Out on a blog tour for his new book, The Undying Love, Greg McCabe was trapped in a what he thought was a DMV line. What he didn’t know was that the string of waiting people didn’t lead to any window with a pinched face staring out of it. When everyone else took a hidden tunnel that looped back to the entrance, Mr. McCabe kept whistling and walked straight into the isolation tank. He cooperated and answered my questions. Keep reading to find out if he escaped.
Why writing? What drew you to it? Why do you continue?
The short answer to all three would be: I enjoy it.
The long answer would be: I can’t sing, I can’t dance (unless I’ve been drinking), I can’t act, I can’t paint, I can’t sculpt. Writing fiction seems to be about the only platform of creativity where I’m somewhat proficient.
If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last? (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)
Probably books by my favorite authors that I haven’t read yet, so I would go with: The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Weaveworld by Clive Barker, The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Country of the Bad Wolfes by James Carlos Blake, and White Fang by Jack London.
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?
Being the best dad possible to my new daughter.
What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts? Why?
“It is what it is.”
I still catch myself saying it, and it drives me crazy. It has such a defeatist feel to it. Like you’re just throwing your arms up and accepting something for the sake of accepting something.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? If so, who is it and why?
I don’t really have a favorite character, but I did really enjoy creating and evolving the zombies in The Undying Love.
Creepiest place you’ve ever been? Has it appeared in your fiction? Why or Why not?
The Department of Motor Vehicles in Houston, Texas. I could never put it in my fiction, it’s far too scary.
What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?
It’s not you, it’s me.
How did you get that scar?
I liked to skateboard in high school and college. One day I busted my lip into two separate pieces and broke off half my front tooth. After paying a $400 hospital bill, my dad told me he thought I was too old to be skateboarding. I agreed.
What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith, and I’m not even really sure why.
Promote yourself and/or your writing
My first novel, The Undying Love, was just released by Sirens Call Publications. It’s about a young couple that find themselves fighting for their lives after their wedding is crashed by zombies. I’m very excited about it.
And now, a word from the publicist:
The Undying Love by Greg McCabe
For Diane and Jackson, life is just about perfect. They’re healthy, happy, and madly in love with one another. Unknown to them, a virus is sweeping across the globe that instantly kills the infected and turns their corpses into mindless, murdering cannibals. In short: zombies have taken over the planet.
Diane and Jackson find out about the epidemic the hard way when their wedding is crashed by friends and family who have succumbed to the virus. Now, fighting for survival, they’re faced with unthinkable decisions.
Follow their story across Southeast Texas as they meet unforgettable characters and face challenges that will put their love, and lives to the ultimate test.
About the author:
Greg McCabe is a proud Texan. He was born and raised in Midland, Texas, received a degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University, and currently resides in the Lone Star State. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Mandy, his daughter, Annabelle, and his dog, Walter, as well as traveling, sports, movies, reading, and writing. He enjoys all genres of fiction, but seems to gravitate towards horror and science fiction. The Undying Love is Greg’s first book.
Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?
I would like to thank my amazing wife, Mandy. She is a constant source of inspiration, support, and love.
Many thanks, Mr. McCabe, for your interesting answers and sparkling rendition of your chosen theme song. As for your escape, it isn’t lit by a flickering red EXIT sign. But….it is what it is. You’ll have to take this skateboard and attempt to sculpt your own left foot in clay while performing all the parts in Hamlet. Don’t worry, by the time you’ve finished, you’ll either have found your way out or be so utterly lost only the motor vehicle gnomes will know where to find you. They don’t bite…usually. But they will take your photo if you aren’t smiling.