Joshua C. Chadd, Author Spotlight

How far would you go to save the ones you love?

Two brothers learn of the apocalypse after being out of touch for a few days. Returning to town, they learn first-hand, the dead are coming back to life with a taste for flesh. With their parents in Nebraska, they must embark on a journey to rescue them as they set into motion their zombie apocalypse plan. But they’ll see not all is fun and games as they realize it is nothing like they imagined it would be.
Can they make it in time to save their parents from a fate worse than death?

Emmett Wolfe has been preparing for this day for years, but still, cannot believe it is happening. An infection unlike any other has begun to spread across America and the world as he knows it is coming to an end. He must rescue his daughter and ex-wife and transport them to a safe location.
But at the end of the world, nowhere is safe anymore.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Joshua Chadd whose book Outbreak thrilled from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love dystopia and science fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Joshua Chadd, a biography of the author and an interview between us both will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Joshua Chadd!

Joshua is a Jesus Freak and follower of the Way. As an adventurous nerd, he loves the outdoors and when he’s not found high in the mountains of Alaska, he can be observed living on the rolling plains of eastern Montana with his wife, guns and two katanas. He has a passion for all things imaginary and finds inspiration in the wilderness, away from all the distractions of life. Some of his other passions include hunting, shooting, board and video games, hard rock, movies, reading and the Walking Dead.
He has won five awards for his best-selling Brother’s Creed series!

Now, how wonderful does Joshua Chadd sound?! The author is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between us both, I hope that you enjoy the author’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself

I’m a Christian who writes zombie books. If that doesn’t make you look at the screen funny then I don’t know what will. I’m also a husband,  patriot, gun nut, hunter, and just a general outdoorsman.

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

My book, Outbreak, is the first in the Brother’s Creed series which follows two brothers as they try to survive the end of the world with their faith and humanity intact. There are five books in the series with the final one coming out soon. It has been an awesome ride writing these books! They are not anything new and fancy when it comes to the zombies, but the main characters are Christians which takes the story to an interesting level as they have to reconcile with what needs to be done to survive. My readers seem to love it, so I must be doing something right!

This series was inspired by a real life apocalypse plan my brother and I have incase SHTF. It then morphed into a standalone book that turned into the start of a series and here we are!

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

I get this question a lot and I love answering it. There is so much that I’d tell someone, but if I could only say one thing, it’d be this: Don’t worry about what the market is at the moment or what publishers want. Instead, write what you love, books that you are passionate about. I would much rather read a book written by someone who was excited about what they wrote than one by an author chasing the market.

I write what I want to write and the readers will either enjoy it or not. You’ll never find me chasing the market, unless it’s with a book I’m excited about that just happens to be what people want at that time. Otherwise, I’ll be over here enjoying the book I’m writing, even if it flops!

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

Story, story, STORY! Do you get the picture? Hahaha.

Now when I say story I don’t mean just the plot, I mean the whole story the book tells. I can stick with a book if it has grammar errors or subpar writing, but I absolutely won’t finish a book if the story isn’t there. Ted Dekker put it best, “Story is a series of events involving worth characters who change as a result of those events.”

Meaning, if you have a good story with good characters that change as the story goes on, I’m in!

What is your writing process like?

I’m a pantser. So I usually start with a concept or maybe even a full story in my head and some notes written down (maybe a brief outline if I’m feeling frisky). Then I just go for it. Once I start, I write hard and fast, I don’t edit as I go (I actually turn my spellchecker off), I don’t look back or correct anything, I just get those words on the page. If I realize later on that I missed something, I will write down a note and keep going. It’s all about momentum and once you get that going, you don’t want to stop.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

I’m lucky in that my job is seasonal, so I have multiple months in a row where I don’t have to work. It allows me to make my own schedule. But I DO have a schedule and a daily goal. I have to or I don’t take it seriously. This is not just a hobby for me, I plan to make it into a career. So what I’ll do it set a date to be done and set a daily word count. I will do my best to hit that, but if life happens, as it always does, I will get done what I can but still live my life and be present with my family.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

 I used to read a lot, but have been slacking lately with all the writing. I still try and get through a book or two a month. Right I’m really digging, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International series and Nicholas Salisbury Smith’s Hell Divers. Oh, and my good buddy R.J. Batla’s Senturians of Terraunum series.

Some of my all-time favorite authors include: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, R. A. Salvatore, Ted Dekker, Christopher Paolini, Brandon Sanderson, and Jay Posey.

When can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you? 

I LOVE this question! So I’ll be finishing up my first series (post-apocalyptic) in February then I’ll be shifting gears and starting on my fantasy trilogy I’ve been planning and world building for over a decade! That will be an awesome one. Then after that I’ll be going back to Post-apocalyptic!

As to when the next book will be out… I will have the last book in my Brother’s Creed series, Last Hope, out in February (maybe March) and then I plan to write the WHOLE fantasy trilogy before I publish it, so there may be a big break in there. BUT you will see more from me in the coming year, so stay tuned!

Lastly, what is the best way to stay in touch with you?

I have all the normal social media links but I’m most active on my Facebook page or in my Kickass Readers Guild Facebook Group. The absolutely best way is to sign up for my newsletter as you’ll then get exclusive first looks at my covers, sales, giveaways, and other fun stuff. ALSO you’ll get the free prequel ebook to my Brother’s Creed series when you sigh up. So that’s a win-win for both of us! Thanks for having me Aimee! I hope to be back here again with another interview when my next series is out!

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Joshua Chadd! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more about Joshua Chadd, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Joshua C. Chadd: Website – Facebook – BookBub – Instagram – Goodreads Author Page – Twitter

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