October 16, 2014

DEAD NEW WORLD by Ryan Hill Blog Tour {Interview/Giveaway}

 When the the leader of a powerful cult kidnaps the woman Holt loves, he teams up with his best friend to save her from a fate worse than death.

Fans of Jonathan Maberry's ROT & RUIN and AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead will devour Hill's action ­packed take on the Zombie genre. DEAD NEW WORLD is now available at Amazon and Curiosity Quills. Get to know more about Ryan in this exclusive letter to readers


Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive. 

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult - known only as Reverend - becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

  1. What would you be doing right now if you were not an author?

Interesting question. Most likely, I’d be wishing I was an author, while working some soulless corporate job. Or maybe without the outlet writing provides, I moonlight as a drug dealer or bank robber to lead a more fulfilling life. Hard to say, really, since I’ve wanted to be an author as far back as I can remember. Maybe a race car driver. So many options.

  1. 5 years ago: what were you doing?

In 2009 I had just moved to Charlotte, NC to work another in a long line of soul-sucking corporate jobs. I was also wishing I was an author.

  1. Do you have a certain writing ritual?

Not really. I prefer to write away from home, like, say, at Panera, Starbucks, by a lake, or at night using only the moon as light. And the light coming from my screen, but that ruins the ambiance. I can write at home as well, during the day, during the night, whenever the mood strikes me. Wait, do you mean like do I perform some kind of Hare Krishna ritual before writing to boost my mojo? Because if that’s the case… no, I don’t do that.

  1. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

The toughest? Hmm. Nobody has ever told me I suck or that my writing was so awful they doused their eyes with acid so they’d never have to read something so terrible ever again, which is good. The toughest part about criticism is learning how to take it. Once you figure out how to take criticism, you can recognize when it’s constructive, and when it’s someone just being a turd. It’s an important distinction to make. Other than that, nobody has ever really said anything that I haven’t said to myself at some point or another.

  1. Is there an author you'd like to meet?

Christopher Moore - and I got to meet him back in May? Other than that… JK Rowling. So I can kidnap her and refuse to release her until she writes more books within the world of Harry Potter. You know, go all Misery on her.

  1. Biggest writing pet peeve?

TIME. It takes so. freakin. long. to write a manuscript. It takes even longer to edit. So, if you’re not passionate about your story, it can be a terrible slog to get through. The time also leaves plenty of room for anxiety to creep into your mind, telling you this story stinks, you should just quit, you’re better off just getting drunk and watching Arrested Development, etc. Writers, myself included, can be an awfully anxious bunch.

  1. Do you read other's reviews of your books?

I do, at least right now. I don’t get enough to where I can ignore them (I’m trying to get more reviews), so each one is pretty important in regards to helping out with exposure. Obviously, I love the good reviews. Those who write them clearly know a thing or two about good writing. The bad reviews don’t bother me. I laugh at them mostly.

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.

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Keep up with the tour by stopping by one of these fabulous sites:
Oct 13th: Buy Zombie
Oct 13th: LuLo Fangirl
Oct 14th: I Smell Sheep
Oct 16th: I Read Indie
Oct 16th: Romance Junkies
Oct 19th: Horror Tree
Oct 24th: Wicked Lil Pixie
Oct 29th: Bea's Book Nook

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