Saturday, 5 April 2014

Blog Tour: Zom - B Mission by Darren Shan

Today I am excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Zom - B Mission, the seventh book in the Zom - B series. I am also the final stop on this blog tour, so make sure to stop by the previous tour stops and see what they have for you.

For my stop I have two exciting things for you, first of all I have a guest post from Darren himself about 'A Day in the Life of Darren Shan', I also have a giveaway for one person to win the entire Zom -B series so far, so keep reading after Darren's post to enter the giveaway.

But before we get to Darren's guest post, lets take a look at the book and learn some more about it.

Title: Zom - B Mission
Author: Darren Shan
Genre: Horror
Series: Zom - B #7
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
Publication Date: 27th March 2014

Tell Me About It
What has happened to the world since the dead took over? Where have the humans gone to hide? Who do the living most have to fear? B Smith is heading for unknown territory...Leading a group of humans through London and out into zombie-infested suburbs sounds like suicide - but not for the undead! Even so, the horrors of the journey will be beyond anything B has yet seen ...'Do not underestimate the dangers of this mission. Other zombies will not ignore you when they catch the scent of fresh brains. You will almost surely be called upon to fight. The city and countryside are full of angry, bitter people who are trying to execute as many of the undead as they can. They will not distinguish between a revitalised and a revived. Most do not know there is a difference. And most would not care.'

A Hard Days Write

I'm not a naturally early riser. For most of my writing life I've been getting up about 08.30. But my wife is expecting a baby later this year, so I've been trying to gradually adjust that, in preparation for the new arrival -- at the moment I'm down to about 08.00 most days!

I potter about for half an hour or more when I awake, letting my brain slowly crank up. I'll do some errands - maybe take out the rubbish or stack some books - and perhaps read some articles in the National Geographic. Then I fire up my computer and get to work.

If I'm working on a first draft of a book, I set myself a goal of 10 pages (3,000 words) per day. After checking my emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc, I'll get stuck into the writing, and fire through the first 5 pages, pausing every so often for another check of emails, FB and Twitter. Writing is a lonely profession, so I like to stay socially connected through the internet, as it makes the days feel less isolated. Of course sometimes I spend a little too long surfing the net, and then I have to cut myself off, or nothing of value will get done.

I usually have a rough idea of what the scenes I'm going to work on will be about, but every day is an exploration of uncharted territories. I try not to think too much about my stories when I'm not at my PC, as I can start to obsess and worry if I do. Instead I just turn up, crack my knuckles, and see where the story leads me. Some days it goes exactly the way I expected. Other days I find my characters saying and doing things I'd never anticipated. A supposedly short scene might stretch out and become the work of 2 or 3 days. A scene that I thought would last for ages might end up as a few paragraphs. The story is always king. When a book is really working, a writer merely follows along, rather than dictates what is happening.

I break for lunch around midday and watch an episode of a TV show, usually 45 minutes or thereabouts. Most days I'll have either cereal or egg sandwiches. This will be my first meal of the day -- I never feel hungry when I first get up, so I don't bother with breakfast. I'll maybe do a bit more pottering around after that, before returning to my computer to do another 5 pages. When I was first getting into the 10-pages-a-day groove years ago, I was very strict about exactly hitting the 10 page mark every day. Now I'm a bit more lenient. Some days I write 8 or 9 pages, other days 11 or 12. As long as I'm coming in or around the 50 page mark at the end of the week, I'm happy. But I try not to come in under my mark too often -- the more I procrastinate, the more work I have ahead of me further down the road.

After checking emails, FB and Twitter again, I'll normally go for a walk outdoors if the weather is good, or else go for a jog on my treadmill later, after dinner. I'll eat dinner while watching a movie -- I watch a movie pretty much every day when I'm at home and working. I watch every type of movie going -- I love the variety of the film world. Later on I'll read or reply to fan mail, maybe do a little more web work. Then I'll watch a TV show or two with my wife as I slowly wind down at the end of the day. In the past I'd head for bed about midnight, but these days I'm trying to go up a bit earlier, not long after 11pm.

On days when I'm editing a book, my routine is much the same as above, only I'll get through a lot more pages usually, since it normally is quicker to edit a book than write a first draft. Then of course there are the tour days, when I'm off promoting my work around the world -- but that's a story for another day.

About Darren
Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series.

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Thank you Darren for letting us look at a day in your life. Now to celebrate this new release I have a giveaway for the ENTIRE set of Zom - B books so far in this series. This is a UK giveaway only, so make sure you live in the UK or have a UK postal address where the books can be sent to you.
  • This is a UK giveaway only
  • Giveaway will fun for two weeks and will end on 19th April 2014
  • Make sure to read and follow my giveaway policies before entering

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Darren Shan is appearing at Cambridge Literary Festival on Saturday 5th April at 4pm. The Festival runs 1st-6th April, for the full programme visit
Tickets:, 01223 300085, or in person at ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS

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