Half-a-dozen Q’s with Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is an Australian writer, currently residing in Newcastle, whose apocalyptic zombie series is slowly edging its way across the globe (I was going to say 'going viral', but... no). This very morning, Mark was kind enough to take the Aurealis Blog half-a-dozen Q's challenge. Gold ensued: b7448e_8216a454aa10436dba2d580fd1a41dad.jpg_srz_243_348_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzDescribe your books in seven words or less. "You'll wish they were just zombies." Was Desolation Boulevard always intended to be the start of a series? What prompted/ inspired you to add Diamond Creek Dogs? I didn't know where I was heading when I began Desolation Boulevard, but I wanted to create a world where anything was possible. By turning almost everyone on the planet into bloodthirsty mutants, I created an environment where my characters had free reign and would need to prove themselves or die. I didn't know if there was to be a sequel when I started, but I realised that the first book was really only the beginning of Matt and Sally's journey. In Diamond Creek Dogs, they are forced into more threatening situations and their relationships become more complicated.

What the most enjoyable part of the writing process? What was the least enjoyable part?

The most enjoyable part of writing – especially in a series like this one – is that you get to play god. There are some pretty far-fetched ideas in both books, but that’s the joy of working in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre. The hardest part is actually sitting down each day, without interruption, and churning out the words. Writing is like digging ditches. Having written something that doesn’t make you puke when you read it back, though, is a great feeling.

Which of your characters would you most like to share a drink/ dinner with? Why?b7448e_c307a89787ad409db94772779ee10d4b.jpg_srz_243_348_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz

Most of the main characters have really good qualities. Matt is a family-loving farm boy who is really down to earth. Sally is a bookish, independent young woman, who is resourceful and logical. The person I’d probably enjoy hanging with the most, however, would be Dylan. He’s a bit of a rebel and doesn’t care too much if he offends people. When Sally first meets him, he’s sitting in a deserted bar drinking by himself, after exterminating mutant ‘feeders’. My kind of hero.

If there was a zombie apocalypse, what would your strategy be? Hiding places? Weapons? Overall friendliness to others?

I think I’d be pretty useless in a zombie apocalypse. My only hope would be logic and intelligence. I would probably try to get away somewhere isolated and do the whole self-suffiency thing (badly). I don’t think I’d be a warrior like Dylan. Weapons? Guns, and as many as possible. I don’t think I’d be like those Walking Dead people smashing heads with baseball bats and getting covered in blood and gore. Why don’t they get infected from all that blood, by the way?

Where can people pick up either DB or DCD?

Both books are available at Amazon, Kindle and Smashwords. Diamond Creek Dogs will be available on iTunes in the next week or two. Here are the links:




You can also find Mark on Facebook, Tumblr (GREAT BLOG!), or at his website.

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