Genre: Horror/paranormal with Action/adventure
Publisher: William Burke
Date of Publication: June 17th 2016
Number of pages: 333
Word Count: 96,000
Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor
The forces of darkness are out to destroy mankind… Too bad they never reckoned on facing Maggie Child!
Army chopper pilot Maggie Child has a reputation for being fearless, professional and, above all, rational. But when she's shot down over Iraq her well-ordered life spirals into a paranormal nightmare. Alone, wounded and surrounded by hostile forces, Maggie is rescued from certain death by a demon straight out of Dante's Inferno. Then, barely alive, she's abducted by a private military corporation conducting insidious medical experiments. Her escape from their covert hellhole lands her on a Caribbean island where an evil voodoo spirit and a psychotic female dictator are conspiring to unleash an apocalyptic zombie plague. Then she uncovers the most terrifying secret of all—her own destiny. It seems a Voodoo oracle has ordained her the only warrior capable of saving humanity from a supernatural Armageddon … whether she wants the job or not!
But saving the world isn't a one-woman job, so she teams up with a trio of unlikely heroes—a conspiracy obsessed marijuana smuggler, a Voodoo priestess with an appetite for reality television, and a burnt out ex-mercenary. Together, they'll take on an army of the walking dead, with the fate of humanity resting in their eccentric hands.
Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising is the first novel in a new horror series packed with supernatural thrills, rousing adventure, dark humor, Voodoo lore and plenty of zombie stomping action. But a word of warning; don't shoot these zombies in the head … because that just makes them mad!
It's the legions of hell versus Maggie Child … and hell doesn't have a prayer!
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/yPfVbgm-1XY
Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising by William Burke is a fast-paced horror novel with quirky characters…Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
The author was raised on a diet of late night creature features, comic books, Mad magazines and horror stories. As a result every volume will be packed with eccentric characters, dark humor, chills, zombies, ghosts, monsters, military hardware and plenty of stuff blowing up.
Prior to writing Voodoo Child he was the creator and director of the Destination America television series Hauntings and Horrors. He has also written scripts for two Cinemax television series, Forbidden Science and Lingerie, which he also produced. He has also written magazine pieces for Fangoria and the Phantom of the Movies Videoscope among others.
William began his film and television career as a perfectly respectable video engineer at the venerable United Nations. Budget cuts shifted him to becoming a production manager and assistant director on an array of New York based indie films. With that experience under his belt he relocated to Los Angeles where he eventually produced sixteen feature films and two television series for the Playboy Entertainment Group. After years of producing T&A extravaganzas, kickboxing epics and gangster rap videos, he created a self financed television pilot entitled American Mystery Tour. Canada's CTV picked up the series under the title Creepy Canada, which was then re-titled Hauntings and Horrors in the USA. Since then he has successfully produced three series for HBO/Cinemax as well as documentaries and other … stuff.
After hundreds of hours of film and television production he is basking in the freedom of the written word, where small budgets and giant egos are only memories. He lives in Toronto.
If you enjoyed the first adventure please visit www.williamburkeauthor.com where you'll find lots of interesting information about Voodoo and military hardware, along with excerpts from Sarafina's personal diary AND, as a gift to readers, the author will be serializing a prequel novella
Author interview video: https://youtu.be/SXanlSkmHEI
I wish I could say that they just pop into my head, but that’s not the case. I usually sit for hours or days typing random sentences, thoughts and grocery lists until some concept slowly takes form.
I have the advantage of having been raised on a diet of B-Horror movies, comic books and lurid paperbacks. As a result my mind is a very strange place, and my synapses fire in non-traditional directions. That certainly helps when it comes to the horror genre.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
That’s a tough one, especially in terms of the lead character Maggie Child. One of my favorite actresses is Summer Glau, who people remember from Firefly and Terminator, the Sarah Connor Chronicles. My other personal favorite would be Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte on Game of Thrones. My runners up would be Holland Roden from the Teen Wolf series and Emma Roberts from American Horror Story.
For Sarafina I’ve always envisioned the beautiful and talented Nollywood (Nigeria) actress Genevieve Nnaji – she’s so talented and versatile.
As Lavonia I could see Lena Heady from Game of Thrones or Denise Richards. Both could bring something humorous and unique to the role.
As I was writing I always imagined Fred Ward as Uncle Rip. He’s a brilliant actor and a huge favorite of mine from films like The Right Stuff, Remo Williams-The Adventure Begins and Tremors.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
Now that I have my first novel finished and second one forming there is plenty to do when my brain vapor locks. Usually I shift to copy editing, or writing blog and promotional pieces. If I get really blocked I start planning another promotional video. Since I hate being on camera I’ll usually come up with story ideas just to avoid having to get in front of the lens. When those fail there’s always home cleaning or alcohol.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
In part it was inspired by frustration. I was working as a film and television producer as well as occasionally writing. But as years progressed it became more and more challenging to get potential projects produced or even read by broadcasters. In the same breath I was ghostwriting which offered a creative outlet. But as a ghostwriter you’re like a mistress, kind of a dirty little secret nobody wants to talk about.
So eventually I took a television concept I’d created and adapted it into a novel. Funny thing is that once I didn’t have to be concerned about special effects or budgets I wound up throwing away almost everything from the television version, except maybe Sarafina’s name. It was so liberating that I never want to go back.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The solitude. Writing is one of the loneliest pastimes imaginable. I find myself going an entire day without speaking to a living soul. It’s a very solitary discipline to develop. I think that concept of sitting for hours on end with only your own thoughts for company and getting results is one of the biggest challenges.