Trevor Zaple was born in London, Ontario, in the midst of one of the periodic sessions of brutal recession that characterize life in Ontario. He grew up in the picturesque rural surroundings of Seaforth before fleeing to a series of dying industrial burgs across Southern Ontario. He has a bachelor's degree in Contemporary Studies granted unto him by Wilfrid Laurier University, which has about as much meaning as it sounds. He lived fondly in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood for several years before retreating to yet another dying industrial burg. He now lives with his wife and daughter in St. Catharines, Ontario.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, at this particular moment I'm watching a baby laugh, because she finds something funny in the window. I am simultaneously listening to Sun Kil Moon's Benji album, and these two combined are pretty much what I do on a daily basis. I take great joy in my youngest daughter and listen to music. I go through periods where I'll read voraciously and then go through periods where I won't read much at all. I'm going through the former right now, currently reading Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis, but even when I do nothing but read my backlist is gigantic and I don't know if I'll ever get through it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mod a couple of Reddit communities that help with that - /r/wroteabook, and /r/books. The former is where you go to advertise that you've written a book and the latter is where you go to talk about how great you think 1984 and Catcher In The Rye are. Beyond that I use Goodreads primarily - their recommended reading lists get generated off of books you've already read, so it's like taking suggestions from someone who knows what I already like.
Richard Adams loves his job - or maybe he just wants to ignore everything that's going on outside of it. As the world rapidly turns into a plague-filled charnel house, Richard keeps on running his store as though nothing has changed. Even after he closes down for the last time, he can't quite bring himself to believe that everything has changed.
What was once old is new again, and after years of environmental neglect the Dust Bowl returns to Oklahoma. Young Tommy is a bicycle courier that delivers his adoptive father's drugs to their customers, but on his last day there is a twist of fate that changes his life forever.