Interview with Albert Yates

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time playing with my kids, reading and listening to music. Many of the books that I read often lead to inspiration for an idea of something that I want to do the next time I sit down to write.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stephen King - 'Salems Lot

I read this book back in University while living in a century home off campus. The big open areas, hallways that go on forever, trees knocking on the windows when it was windy added to the terrifying nature of what has to be his scariest book.

Jonathan Maberry - Patient Zero

The first book in the Joe Ledger series had me hooked from the end of the first chapter. I couldn't get enough of how this man thought, how he reacted to everything that was happening around him. As the series progressed I was still enthralled by the complete list of characters who were added to his team.

David Moody - Hater

I first heard of David Moody through is "Autumn" series of books and picked up the "Hater" book on a whim, I couldn't believe how well this man comes up with captivating stories and unique situations. Being a new father when I read this, the heart ache of being separated from his kids really go to me.

Annie Walls - Taking on the Dead

I found her book in the first StoryBundle that I picked up and found myself unable to put the book down. Her book was the first I read that had a slightly different take on zombies that what I've been used to. They acted differently, they reacted differently and they gave me the inspiration that not all zombies have to be sluggish George Romero zombies.

Hugh Howery - I, Zombie

This came from another StoryBundle. The entire book is told from the point of view of a dozen people as they deal with life being a zombie, they no longer have control over their bodies but they are well aware of everything that they're doing.
What is your writing process?
In the evenings, when I get most of my writing done, I have the attention span of a small goldfish and will find my attention being drawn away from writing towards social media, and random other links that I click.

When I write I have to turn off the internet on my laptop so that I can keep focused on what I'm writing, after I finish a chapter I will reward myself with a few minutes of free-range on the internet.

Also, I need caffeine and candy to write. Lots of candy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I used to have a Kobo and loved reading on that, but I broke it and started using my tablet instead.

I use MoonReader+ as my app, mostly because it will sync reading positions between my phone and tablet.
What are you working on next?
I working on the next couple of books in my Dead Rising series. I took a break from editing and started planning out a few of the chapters in each of the books. I found it to be more fun to come up with new ideas instead of editing grammar and formatting.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find all of the books I want to read through recommendations from sites that I've already gotten books from, other authors on social media talking about books that their reading, and through bundles (like Story Bundle or Humble Bundle).
Describe your desk
Currently the desk I use for writing is the kitchen table. I keep all of my notes, inspiration, and thoughts in a little book that I keep with me most of the time.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing stories when I was in middle school. At the time I wrote comedy stories involving some strange characters that I made up with a friend of mine. Sadly, or gratefully, these stories don't exist any more.

While I was in university for Computer Science, I took a few sociology courses and it was in those classes where I re-discovered my love of writing while crafting reports and essays on a broad range of topics.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current book, and next few in the series, are all inspired by the wonderful zombie culture that's sprouting up around the world. I've always been a fan of horror and supernatural novels, reading anything that I could get my hands on from our tiny bookstore growing up.

The best part about a zombie novel is the story of the humanity that comes from such death and destruction, pairing together groups of people who would not normally associate with one another in their daily lives. They take the death and destruction surrounding them and survive as best they can while trying to find answers to what caused it all.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've read and followed so many indie author's in the past few years that it gave me the inspiration to actually follow through with it knowing that I actually didn't need to find a giant publisher to put my book into the different stores around the world.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to expand my reach and enable me to put my book into stores I normally wouldn't have access to, or thought of putting my book in the first place.
Published 2015-08-25.
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Books by This Author

The Dead Rising: The Beginning
Series: The Dead Rising. Price: Free! Words: 66,370. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(1.50 from 2 reviews)
The world has become a different place since Henry woke up this morning and decided to go for a run on his treadmill. His neighbour seems to be acting strange, no one is working at the radio station, and the 911 operator rushed him off the phone when he called. What happened to his town while he was sleeping and will Henry be able to survive the dangers that lie outside of his house?