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About Javan Bonds

Javan Bonds is the Amazon Best Selling Author of the Zompoc series, Still Alive. This series includes Book One: Zombie Lake, Book Two: Zombie Island, Book Three: Zombies On A Plane, Book Four: Zombie Oasis, Book Five: Zombie River Run, and Book Six: Zombie Paradise Lost Upcoming books in the series yet to be released include titles such as, Zombie Perdition, Zombie Insurrection, Zombie Revolution, Zombie Deliverance, Zombie Tide, Zombie Bay, and Zombie Gulf ... just to name a few.
The Still Alive series follows a group of survivors in small-town Alabama trying to keep their wits about them while making a new life in a world overrun by naked, blue-skinned, yellow-eyed, nocturnal zombies that spew vile shit everywhere. Also, these former humans attempt to devour every last morsel of flesh on any uninfected as they become increasingly more intelligent and sadistic. Fun times! Think WW-Z, Zombieland, and Shaun Of The Dead, only better.
Bonds has had to overcome numerous obstacles in writing, as well as to live his daily life. Diagnosed at the age of eleven with Friedrich's Ataxia (FA), (a progressively degenerative neuromuscular disease under the umbrella of Muscular Dystrophy ), FA has slowly robbed him of his physical abilities through the years. Bonds started using a wheelchair in 1999, but that was only the beginning of his setbacks. In 2010, his sight started diminishing, to the point he is now legally blind. Now, because of his deteriorating hearing, he can't pick up individual voices in a noisy room.
In spite of all of this, he continues to work tirelessly... seven days a week on his writing. Bonds, never letting his disability rule him, has lived, loved, and laughed often. Reading and writing have long provided Bonds with both pleasure and a creative outlet. At a very young age, he began blogging and has written articles and letters for local newspapers. In 2010, he discovered a passion for writing novels. With the help of Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking, he continues to write every day.
In late 2015, at only 28 years old, Bonds was told he might have only a short time left, due to the ravages of FA on his heart. After learning that, he has been hard at work to complete his other novels and have them finished before his time in this world runs out. In mid-2016, Bonds published his first novel, FREE STATE OF DODGE, the first book in a dystopian series about America in decline and its rebirth.
Bonds hopes you enjoy the Still Alive series, with its humor, pop culture references, and excessive zombie killing action. Oh, and there is a pirate ship too. Planning to write many more installments in his Still Alive series, he is revisiting the Free State of Dodge, working on completing a saga sometime soon... as well as releasing Audible versions of most of his current works.
Javan has these words of wisdom to offer for others stricken by a life-shortening illness. "Live your life. Light your candle on both ends and let it burn. It may go out faster, but it will be brighter than some who live much longer." Keep an eye on his flame. Watch it burn!
Check out more about Javan on his Amazon Author Page

How can people get in touch with you?

Add me as a friend on my personnel Facebook page. Messages to my author page don’t pop up if we’re not friends, so they usually get by me.

What genre do you write it?

Zombie apocalypse. I’m about to release the beginning of a new series in the post-apocalyptic dystopian genre.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I’m a visually impaired, almost deaf and in a wheelchair so I don’t travel much or do crowds. The day before Labor Day, however, I did visit the Columbus ships, replica caravels of the 15th century wooden sailing vessels, down in Guntersville, Alabama. They were the original inspiration for the Viva Ancora in my series.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Neither, that I noticed. I take heart medication that slows my heart rate, so I’m going to be exhausted at some point no matter what.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

That you must be published by one of the major publishing companies. Trade publishers are obviously going to steal from you and they don’t even lie about it. Independent publishers, sometime, make it sound like they want to do what’s best for you, but are really only worried about taking half your profits.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Alcohol. Not that I’m some kind of wino, but on the rare occasion I get even slightly tipsy, I’m too busy giggling to write.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

Well it’s a series, so the connections are pretty obvious.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

At the time, it didn’t. It has taken several publications to realize how I should’ve done it differently. I learn something new every day.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A Capuchin monkey. If you know my series, you know why.

What’s the best way to market your books?

The only way I promote is through Facebook. Being blind, I can’t use Twitter or any of the other platforms. You just have to spend time in the Facebook groups directed at your genre and engage people one on one.

How many hours a day do you write?

When I’m not promoting, I’m writing. I don’t have the time to waste on friends and family. Most days, I get in 14 hours of work.

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Or do you work full time?

I was an unemployed loser before I started writing. If I didn’t write, I would still be an unemployed loser. Actually, I am, I just work.

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

I don’t have much else to give up. I already kicked nicotine, caffeine, aspartame, bleached flour. I guess I could give up my occasional milkshake... but it better be worth it, dammit!

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