David T. Wilbanks as guest here at Bookhound’s Den. David is a published genre author who lives in the currently-frozen state of Minnesota. He is the co-author of the Dead Earth series with Mark Justice and is co-editor with Craig Clarke of the recently released e-book Living After Midnight. David also runs a book review blog, Page Horrific, and publishes other people’s work with Acid Grave Press.
I’ve read the first book in the Dead Earth series (my review of The Green Dawn) and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I enjoyed it so much that I’m going to give away an e-copy to one lucky person who leaves a comment below by noon on Sunday, January 30th.
Here’s my interview with David…
BH: So who exactly is David T. Wilbanks?
DTW: I’m a dude from Minnesota who makes up stories and sends them out into the world, hoping they’ll find a home—in your brain!
BH: What does the T stand for? Triumphant? Tex?
DTW: I’m named after a city in ancient Turkey apparently. Something to do with a wooden horse.
BH: Who are some of the influences on your writing?
DTW: In some way, all these authors influenced me, for better or worse: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Michael Moorcock, Gene Wolfe, Stephen King and Thomas Ligotti. And hell, let’s throw in Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick while we’re at it.
BH: It seems like music is a big part of your life. You’re about to be exiled to Siberia; what five albums are you taking with you?
DTW: Devo: Q: Are We Not Men?
Beatles: Rubber Soul
Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance
Claudio Arrau: Chopin Nocturnes
Gunter Wand/NDR-Sinfonieorchester: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
BH: What’s it like living in Minnesota? How the hell do you deal with the cold? Do you hibernate?
DTW: Yeah, it gets cold here in the winter but I’ve gotten to where I don’t notice weather much. Dressing for it is half the battle.
BH: How did the Dead Earth series come into existence? Why more zombies?
DTW: I say, why not more zombies? Lots of people who don’t know better like to draw a line in time and say this zombie thing is over as of now, but I don’t see it happening yet. Besides, Dead Earth is so much more than zombies and will be expanding into new territory as the series grows.
BH: Seems like you’re a pretty busy guy. What projects do you have going on now?
DTW: Folks can head on over to their favorite online book store and pick up the first two Dead Earth books: The Green Dawn and The Vengeance Road. There’s also an e-book anthology called Living After Midnight which I co-edited and snuck a story into; I’m a bad boy. Mark Justice and I are working on the third Dead Earth book and I always have new ideas popping into my skull. I’m going to turn those ideas into books.
Many thanks again to David for taking the time to do this interview! Now, go buy his books and make him a happy guy…