Thank you for reading TOOTH AND NAIL! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
My next novel is almost complete and is more of a character study than TOOTH AND NAIL. What I mean by character study is the reader is going to really get in these people's heads and learn about how they cope with and survive the apocalypse. It also has a very interesting twist on the standard zombie that I think even jaded fans will find very entertaining. I can't give details right now but the best way to describe it generally is THE ROAD meets 28 DAYS LATER (but with a more hopeful ending than THE ROAD). I'm going all out on this next one. It's going to have more horror, more action, more monsters, higher stakes, characters you care about even more deeply.
I hope it comes out soon Craig. The books I've read recently are total drivel! While I admire authors for having the courage to put their books in print, there are some that just should NOT! You Craig, are one of those who should (and can) write...and you should do it often for those of us who adore your writing!
Thank you, Liz! You are very kind and I appreciate your support!
The big publishers missed the boat on the zombie apocalypse genre and while they are playing catchup it is still a very democratic field with lots of room for new authors. The upside is a lot of new authors can enter the field very easily and make a name for themselves, as I am trying to do. The downside is you get a lot of bad with the good!
Between running my business and helping with raising our toddler, I am nearing completion on my next book. I'll let you know when it's picked up by a publisher!
P.S. What's the best book in the genre you've read since Tooth and Nail? I'm always on the lookout for good stuff!
I've been steering away from the genre of late - in part because I felt I needed to read less and live more, and also because most of what I have read after your book was sub-par. Here is a list of books that I personally thought were very good to excellent:
David Moody for Autumn and for just about everything else he's written. Kim Paffenroth for Dying to Live series Joseph Talluto for White Flag of the Dead George Willis for Midnight Walk Anthology (and his story, Measure of a Man) Carrie Ryan for The Forest of Hands and Teeth and sequels Bonnie Dee for After the End Conrad Williams for One And my personal favorite, After Life by Jaron Lee Knuth (Jaron just doesn't know how good he is...he could probably use some feedback from other authors).
I am really looking forward to more quality writing...so hurry up and get that book published!
Hi Elizabeth, I've read all of these except for White Flag, After the End, Forest of Hands and Teeth and After Life. I have White Flag and After The End and will be reading them soon ... David Moody and Conrad Williams are by far my favorite authors. David Moody will be reviewing Tooth and Nail shortly and I can't wait because I basically consider him the George Romero of zombie fiction.
I'd never heard of After Life--I will have to pick that one up on your recommendation! It's one of the things I love about Kindle, how you can pick up books and try them out cheaply and without any environmental guilt.
You ever think about writing one yourself? As I pointed out, the field is pretty democratic and welcoming to new authors, although as the big publishers realize their mistake and do more to cover this genre, I suspect the field will become more restrictive to newcomers. You seem to know what makes a good zombie novel and you're obviously passionate about the genre...
By the way, you should note that there are some interesting titles coming down the road. George Romero's The Living Dead: The Beginning, Briane Keene's The Last Zombie, Joe McKinney's Apocalypse of the Dead. Take heart!
Great that you're getting Dave to review your book. After many years, his books are now going big time. I am so happy for him! When the re-released Autumn series comes out, I will be buying the British version though. I felt Hater and Dog Blood lost something in the "translation".
I just checked on Jaron's book After Life and see that that the nut head (written very affectionately) has lowered his price to $.89! Please do read and review it...he is a very good writer, but lacks confidence. Getting a good review from you would be great, and I would consider it a wonderful favor. For many reasons, I am championing this young man (without his request). His books speak to me!
I have thought about writing my own book (have only written poetry and short stories in the past, and nothing recently) but I doubt my ability to create a book that is both originally/interestingly written AND well written. My concentration is also no what it used to be, and I have very thin skin! I think I'll leave the writing to those of you who are both talented and courageous!
Thanks for the book suggestions. I pre-ordered McKinney's book. I'm not a huge Keen fan and think I'll wait for Romero's book to come out on Kindle. In the meantime, I'm going to get caught up on enjoying what is left of summer! Hopefully, the next book I buy will be your second!
Agreed - Dave is a great guy and truly deserves the positives coming his way. He is also (like you) a hands on author. In other words, he responds to his readers and takes interest in their views and comments. I am hoping you will have a similar story Craig (although also hope it won't take you quite as long to be "famous" as it did Dave).
Thanks for buying Jaron's book...hope you like it as much as I did!
Again, please let me know when your newest comes out. I had a look at Amazon today to see if I could find something that interested me. Nope! Please email me when you're about to publish the second book - I want to be one of the first to read it! tante pie @gmail.com (minus a couple of spaces)
Mr. DiLouie: Finished Tooth and Nail this weekend...loved it. I'm a 7th grade lit teacher in Alabama, and will pass on the book to a (select) few of my kids. Looking forward to the next one.... Neal G.
Thanks, Neal! I hope you'll take a moment and leave a review at the product page here: Tooth And Nail. My next book, The Infection, is coming out from Permuted Press in early 2011. You can learn more here (the book starts with a teacher): InfectedNation.com.
Posted a review...also had a quick question. At the research lab, in the lobby, the "beautiful blonde woman" is recognized by the soldiers as an actress from a show with "robots"...were you picturing the actress from Battlestar Gallactica in your head? Just curious... Looking forward to The Infected...if the teacher gets ripped to shreds, it will be a good sell to my students.
Haha, the beautiful blonde is the leader of the mob in the lobby and apparently a famous actress. She is not literally supposed to be the actress who played "Six" from BSG but one could easily imagine that is is her.
I am loving Tooth and Nail! As a current member of the military I have to comment on the feel of authenticity that this book gives you regarding the interactions and dialoge of the military members. Did the author serve in the military? This is an area where most other books fall short (as far as thier military demographic readership goes). This book has the feel of being written by an insider which is a much needed breath of fresh air in the apocalypse genre. My compliments. I look forward to more from this author.
Hi M. Shirar, thank you for your comments (and your service), I'm glad you're enjoying the read. I have not served in the military, but made a commitment to portraying the military response to the zombie apocalypse as realistically as possible, so I did a lot of research to try to get it right. A friend who is a veteran of the 101 Airborne also vetted it to help make sure the details were as accurate as possible. When you're finished with the novel, I hope you will take a moment and leave a review at the Amazon.com book page here: Tooth And Nail. Thanks again!
Love this book! Has the same kind of feel (to me) as "Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara meets "Day by Day Armageddon" by Bourne. I've read your newer works too (The Infection and The Killing Floor) and thought they were great reads as well - but "Tooth and Nail" really takes the lead by a long. I hope in future books you touch back with "Tooth and Nails" writing style and military emphasis. Regardless, I will be reading it. Keep up the great work!