Interview with Justin Tilley

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's like an escape. The Apocalypse Trilogy is my first big project so I fell in love with the characters, and as for the story line, I've been writing and rewriting and thinking and even dreaming about it for years so its pretty fun to actually be kinda "living" it.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. If not for the fans then none of us would be anywhere. Besides who can't love someone who loves your work.
What are you working on next?
After the trilogy I'll be working on a modern day war novel called 'A war within.'
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Honestly, when I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing. It all revolves around my family and trying to make a better life for them doing something I love.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yup!! I wrote howling part 5, before the real one was written. When I was in grade school I would write sequels of my favorite movies.
What is your writing process?
Well, if I have an idea, I just write. I don't outline or brainstorm or anything like that, I just write the way it comes to me. I might stop mid chapter and skip to the next if I'm dealing with writers block but other than that, I just write it down in my notebook, then type it up as well as do my first round of editing, then go back and reedit again and again until I feel it's ready.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that left an impact on me was The It by Stephen King. I was in 5th grade and I remember loving it, then seeing the movie and loving that, and to this day I still brag I read it in 5th grade.
How do you approach cover design?
I think about the premise of the book and then an idea will pop up or I will talk to my designer and we will come up with ideas together.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hmmmm, that's a hard one haha. NONE I tried Piece of Cake pr and they did absolutely nothing they promised so after that I took to social media and that didn't make my career fly but it did more then hiring someone to market for me. Now you also gotta keep in mind that I'm not rich so I can't afford to hire expensive people to market and edit so I guess I get what I pay for pretty much.
Describe your desk
my lap
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in PA and DE. My writings are fiction so where I grew up had no influence, its more of my imagination and dreams.
When did you first start writing?
3rd grade
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm on my 3rd book of The Apocalypse Trilogy, and its about a group of people that survive rather harsh storms and catastrophic events as well as surviving crazy murderous people. They not only are trying to survive one thing after another but some of them find out they have these divine gifts given to them from God. There more like psychic gifts that have been reported as real or true so I could keep it as close to reality as I could but still have some fantasy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After a year of trying to find a literary agent or publisher to read my books, I gave up and decided to self publish. I know at least this way I have the opportunity to get my books out there and move on to the next project instead of focusing on begging people to read a snippet of just one book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving me the opportunity to publish
What do you read for pleasure?
menus haha I love to eat!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
ugh I guess my phone but I honestly like holding a real book...wait, the kindle paper or kindle white, whatever its callled
Who are your favorite authors?
That is toolesh hard right now because I am bound to say the writers of In the Flesh
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
just scroll on through
Published 2015-01-04.
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Books by This Author

G.M.C. Volume #18
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The twins are are doing their best to fit in the camp. Luckily they run into some people who may have the answers they are looking for. they set out on a journey to Media but run into some serious trouble on the way.
G.M.C. Volume #17
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
After traumatic events and losses, everyone is desperate to reunite. Some new allies have information that could help the zombies finally put an end to running that has plagued them since the war started.
G.M.C. Volume #16
Series: G.M.C.. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
After the camp is attacked by a new and larger threat, everyone is split up and desperately hoping to reunite. In search of answers and safety, the twins end up in a training camp, Jagen and Micheal are separated from the gang but saved by an interesting group. Dez and Mike go on an interesting trip to get the remaining zombies to the safety of Media.
G.M.C. Volume #15
Series: G.M.C.. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
There's a traitor in the midst of the Zombie Gang and everyone is trying to find out what they're up too. Tyree and Justice are training hard as well as training their teen friends to help the gang defeat the U.S. terrorists and take media for themselves.
G.M.C. Volume #14
Series: G.M.C.. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
DA is on a mission to find his family but Avery is the one who has an unexpected reunion. Tyree and Justice work hard to keep order in the camp but with a target on her head, Justice is forced to take action.
G.M.C. Volume #13
Series: G.M.C.. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Gang heads out to the Media camp to find DA's family but once there, everything seems a little too good to be true.
G.M.C. Volume #12
Series: G.M.C.. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A newly rescued woman sets the kids mind at an uneasy state. They make sure she comfy, but there something about her that just smells like trouble, and with most of the Zombies on their way out, they're not sure how safe the camp will be.
G.M.C Volume #11
Series: G.M.C.. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Zombie Gang however, have unknowingly grown and even though their hideout is still secret, it's not stopping the military or the radical groups from trying to find them and end them.
The Indigo Revolution
Series: The IndigoTrilogy, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 63,300. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The gang is still fighting for their survival and the survival of innocent people, but now with Armies from around the world joining the fight, death might be inevitable.
G.M.C. Volumes 1-10
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,550. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Read all ten stories about a secret vigilante group that does whatever it takes to assure the safety and survival of the close-knit community being held in a military safety camp full of drugs, crime, and secrets that put everyone's lives at risk.
G.M.C. Volume #10
Series: G.M.C., Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A do gooders vigilante group of takes it upon them selfs to stand up for the people of their camp and anyone one else they come across that may need help.
G.M.C. Volume #9
Series: G.M.C., Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Mike has once again went against protocol and this time it's gotten him into some real trouble. The Zombie Gang, as usual, are gonna try and do the right thing but with targets on their back, things can get real dangerous for everybody.
G.M.C. Volume #8
Series: G.M.C., Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Zombies do it again, and put their life on the line to save a few people, only this time, its their own famly.
G.M.C. Volume #7
Series: G.M.C., Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Mike finds himself in a sticky situation with no zombies in site to help, or so he thinks. Camps are being purposely overrun and after helping a murderer escape and not knowing who they can trust, The Zombies only choice is to move out on their own and protect themselves.
G.M.C. Volume #6
Series: G.M.C., Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Zombies have to back track to save an old friend....or two.
G.M.C Volume #5
Series: G.M.C., Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A secret vigilante group does what it takes to assure the safety and survival of the close-knit community being held in a military safety camp full of drugs, crime, and secrets that can put everyone's lives at risk.
G.M.C. Volume #4
Series: G.M.C., Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A secret vigilante group does what it takes to assure the safety and survival of the close-knit community being held in a military safety camp full of drugs, crime, and secrets that can put everyone's lives at risk.
G.M.C. Volume #3
Series: G.M.C., Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A secret vigilante group does what it takes to assure the safety and survival of the close-knit community being held in a military safety camp full of drugs, crime, and secrets that can put everyone's lives at risk.
G.M.C. Volume #2
Series: G.M.C., Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A secret vigilante group does what it takes to assure the safety and survival of the close-knit community being held in a military safety camp full of drugs, crime, and secrets that put everyone's lives at risk.
G.M.C Volume #1
Series: G.M.C., Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: Simple English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » War
A secret vigilante group does what it takes to assure the safety and survival of the close-knit community being held in a military safety camp full of drugs, crime, and secrets that can put everyone's lives at risk.
A Rude Awakening
Series: The IndigoTrilogy, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 71,030. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
It's six months later and the survivors are still trying to survive. Malachai and Bree are desperate to save their children from supernatural forces determined to cause destruction and despair to their families, but unknowingly to Bree, Lee wakes up unharmed, but with amnesia in another part of the country. Luckily he's alive, but finding his way into the drug cartels territory may change that.
Apocalypse Not
Series: The IndigoTrilogy, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 70,430. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The journey of a small group as they struggle to survive what appears to be the apocalypse. Some of these individual are not only trying to survive but also discover they have special gifts that can help them along the way.