M.F. Soriano

Biography

M.F. Soriano got his first job at the age of twelve. In the more than two decades that have passed since then, he's worked as a nurseryman in a tree farm, a deckhand on a tall ship, a front desk receptionist in a psychological services center. He's been a bartender in Britain, an English teacher in Spain, and a drummer for a rock band in Mexico. Through it all, ever since he first sat down and actually thought of what he wanted to do for a living, he's wanted to be a writer.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was a kid, my brother and I devoured Fantasy fiction, especially books from the Dragonlance line. I started to get serious about my writing a few years later, but by then I'd moved on to reading Literary (with a capital L) books, and most of what I wrote reflected that. I ended up going to college for a writing degree, and the program was all about Literature--very highfalutin stuff. By the end of my time at college, writing had become pretty tedious for me. I'd started writing a novel more than once, but I'd always gotten too bored to finish.

After I graduated, I took the time to consider what had made me want to write in the first place. I remembered the Fantasy fiction I'd loved as a kid--the way it had ignited my imagination, the sense of adventure it had communicated. I started reading it again, and came across authors I'd never read before, like Jim Butcher and George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss. These writers were doing very exciting things with the genre, moving it in directions I'd never seen it move. It inspired me.

I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing Fantasy fiction, and I started on my novel Blood Brothers. In the end, writing that book was the most fun I'd had writing anything, ever. It gave me a chance to let my imagination run wild, and to honor what had excited me so much about Fantasy as a kid, but it also gave me a chance to turn certain conventions upside down, and to take a Fantasy story to places I'd never seen Fantasy go. In particular, I loved having the opportunity to incorporate mysticism and altered-mental-states in a Fantasy setting, especially as aspects of magic, and to focus on the effects of race and class on character personalities.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a horror series called Zombie City. But, just like Blood Brothers played around with certain conventions of the Fantasy genre, I'd like to think that Zombie City comes at the whole Zombie genre from a fresh angle. Perhaps most notable about the series is its setting: San Francisco. The current transformation that San Francisco is going through, from a city known for alternative lifestyles and immigrant communities to a city known for tech start-ups (which is basically the newest form of Big Business), is the key to everything that happens in the book. Really, it's almost like a parable about gentrification... with zombies. (It's also brutally violent and horrific, probably the darkest thing I've ever written.)
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Books

Zombie City: Omnibus
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Series: Zombie City. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 138,140. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Hipsters. Shane hates them. They dress like artists, but they think like yuppies. They drive up the cost of living in San Francisco, making it nearly impossible for people like Shane to survive. And now they're starting to act really weird, moaning and shuffling and trying to bite...
Zombie City: Episode 5
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Series: Zombie City. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,940. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
San Francisco is in ruins. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands more have been infected. Shane and his new allies have fought to stay alive since the start of the outbreak. Now they're fighting to bring it to an end.
Zombie City: Episode 4
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Series: Zombie City. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,540. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
In the fourth episode of the Zombie City series, Shane finds refuge with a group of outcasts occupying an abandoned factory in the Bayview District. For the punks, hippies, and bikers living in the Sodaworks Squat, their rejection of mainstream society served as a unifying force. But now that mainstream society is in ruins, the outcasts are left without a common cause, and new tensions explode.
Zombie City: Episode 3
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Series: Zombie City. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,440. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
In the third episode of the Zombie City series, Shane finds himself on his own again, with innocent blood on his hands. San Francisco has been completely overwhelmed by the infection. Any survivors have gone into hiding, leaving the streets to the lurchers. When a primary escape route is destroyed, Shane realizes he's trapped amongst the cannibal hordes, and he's running low on hope.
Dry Shores
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Price: Free! Words: 16,480. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Joe McCarthy is an alcoholic bum who's made the park benches of Waikiki his home. But Joe's thirsty for change, and his sponsor Kent is willing to help him find it. When Kent gets murdered, Joe makes a desperate plan to save himself from slipping back into his old ways. He'll find out who killed Kent, and why. And hopefully he'll be able to stay sober while he's doing it.
Zombie City: Episode 2
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Series: Zombie City. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,480. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The Zombie City series continues with Shane's escape from the murderous halls of the ZapPow! company offices. Unfortunately, the infection has spread to San Francisco's streets, and South Beach is now swarming with sick, blood-hungry hipsters. Shane finds temporary shelter, and other survivors, on the rooftops. But survival comes at a cost, and Shane's companions aren't patient with slow learners.
Zombie City: Episode 1
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Series: Zombie City. Price: Free! Words: 25,080. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Shane moved to San Francisco to write. Now he's trapped in a dead-end job--cleaning up after startup hipsters who dress like artists but think like yuppies--and not writing at all. When Shane decides to leave the City and start over, a horrific infection breaks out amongst the hipsters, plunging San Francisco into a nightmare of cannibalism and murder. San Francisco is dead. Welcome to Zombie City
Cool Blue
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,180. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Jeff Jones is new to San Francisco, and he's eager to explore the city. After two weeks of fog, the weather finally takes a turn for the better, and Jeff decides to go on a walk. He stumbles across the "Mystery Ocean" fish store. What he finds inside will change him… in a horrible way.
The ElectroLive Murders
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,260. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When a rich old man is brutally murdered, detective Richard Dashiell loses all patience for protocol. Rookie inspector Natalia Helenas, assigned to the same case, finds herself caught between respect for her partner and respect for the rules. Their investigation leads them from the immaculate halls of a cutting-edge medical business to the seedy chambers of a twisted sex club.
Witchfire
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Price: Free! Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Horn head. Goat-son bastard. Witch. Athemon is of the Caprine race, and because of that he has been called all of these things. When Athemon learns that his race can be a source of power instead of oppression, he claims that power eagerly, using his own rage as a fuel. But Athemon will learn that payback comes with a cost of its own.
Blood Brothers
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,560. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Grillis. Athemon. Verlvik. Three young men, struggling to survive in a world where monsters roam, and where men are monstrous. A world where a single stroke of an axe can start a series of events that will threaten an entire nation. A world where brotherhood offers the only hope of redemption, and brotherhood isn’t something you’re born into, it’s something you earn.

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Smashwords book reviews by M.F. Soriano

  • Deadlocked on Oct. 16, 2013

    What I loved about this book is the way the author handled crowd response. The story takes place when the zombie outbreak first hits the streets, and the author does a great job of describing the chaos that ensues. I got a very vivid sense of the protagonist/narrator being at the center of frenzied, panicked, faceless mobs of people--with so much going on that his mind can't take it all in. And yet the story is peppered with striking details that give you clear images, as though you're seeing it with your own eyes. It feels grounded, real, and terrifying.
  • Breakers on Jan. 27, 2014

    The quality of the writing is excellent--every sentence solid, every paragraph well-formed. It's a first-rate take on a pretty far out topic--alien invasion. Sometimes it got a little too focused on the characters' thoughts for my tastes, but I will definitely put it at the top of the list of sci fi books I've read in my life.
  • Blood of Nanking on Jan. 27, 2014

    An interesting blend of history and horror, with a satisfying supernatural twist. The author handles the different cultures in the story (Chinese, American, and Japanese) with a deft hand.