Let's get to know Jeff Thomson! Author of "Brothers of Darkness and Light" and "Tales of the Aerocorp", we're super stocked to have Jeff contributing to MIXTAPE ONE with his brilliant short story "Zombies? Meh."
What is your favourite comfort food?
What's your all time favourite short story, and why? That would be Damon Knight's "To Serve Man." In which aliens come to earth, not to serve mankind, but to serve them up as meals. Ironic.
Do you brush your teeth in the shower? NO
Who are the three authors who have inspired you the most? Michael Moorcock, H P Lovecraft, Robert Heinlein.
Have you released any writing before? Tell us about it, and where can we read it.
I've written two books. One is an epic fantasy; "Brothers of Darkness and Light." The other is a Steampunk adventure; "Tales of the Aerocorp: The Ray of Doom." Both can be obtained by contacting me via Facebook or my Wix page. https://www.facebook.com/BrothersDarkLight/ https://www.facebook.com/TalesAerocorp/
What does your writing space look like?
Just an old table with the laptop.
You're about to sit and write for the day - but first, you need to get a drink. What's your beverage of choice? Water. I don't drink much, especially when I'm working.
Tell us about your home city. I live in Newcastle, NSW. It was established in the early 1800's as coal was found. It became a busy coal port, and had many steelworks, most of which are sadly gone. It has numerous beautiful beaches, and isn't far from the wineries in the Hunter Valley.
What do you love about writing? I like to be absorbed in the character's actions and feelings. The ability to create worlds isn't too bad either.
Usually a brand has a kind of personality about it, and you know what you're messing with when you associate with that brand. Up & Up is interesting, because it is brand new and doesn't really have an established personality yet. How do you feel about it? What do you make of all this?
I think it's a great idea. Being a musician myself, I can relate to the idea of independent authors coming together and doing it themselves like the punks did.
Our motto at Up & Up is "The indie punk label of publishing for the garage bands of writing." What do you make of that? I like it. It has a sense of rebellion.
What are your hobbies?
Music, reading, computer games.
What are your long-term writing plans?
To entertain people.
What question do you wish I'd asked you?
How long did it take you to complete your first book?