under trained will kill you before the zombies do.
Who would you want with you if civilized society fell apart?
My loved ones. My nightmare situation is if the world collapsed and I was nowhere near those important to me or couldn’t reach them. I’d want to be with them and hopefully come up with a plan to save as many as I could.
What 2 books would be in your bug out bag, knowing you would have to read them over and over?
‘Robinson Crusoe’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. In the grim apocalypse I’d need these to keep the brain from dwelling on reality too much. I mean, who couldn’t re-read LOTR over and over??
If we were thrown into the dark ages what would you miss most?
Coffee. Period. I’d have to figure out how to grow and roast it. I might even end myself if I couldn’t have coffee.
What is the most surprising fact about you?
l’m actually a nice guy. You just wouldn’t think it to look at me.
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Valerie Lioudis is the co-author of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales available on Amazon.