10 Questions With Nick Cole

Welcome to this special thirty eighth edition of 10 Questions With…

There is a group on Facebook called Band Of Dystopian Authors And Fans and they host a lot of events for indie authors.  This year I get to be apart of their BOD’s Zombie Crawl 2 – Blog Party.

How it works: Each day, the scheduled authors and bloggers will post awesome zombie-tastic content for your enjoyment along with a giveaway on their site/blog/page. You can hop around to all of the participating sites and enter as many giveaways as you like! If you would like to be emailed links to the new posts each day, join this Zombie Crawl Daily Digest list which will ensure you don’t miss a post (or join the party on Facebook to get notifications). Make sure to leave comments and interact with the participating sites. Thanks for joining the party!  I will have the schedule at the end of this post and you can also go here to see it.

Today our guest is:

Nick Cole

71PkC-LCoqL._UX250_Nick Cole is a working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can often be found as a guard for King Phillip the Second of Spain in the Opera Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera or some similar role. Nick Cole has been writing for most of his life and acting in Hollywood after serving in the U.S. Army.

1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?

I was a soldier and an actor before I got published.

2.) What inspired you to write your first book?

My first published book is The Old Man and the Wasteland. I’m a big fan of Hemingway and post Apocalyptia. I thought… wouldn’t be great if The Old Man and the Sea were set after a nuclear war. And that began to the process of writing the book.

3.) Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favorite author… Hard question. Lots of favorites but I would say I really enjoy the novels of Arturo Perez Reverte. He’s an excellent storyteller and his books are always thrilling and rich.

4.) If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

51j8SP6gpVL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_I think I would enjoy Kurt Vonnegut. He seemed to be both an excellent conversationalist and a good listener. Which is what you need for a a good time. Plus, he knew a lot of funny jokes.

5.) What book are you reading now?

The Siege by Arturo Perez Reverte but I’m getting ready to go old school post-apocalyptic binging for a secret project I’m working on.

6.) Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Everybody that I’m working with over at Apocalypse Weird, a post-apocalyptic shared brand universe, is awesome. We are having the most fun wrecking the world together and we’re doing a big 5 year project to tell a big arc. It’s truly big, grand storytelling. It’s The a Dark Tower meets Lost meets Evil Dead. Fun stuff.

7.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?

No.

8.) Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I just published The End of the World as We Knew It. It’s basically The Notebook meets The Walking Dead. It’s a bit of a different take on the whole zombie genre. It’s a love story and its set after the whole pandemic has begun to subside. People are really enjoying it and talking about what a fresh take it is on the genre. I’m very excited about it and my agent informed me there was already a little Hollywood interest. So, we’ll see.

9.) What song best describes you and why?

Killer Joe by Quincy Jones.


It’s an easy going orchestral romp through the noir of a detective looking to put all the pieces together. Which sorta sums me up as a writer.

10.) A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“I told you I’d find you.” Because… Penguins are just that way.

Go ahead, pimp whatever book you want:

51kykUv9AXL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Check out my book The End of the World as We Know It.

“In the future, an artist specializing in historical records creates a piece of art based on three separate accounts of the Pandemic. What follows is a patchwork tale of survival and horror as two lovers struggle to survive the undying dead and the collapse of an America turned charnel house. Told as memos from Ground Zero, and later in the journal of a Dark Tower-like quest by train and foot across a nightmare landscape of ruined cities and raving corpses, the three accounts reveal more than just the grim realities of society’s collapse. The Notebook meets The Walking Dead in this stained glass depiction of the end of the world as we knew it.”

It’s just 99 Cents right now!

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GIVEAWAY:  Nick Cole is going to giveaway three signed copies of The End Of The World As We Knew It.  To get registered all you need to do is answer the following question in the comment section:

What is your favorite zombie story?  It can be a book, movie, show, or comic.

Due to shipping, this contest is open to residents of the United States only.  The giveaway will end on October 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm (est).

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I would like to thank Nick Cole for joining us today.  I hope you enjoyed learning about him as much as I did.

To learn more about Nick Cole and his books you can visit his website.  Don’t forget to sign up for his newsletter while you are there.

You can also follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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I hope you will take the time and visit the other giveaways that are going on and are upcoming with this year’s Zombie Crawl.

z crawl schedule

Zombie Crawl 2 – Blog Party

October 22 – 31, 2015

by Band of Dystopian Authors & Fans

The Schedule:

OCTOBER 22 – Thursday

Band of Dystopian Authors & Fans (Party & Grand Prize Host)

Jo Michaels Blog (author)

Rissa Blakeley (author)

OCTOBER 23 – Friday

Claire C. Riley (author)

2 Girls & A Book (blog)

Emily Shore (author)

OCTOBER 24 – Saturday

Kathy Dinisi (author)

Us Girls & A Book (blog)

The Voluptuous Book Diva (blog 18+)

OCTOBER 25 – Sunday

Casey L. Bond (author)

THE KATY blog (blog)

OCTOBER 26 – Monday

Saul Tanpepper (author)

Warren Fielding (author)

The Leighgendarium (blog)

OCTOBER 27 – Tuesday

Kody Boye (author)

Rhiannon Frater (author)

ER Arroyo (author)

OCTOBER 28 – Wednesday

Allen Gamboa (author)

Armand Rosamilia (author)

Ethan @ One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads (blog)

OCTOBER 29 – Thursday

Kate L. Mary (author)

aftershockzombieseries (author)

Eli Constant (author)

OCTOBER 30 – Friday

Aria Michaels (author)

Brian Parker (author)

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps (blog)

OCTOBER 31 – Saturday

Cindy Carroll (author)

M. R. Pritchard (author)

Toni L.H. Boughton (author)

Digital Dirty Girl (blog)

To learn more about Band of Dystopian and/or to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway, visit BandofDystopian.com and don’t forget to join the group on Facebook!

About leighgendarium

Preston Leigh, with the help of many in the indie community, is the founder of The Leighgendarium.

47 Responses to 10 Questions With Nick Cole

  1. My favorite zombie read this year is Lone Survivor by Christian Jensen.

    My favorite zombie show is The Walking Dead.

    My favorite zombie movie is Zombie Strippers

  2. I loved the movie World War Z because the focus was on the race to find the origins, and posssibly a cure while everything was falling apart around them. The cure as it turned out was a very unique way of thinking.

  3. TV: The walking dead
    Books: no favorite love apocalypse based really getting indie writers
    Movies: horror but still love original night of the living dead

  4. Great interview. Nick is new to me so I am going to go and have a look at his work.
    Favorite story, Well if you go with book it is between The Time of Death Series and Twenty Five Percent series as books. Show would be The Walking Dead. (Which I need to get caught up on)

    • But seriously, I really dug the heck out of The End of the World as We Knew It, just like I loved World War Z. The fact that in the event of a Z Apocalypse, society would shatter and splinter, all we would be left with is pieces and we’d have to put those pieces back together. In a way, that’s the form of the narrative for both of those books and in those ways, those books appealed to me, also offering hope in the midst of chaos.

  5. My favorite Zombie movie would have to be 28 Days Later…LOVED that movie! Favorite Zombie book would have to be the Time of Death series by Shana Festa or Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Extinction series. I’m also a fan of The Walking Dead t.v. show! I’m sure once I read The End of the World As We Knew It, I can add that to my new list of faves…LOL!

  6. Gosh, so many favorites…I love Rot and Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry, the Broken World series by Kate Mary, the Grace series by M.Lauryl Lewis and the Contagium series..just to name a few. I have fou d so many new authors to live following B.O.D..

  7. I like the movie Shaun of the Dead – too funny! I prefer NOT to read zombie fiction – prefer post-apocalyptic and dystopian.

  8. I just started watching the walking dead on netflix, I am hooked. My favorite book(s) are from the “Surviving the Zombie Apocolypse” by Shawn Chesser and my favorite movie is got to be the original Night of the Living Dead. I enjoyed your interview and hope maybe to see you on the Walking Dead someday 🙂

  9. Favorite? Only one? I can’t. Zombies are interpreted in so many different ways, just one is impossible.

    I LOVE Saul Tanpepper’s writing! But is Bunker 12 or the Flense, considered zombie? Ann Christy’s Between Life and Death series! With more books coming out!!! Deirdre Gould’s After the Cure! The way that story unfolds, it’s a suspenseful drama with revigorated undead.
    Anthony J Melchiorri, the Tide. Zombies?
    the Z Chronicles <3

    Movies — World War Z. Warm Bodies.
    I know they are books but I haven't read them.
    28 Days Later!
    I really enjoy the 2010 the Crazies remake, but like Saul's work, would it be considered zombie?

    The Walking Dead is my FAV zombie TV show, but I don't watch real as it happens TV anymore. I hear iZombie is pretty good.

  10. I really enjoyed the movie “Zombieland”, a funny, outrageous zombie movie with a Bill Murray cameo that was, ahem, to die for. 🙂

    I also really enjoyed the unabridged audiobook of “World War Z” by Max Brooks and “The Z Chronicles”, chock full of excellent zombie short stories. And TEOTWAWKI is on my “want to read” list.

  11. book – probably the entire series of Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo. Started my hunger with zombie books.
    TV – The Walking Dead
    Movie – Shaun of the Dead. Sometimes I like a chuckle with my gore.

  12. My favorite zombie show: TWD of course!
    Favorite movie: World War Z
    Favorite book: I am fairly new to zombies in books, but Flesher by Emily Shore was pretty awesome!

  13. Ok wow….. Lots of posts to make you think of all the movies, tv shows, etc.
    I love The Walking Dead hands down ! Best tv series. iZombie is ok, not my fave.
    My fave zombie post apocalyptic movies….
    1. RESIDENT EVILS
    2. ZOMBIE LAND
    3. CRAZIES
    4. WW Z
    These are my faves in this order.
    Now for books Im new … So I know Treemakers by Christina L. Rozelle I have been reading and its pretty darn good!
    I will be definitely reading Nick Coles work!!!
    Thank you for the awesome as always interview Preston!!

  14. My favorite Zombie story is The Walking Dead, both the comic book series and the tv show!

    Although I have fallen behind on watching the show I still love watching it and the development of the story and characters. I also find it interesting to see the difference between the comic book story line and the the way the decided to go with the tv show.

  15. Definitely enjoy The Walking Dead show, but as for books pocalypse Z by Manuel Louiero is a very good one and War War Z is pretty good (and oddly, the movie is NOTHING like the book). Also definitely enjoyed Nick Cole’s very different take on the zombie novel. Refreshing. Still though, i have to say, I miss the Old Man and the Savage boy so much. That trilogy is beautiful

  16. One of my favorite movies is World War Z. One of the TV shows that I’m getting a kick out of is iZombie. Thank you for this opportunity.

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