Join me in welcoming horror author Stephen Kozeniewski to Limelight!
Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced: “causin’ ooze key”) lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s degree is in German.
1. Please tell us about your book—title, genre, and storyline. THE GHOUL ARCHIPELAGO is an extreme zombie novel about a gang of smugglers in the South Pacific who must rise to the challenge after the zombie apocalypse and save the last survivors on the American mainland.
2. Is your book a short story, novel, and/or a part of a series? This is a novel and it’s going to have to stand on its own for now, but I’ve got plans for a sidequel and an eventual sequel that will tie the stories of the first two books together. But don’t worry, there’s no cliffhanger or anything like that. You can just share and enjoy.
3. How long did it take you to write this book? Oh, gosh. Two, three years? Not non-stop. This was one of my more labor-intensive creations. I restarted at least twice. (You can probably tell from the somewhat schizophrenic narrative.)
4. Where do you find your inspirations? You know something? My aunt asked me this exact question a few days ago and I just sort of gibbered a semi-coherent dodge. I don’t really know how to answer that. THE GHOUL ARCHIPELAGO is something of a trainwreck of The Social Network, Joseph Conrad’s entire bibliography, A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and Cannibal Holocaust.
5. Are you self-published? Nope, I am proud to be published by one of the premiere horror presses in the world, Severed Press out of Hobart, Australia.
6. When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge? Drink Old Crow. I know that’s probably a surprise coming from the author of BRAINEATER JONES, but there it is.
7. Do you read books within the genre you write? Absolutely. And I’ve met a ton of great horror authors, too. What an incredible community. I’ve seen nothing else like it in the literary world.
8. How much time do you put towards promoting yourself and your book? Good Lord, quite a bit. Probably a few hours a day. I certainly spend more time marketing than writing, which is a bit disheartening, but it’s just part of the game, I suppose.
9. How exactly do you promote your work? Well, I like to seek out lovely blogs like Sea-Anan Empire who are willing to host me and try to get my name out there. I can’t really control who buys my books, but I can to some extent drive reviews by requesting them from professional and amateur reviewers. And I can always be not-a-dick when someone reaches out to me on Twitter or Facebook. So, I’m hoping with good word of mouth, a little bit of exposure, and interacting positively with those who approach me on social media I can start to develop a good name for myself and drive sales that way.
10. Do you have any advice for those dreaming about becoming an author? Two words for you: registered nurse. You ever meet an RN who was out of work? No. Because there’s no such thing.
To learn more about or contact Stephen Kozeniewski, go to: