Interview with Jason Thornton

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do everything on a lap top. An e-reader doesn't have the capability and screen space for what I need.
When did you first start writing?
I began working on a story in 2006, about all the sources of fuel being sabotaged at the same time and the degeneration that followed. It's still incomplete.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Industry of Death, is a zombie novel but with the premise that we've learned to harness the undead as a power source. Unfortunately, like any other resource, quality zombies are a finite resource. The main story follow a survivor, drafted from the wilds, who works in a power plant motivating the undead to turn the cogs of industry. Too soon, he discovers that people after the zombie plague haven't changed.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My brain doesn't stop. There's always a plot (or five) waiting to be fleshed out.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smash words has allowed me to re-release my short stories for free, gaining an increased readership.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to explore and express the variety of plots in my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
A motivation to keep writing. A source of feedback for weaknesses in my writing.
What are you working on next?
Not sure. Either re-hash and expand an older story into novella/novel length, finish a story about the literal dissolution of earth into a giant dust ball, or begin a new sci-fi novel about GMO humans, religion and faith.
Who are your favorite authors?
Brian Keene, Mick Farren, David Wellington, Steven King, CJ Cheryh, JRR Tolkin, Terry Brooks, Max Brooks, and many many more.
What is your writing process?
It's evolved. I'll write approximately 1000 words. Re-read. Edit. Read it aloud. Edit. Compile a chapter. Publish on facebook. Re-read it. Edit. Compile the book. re-read it. Edit. Send to friends. Edit. Send to an editor. Edit. Publish.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In the 4th grade I didn't like to read at all. Curious George and the Pokey Little just held no interest for me..a fourth grader. Then I checked out Prince Caspian (CS Lewis, "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe") and it was all over. I finished the series (in the correct published date order) in no time at all and moved on to more and more books.
Published 2013-12-27.
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Books by This Author

Zombie Apocalypse Survivor: The Children Above
Series: Zombie Apocalypse Survivor, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 780. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
Flash Fiction of 417 words. This is the final chapter in time of the Zombie Apocalypse Survivor series and paints a *simple* portrait of life in the city for a small group of survivors.
Zombie Apocalypse Survivor: Paulo Buñan
Series: Zombie Apocalypse Survivor, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A literary sketch of approximately 1000 words. Paulo Buñan is the Paul Bunyan of the zombie apocalypse. The sketch serves as a bookend to the Zombie Apocalypse Survivor series, thought not the final chapter nor an end to the series of stories.
Zombie Apocalypse Survivor: The Original Story
Series: Zombie Apocalypse Survivor, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Even with the right plans and preparation, change and adaptation are necessary for the best zombie apocalypse survivor. This is the blog of a successful survivor that follows his experiences, successes and failures, as he hides away in his attic during the initial stages of the zombie plague to his eventual success in dealing with the hordes.
Zombie Apocalypse Survivor: The Office Worker
Series: Zombie Apocalypse Survivor, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 9,190. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Rather than party at his friend's house for the end of the world, Jared elects to spend his last day before the zombie apocalypse in the office in the hopes that he can get to know pretty Sheila.
Zombie Apocalypse Survivor: The Crawlspace Of Daryl Ingram
Series: Zombie Apocalypse Survivor, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 12,600. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
Surviving..when there is no where else to flee. Daryl Ingram, arrogant and ignorant, refused to prepare for the spreading chaos of the zombie plague. Unprepared for their arrival, he fled in terror to his only avenue of escape, the trap door leading to the crawlspace. Cold, damp and blind to the world outside, his survival is in doubt.
Price: Free! Words: 9,150. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the blink of an eye, all human life disappeared, except for myself. A short story.
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Undead
No blood drippings from their chins, skin hanging loose off their face, no white eyeballs or the stench of rotted flesh. If your best friend was a well fed f-zombie and was sitting in that chair on the other side of the room, yeah that chair with your stuffed teddy bear, you wouldn't have any idea at all. They tied their shoes, buttoned their shirts and combed their hair.
Industry of Death
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,250. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
Survivors of the zombie apocalypse have learned to harness the energy of the undead, eventually rebuilding industry and powering whole towns. Tyler works as a stoker for the D-Tec Corporation, allowing himself to be the bait that drives the zombies that turn the generators of Fargo,