Thursday, January 27, 2011

An Interview with David T. Wilbanks

I’m proud to have author 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…


Peter Andrew Leonard said...

Nice interview, Neal!
I enjoyed the first Dead Earth book and need to get around to it's sequel.

Teawench said...

Yay for more zombies! I agree there isn't any definite line in the sand that says 'This is it for zombies (or vampires)! Pack up & go home.'

No need to enter me for the book. I bought it yesterday!

Lee Thompson said...

Great interview, gentlemen! David's a nice fella and fine writer. I think I might kill him and steal his power... :P

Gabrielle Campbell said...

I'm usually not a zombie fan but this sounds interesting so count me in.

Writers should write what they want. The whole idea of zombies, vampires, etc being "over" is silly.

Kippoe said...

Nice interview book sounds great

Douglas Dorow said...

Hey, I'm from Minnesota too! Nice interview. Keep writing and reading.

Darkeva said...

Fantastic interview! I dropped by here through the maneating bookworm and I'm glad I did :-) I actually read Living After Midnight and enjoyed it a fair bit :-) If you want to check our more horror reviews, take a gander at my site :-)

Have a good weekend,

Cate Gardner said...

Lovely interview. The Green Dawn is one of my favourite books.

author Scott Nicholson said...

good interview!