Ask the Author: Seb Jenkins
What would you like readers to know about you?
My name is Seb Jenkins, and I’m a 22-year-old author from England. I mainly lean towards the genres of horror, thriller, and crime, but I’m always trying to expand and push myself with new stuff and have recently given poetry and YA teen fiction a go 🙂
What is the Life After Death series about for those who haven’t read it?
For those who haven’t read it, the Life After Death series is a zombie survival story with a twist. It follows the lives of those left behind after the plague, and their bitter journey to find something still worth living for. I wanted to emphasize characters over pointless gore and show how real people would cope with such a dire situation. Our main character Max Dalton is down on his luck, jobless, friendless, relationshipless. He has little to live for before the apocalypse and he is sure he has nothing to live for after it… that is until he meets the loud-mouthed teenager Lizzie.
What has been your inspiration for writing the Life After Death series?
My inspiration for Life After Death doesn’t come from one place. It comes from years of reading zombie novels as a kid, as well as watching TV shows and films. What bothered me was the lack of strong storylines and character development in a lot of these zombie stories, so I wanted to combine adventure, thriller, and zombie into one book. The inspiration was really to write something that 13-year-old me would have loved.
What was your favorite scene or part of the Life After Death series to write?
My favourite Life After Death scenes to write are the plot twists, of which there are plenty. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is something extremely enjoyable about writing a scene while thinking ‘they will never see this coming!’
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
In terms of books and authors that inspired me, I would have to look back to my childhood, as that’s where my love of books stemmed from. The likes of Harry Potter, Darren Shan, Cherub, Alex Rider, and loads of other young adult fiction captivated me from a young age.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
To any aspiring writers now, I would say just go for it! But don’t look for a gap in the market, look for a gap in your shelf. Write something that you would love to read yourself and that you haven’t read before. If it’s something you would enjoy, the chances are plenty of others would too!