Category: Interviews

My interview with Sarah and Stephanie Snyder from Deer Park Avenue

My interview with Sarah and Stephanie Snyder from Deer Park Avenue

I recently had a chance to review the debut E.P. from Deer Park Avenue – “City Streets”.  (If you haven’t had a chance to check out my review, you can find it here.)  At the time, I said one of the things I love most about this blog is the opportunity it affords me to meet new authors and artists.  Sarah and Stephanie Snyder from Deer Park Avenue are no exception to that rule.

After I published my review of “City Streets”, Sarah and Stephanie were kind enough to sit down and chat with me.  We covered a wide range of topics; from musical influences, to pop European bands, to – of course – the impending zombie apocalypse.

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My interview with MiG Ayesa: From “Rockstar” to “Rock of Ages” star

My interview with MiG Ayesa: From “Rockstar” to “Rock of Ages” star

Most people were introduced to MiG Ayesa six years ago on the show “Rockstar:INXS”.  An accomplished performer with a strong, clear rock voice; MiG exuded both a calm confidence and an electric stage presence during the show.  While he could command the stage with a manic, almost reckless abandon; MiG still managed melt hearts and turn in one of the best performances of the season with his restrained and nuanced piano rendition of “Baby I Love Your Way”.  It was that performance that made me a MiG fan.

Born in the Philippines and raised in Australia, MiG started his music career long before he appeared on “Rockstar:INXS”.  He worked on both the stage and in TV in Australia, before moving to London in 2001 to pursue his dream of being a recording artist.  While in London he appeared in “Rent” and played the lead in “We Will Rock You”.  It was that show he left to take a shot at “Rockstar:INXS”

If you haven’t kept up with MiG since “Rockstar:INXS”, you’ve missed a lot.  He was signed to Decca/Universal and released his debut album, the eponymous “MiG”, in 2007.  After a stint in Los Angeles, he and his wife decided to move to New York.  MiG toured with the international company of “We Will Rock You”, appeared in “Handel’s Messiah Rocks” and made his Broadway debut last year in “Burn The Floor”.

These days, MiG is busy with the national touring company of “Rock of Ages” playing the part of Arsenal front man Stacee Jax.  I had a chance to talk with him last week.  We had a great conversation, covering everything from the tour, his upcoming album, the inspiration for his characterization of Stacee, his plans for the future, zombies, and some of the things you just can’t do on Skype.

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My Conversation with Brad Thor

My Conversation with Brad Thor

New York Times Best-Selling author Brad Thor is one of the most accomplished thriller writers of our day.  His signature character, Scot Harvath, has been entertaining audiences since his debut in 2002.  This year, Brad took the all female covert operations team he introduced in “Foreign Influence” and spun them off into their own book – “The Athena Project”.  I called this team a “lethal combination of beauty, brains, and bullets” in my review (which you can read here).

Brad has spent time as a member of Homeland Security’s Analytic Red Cell Unit, is a fellow of the Alexandrian Defense Group, and is a frequent contributor to the Glenn Beck program.  He can now add to his resume – an interviewee and friend of thewordzombie.com.  Just before Christmas I had a chance to talk with Brad about a wide range of topics.  We covered “The Athena Project”, how veterans could help secure our airports, the things that scare him most, why gun owners should be allowed to fly armed, the best non-fiction book he’s ever read, teleportation, why Eric Holder is a coward, and – of course – zombies.  It was one of the more engaging and interesting conversations I’ve had in long while.  I hope you enjoy it.

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My interview with Bill Bowen, author of “The Target”

My interview with Bill Bowen, author of “The Target”

If you have not had the opportunity to read my review of “The Target” by Bill Bowen, you can find it here.  “The Target” is a fresh perspective on the nuclear thriller, and asks questions about the nature of the war on terror and what role, if any, deterrence will play in that conflict.  I had the chance to talk with him recently about the motivations of his characters, the things that scare him most in the world, and – of course – his plans for the coming zombie apocalypse.

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My interview with “Planning to Live” author Heather Wardell

My interview with “Planning to Live” author Heather Wardell

If you haven’t had a chance to read my review of “Planning to Live”, you can find it here.  It’s a book about real people, real problems, and contains a message that I think we all need to hear.  I was fortunate to have a chance to chat with Heather Wardell, the author of “Planning to Live”.  There is a little someting for everyone to be found in our talk – from serious to sublime to silly.   We discussed her experience with self-publishing, the importance of “lovely little things” in your life, polar bears, squirrels, and – of course – zombie preparedness.  Enjoy!

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