Author interview 157 – Zach Adams


Zach Adams

United States

Age 26

Author Zach Adams has had a passion for writing and storytelling his entire life. However, he didn’t decide to pursue it as a profession until he realized that working in retail was completely draining his remaining life force. And so, Adams set out to create a fascinating and captivating novel, which he achieved in his debut work, Dead Man Walking. Having a general distaste for his current reality, Zach aspires to escape into the science fiction and fantasy worlds that he creates. And by doing so, he aims to share this escapism with his readers (who are probably also incredibly tired of the current state of things). Zach was raised by an anthropomorphic ostrich and is a seasoned time traveler. Coincidentally, he also enjoys making up utter nonsense about himself. Currently, Adams lives in Alaska with his cat Gamora (who he does not plan to sacrifice on Vormir).

Twenty-three-year-old Isaac Falcone never expected for his life to turn out like this.

The library assistant awakes one day to find that everyone around him is acting very odd. Things seem completely different, somehow…but Isaac has no idea why.

Completely clueless, Isaac stumbles upon a page from a mysterious book in the library. However, little does he realize that this book is full of magic. And he also doesn’t realize that his life is about to change.

Shortly after finding this page, Isaac is attacked by a swarm of the undead, only to be saved by an enigmatic and eccentric stranger who calls himself an elf and wields unimaginable power. This stranger begins to appear whenever Isaac’s life is in danger…which happens to be quite often.

Suddenly, Isaac is thrust into a fearsome world of vampires, monsters, and gangsters. His life twists and turns in directions he never dreamed, with him eventually being framed for mass murder. But there is something sinister that lurks just beyond, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

Will Isaac be able to navigate through the new problems in his life, all while trying to save reality as he know it? Or will he be overtaken by the evil that so desperately wants to catch him in its grasp? Find out in the epic mysterious fantasy novel, “Dead Man Walking”.

Author Zach Adams offers a brilliant and fast-paced story that will have readers hanging onto every word, enthralled by the mystery and adventure on every page.

Romelia:   WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE AN ACTIVIST, AND WHAT KIND?

Zach Adams:   Chloe Falcone strikes me as the kind of person that would sincerely get behind any number of good causes, probably all at the same time. She’s highly intelligent, caring, upfront with her opinions, and a relentless worker.

Romelia:   DO YOU PLAY MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE – AND, IF SO, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?

Zach Adams:   I have nearly 4000 songs in one big playlist I listen to every day, but bands like the Talking Heads, Sparks, Floater, Faith No More, and Porcupine Tree were especially helpful for ‘Dead Man Walking’.

Romelia:   HAVE PETS EVER GOTTEN IN THE WAY OF YOUR WRITING?

Zach Adams:   Constantly. My cat Gamora considers it a personal offense when I’m using my phalanges to type rather than scratch her behind the ears or offer treats. I also lived with my family during part of the writing process, and they have seven very loud, chatty parrots.

Romelia:   IF YOUR BOOK WERE MADE INTO A MOVIE, WHICH ACTORS WOULD PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS?

Zach Adams:   Assuming a lot of miracles happen in this scenario; Jason Ralph – Isaac Falcone, David Tennant – L’æon, Pete Davidson – Donny Grigoryan, Chloë Grace Moretz – Chloe Falcone, Matthew Gray Gubler – Tobias Falcone, Karen Gillan – Olivia Sheridan, Tom Hardy – Alex Volkov.

Romelia:   HAVE YOU EVER KILLED OFF A CHARACTER YOUR READERS LOVED?

Zach Adams:   Not yet 🙂

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN ABOUT WRITING?

Zach Adams:   “Let the first draft suck or you’ll have nothing to edit later”.

Romelia:   WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE WRITING SKILLS?

Zach Adams:   Practice is an obvious one, and read everything. Accepting influence from other forms of fiction besides books can be helpful too – I found myself thinking about Marvel movies and Kingdom Hearts games as much as ‘the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ or ‘the Dresden Files’.

Romelia:   WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO HELP OTHERS CREATE PLOTLINES?

Zach Adams:   Check out Dan Harmon’s Story Circle and Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat!” books

Romelia:   WHAT HAS HELPED OR HINDERED YOU MOST WHEn WRITING A BOOK?

Zach Adams:   My single biggest hindrance is myself. Some days I can finish a chapter or two easily, other days I stay in bed binging ‘Star Trek’ and tell people it’s homework.

Romelia:   DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU? OR BOTH?

Zach Adams:   Both. The people I made up rarely like to cooperate with me.

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE BEST MONEY YOU’VE EVER SPENT WITH REGARD TO YOUR WRITING?

Zach Adams:   There are writers with money?

Romelia:   WHAT ARE COMMON TRAPS FOR NEW AUTHORS?

Zach Adams:   All of it, the whole job is a trap. In order to remind myself every time I get to work, the background on my laptop is a photo of Admiral Ackbar saying “It’s a trap!”

Romelia:   HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?

Zach Adams:   It varies. On a good day, I start around 9 or 10 AM and forget to stop until around 5 or 6 PM when my eyes burn and my stomach is furious. Other days, see answer #9

Romelia:   WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS OR WEBSITES FOR WRITERS?

Zach Adams:   Reedsy has a lot of good information and helpful resources. Fiverr is fantastic for finding quality services (cover art, for example) on a limited budget.

Romelia:   AT WHAT TIME OF THE DAY DO YOU DO MOST OF YOUR WRITING?

Zach Adams:   Within 2-3 hours of waking up. If I don’t start immediately after the breakfast and hygiene portions of the morning, I probably won’t. By noon, the video games will have claimed me.

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH CHARACTER NAMES FOR YOUR STORIES?

Zach Adams:   If the character is important, I spend a lot of time on Behind the Name searching for something I like the sound of, bonus points if the meaning of the name applies to their background somehow.

Romelia:   DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN WRITING CHALLENGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA? DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY?

Zach Adams:   I rarely participate in anything social, online or otherwise, so I unfortunately don’t know of any to recommend

Romelia:   IF YOU HAD THE POWER TO CURE A DISEASE OF YOUR CHOOSING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Zach Adams:   Just the thought of this level of power seems like too much pressure and I feel anxiety building while I think of an answer.

Romelia:   WHEN YOU’RE WRITING AN EMOTIONAL OR DIFFICULT SCENE, HOW DO YOU SET THE MOOD?

Zach Adams:   I have a list of ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘The Magicians’ episodes that are always upsetting, and more sad songs than I could list, to get in the right frame of mind. If that doesn’t work, I just let my mind wander for a while. Sooner or later, I’ll depress myself.

Romelia:   WHOM DO YOU TRUST FOR OBJECTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR WORK?

Zach Adams:   A handful of friends which probably aren’t figments of my imagination for basic notes before I send it to a stranger (or several) for serious evaluation

Romelia:   WHAT BOOKS DO YOU ENJOY READING?

Zach Adams:   Almost any fantasy, science fiction, horror, or comics. Wikipedia articles, the lyrics to whatever I’m listening to, or even the back of a cereal box if I get really bored

Romelia:   ARE THERE ANY BOOKS OR AUTHORS THAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?

Zach Adams:   ‘Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets’ started it all for me, but it was ‘the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘the Dresden Files’ that really made me want to make something of my own.

Romelia:   NAME AN UNDERAPPRECIATED NOVEL THAT YOU LOVE.

Zach Adams:   ‘The Wheel of Time’ series by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson is a great fantasy world that I rarely heard mentioned until the Amazon adaptation was announced (Which I’m excited to watch). Sanderson’s ‘Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians’ series was another one I had a lot of fun reading as a young sapien that didn’t seem to get much attention.

Romelia:   TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Zach Adams:   “I recently went to an organic clothing store. Their slogan was ‘Skin Sells’” – A joke I told during the stand-up comedy open mic phase of my early 20’s.

Romelia:   DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Zach Adams:   I am an amateur time traveler, incessant space invader, and avid collector of dust. For the first few years of my existence I was raised by a talking ostrich named Philip. My least favorite thing about the world is capitalism, but that rant would take more than a few sentences.

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