special guest is Ben Mariner. He’s
chatting with me about his post-apocalyptic humor book, Apocalypse Wow.
virtual book tour, Ben will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s
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is the author of Apocalypse Wow as
well as The Many Lives of Zane Montgomery,
which definitely sold some copies to some people. He currently lives in Denver
with his wife and animals. He enjoys mozzarella sticks, dunk tanks at
carnivals, and solving crime with his psychic powers and best friend/sidekick.
Welcome, Ben. Please share a little bit
about your current release.
Apocalypse Wow is about a
30-something guy who’s life is going nowhere. One day he meets the girl of his
dreams and falls completely bum over noggin almost immediately. The two go on
the perfect date, and then he wakes up to find out that a week has passed since
the date and the world has ended in the interim. Thinking pretty much only
himself, Jack sets off on a cross country road trip with his friends to find
the love of his life.
What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t really remember where the idea for this book came from. It happened
sometime in high school which was, sadly, over a decade ago. The idea just kept
coming back to me over and over again, so eventually I just sat down and got it
all down on paper.
Excerpt from Apocalypse Wow:
the middle of the merry-go-round as the metal saucer twirled slowly around. His
clothes were filthy, and the hair that stuck out the bottom of his tin foil hat
was matted and disgusting. In his hands he held a piece of cardboard that was
about three feet by three feet with black writing that read: THE END IS NEAR.
For some reason, I couldn’t help but stand and watch the man slowly rotate over
and over again, reading the sign each time it came around. I found myself
wondering three things. First, why was he standing in that abandoned park
instead of on a street corner that people other than me frequented, so that he
may spread his message? I would think that everyone would like to know that the end – whatever that entailed – was
near. Second, why do all homeless doomsday prophets have to be so vague? Don’t
they think we’d like a more exact date on when the end would occur? A time, a
day…something? And third, just how in the hell does a homeless guy afford
markers to make a sign anyway?
universe figure themselves out and continued on my way to work. After all, the
only apocalypse I cared about was the PlayStation game of the same name
starring none other than the incomparable Bruce Willis. Man, that guy rocked my
world with his unrelenting machismo. By the way, I’m not gay. I just thought
I’d clear that up. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
What exciting story are you working on
Up next is the follow up to Apocalypse
Wow. It takes place a year after the events of the first book and everyone
is hot on the search for Jack Winters. I’m really excited about it because I
feel like it adds a lot of depth to the first book and, hopefully, readers will
enjoy it even more.
When did you first consider yourself a
depends on what you consider a ‘writer’ to be. If it’s someone who has sold at
least one copy of something they’ve written, then I’d say a few years ago. If
it’s someone who has written stories on a regular basis that other people have
read, then I’d say roughly high school.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
Sadly, I can’t afford to write full time right now. During the day I work in
the IT department of a major satellite television provider. Nothing major.
What would you say is your interesting
I don’t know if I do anything that’s really all that interesting. I just like
to sit down and zero in. No distractions. I put on some music just to keep
other outside noise drowned out. Oh, and I also like to have sit in a bathtub
full of rainbow Nerds. I think that’s pretty much par for the course with
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Green Power Ranger. That dude was legit. Especially after he turned into the
White Ranger. Though I never understood why his helmet looked like a tiger but
his zord was a falcon.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I just want people to read and enjoy Apocalypse
Wow. I don’t care about becoming some millionaire famous author who has
every book turned into a movie. I just want people to pick up a book I’ve
written and think it’s good enough to recommend to someone else. Hopefully I’ve
accomplished that, and I wish everyone happy reading!