Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m H. L. Wampler. I live in Pittsburgh, Pa with my husband and twin sons. I write full time and work part time in the emergency department of a major hospital.
I’ve written too many books too count, one of those finally trade published, another coming out in February 2014, and a few more later in 2014.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Last Alive.
I’m from Pittsburgh. We are zombie central. Before transferring from my unit to the Ed I was inspired by something, I’m not sure what but something. The Last Alive was born from that while I sat at my desk. I spent days with my nose stuck to my computer creating my zombies and hours talking to neurosurgeons trying to perfect my virus. Added lots of gore and some romance and got what is out today.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can’t write when it’s quiet. It has to be noisy.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Oh there are so many. I don’t think I have enough space to list them all here now. A few of my favorites, though, are Gail Carriger, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King, Harper Lee, Jack London, Margaret Mitchell, J. D. Sallinger, and John Steinbeck.
What are you working on now?
I actually just submitted a novella yesterday. So fingers crossed.
There are a few I’m editing. I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo in a few days. I’m going to try my hand at my first ever Chick lit. That should be exciting. I have a paranormal fantasy I’ve been working on for a few months, and my second historical fiction is in the works. So I’ve been a busy gal.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My best method? I have no idea. I’m still learning. I do use my social media (Facebook and Twitter), my blog, Goodreads, book bloggers, and whatever other sites I find that promote authors.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Even though you’ve finished one book, keep writing. Don’t stop.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep writing. And don’t take rejection personally. Not everyone is going to love what you write. You have to have tough skin to make it in this world.
What are you reading now?
Scandalous by H. M. Ward
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully more published books.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Who has a favorite? I have so many books that I read over and over…there are no favorites.