I’m interviewing Lee Herrmann today, author of YA dystopian/horror “Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse”. Welcome, Mr. Herrmann! Thanks for answering my questions.
Q: Please tell us about yourself.
Oh, I’m terribly uninteresting! That’s why writers write, because their lives are dull!
Seriously, I’m just an ordinary guy: 36, married with 2 sons (Max and Nik). I spend a lot of time watching movies, reading comics and talking about the potential looming apocalypse.
Q: Tell us about your book.
It presupposes the question how South Africa would react in the face of an uncontrollable outbreak. We catch up two years after the outbreak with a family who have been hiding in their house. After their supplies run out, its time to go out into this new world that they don’t recognise anymore. It’s from the perspective of Kon, who’s 16 years old. He’s been protected his whole life and now he has to grow up fast – so it’s a coming of age story in an altered environment.
Q: What inspired you to write “Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse”?
It’s basically the answer to a hundred ‘what if’ conversations I’ve had with friends. So rather than sit with it all in my head I decided to write a story. It’s sort of my blueprint to survival when the apocalypse comes. Out of that come these characters, who are just irdinary people in a messed-up situation they have no control over.
Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?
It all depends on my mood. Sometimes I can be industrious and tear through 20 pages at a time. Other times it takes a whole day just to get a sentence right. You can’t always force it.
Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Authors are often very dissimilar to their work, so I’d be very apprehensive about meeting anyone. Although, I’d like to meet JD Salinger… there are a few questions about The Catcher in the Rye I’d like answered…
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
I’m busy tinkering on the plot to the sequel of Journal of South African Zombie Apocalypse. There’s a lot to explore in that universe.
About The Book
Author: Lee Herrmann
Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian
Pages: 180 pages
Publication Date: August 2014
ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1
South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.
After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.
Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.
About the Author
Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.
He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.
He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries ( www.TheManservantMysteries.com).
Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.