Meet the Author: Ben Mariner

Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?

My latest book, Apocalypse Wow 2: Apocalypse Wower, is the second book in a post-apocalyptic series. The series follows Jack Winters and his friends as they go on a road trip across a post-apocalyptic wasteland to find one woman, the love of Jack’s life.

In the second book, Jack is missing and his friends Barry and Mike set off in opposite directions across the world to find him before a hitman contracted to take Jack’s life can find him and finish the job.

Tell us more about your main character. What makes him or her unique?

Well, the series follows several different characters, but the story itself kind of revolves around Jack even if he isn’t actually present.

Jack’s just this guy, you know? He’s just there. Prior to the world ending, he was just a run-of-the-mill nobody who didn’t do anything special. He’s sarcastic, a little selfish, and just kind of generally entertaining to have around. What truly makes Jack special is kind of a spoiler, so readers will just have to follow along on his adventures to find out.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

I think Zandra is my favorite. She had a hard life in Africa as a child, and when the world ended, she kind of took it upon herself to steel her nerves and survive. She’s just a total badass, and even though she’s kind of a side character in AW2 (tons of Zandra will be coming in book 3, don’t worry!) she really shines through.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast?

I love this question, but I always struggle with it. I see the characters as different actors all the time. Here’s what I’ll say this time around:

Jack – Alex Solowitz

Barry – Dule Hill

Mike – James Roday

Lola – Emma Stone

Zandra – Tika Sumpter

T’Challa – Tyler James Williams

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I tried to use a lot of real life experiences and interaction when writing the AW series and that has been a lot of fun. It’s kind of like reliving great moments with friends/family and immortalizing the things I loved from the past like my first car. Oh, and there’s a crap ton of sweet 90’s references so that’s a huge bonus.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Oh yeah. Two always just straight to mind.

Christina McMullen and her Rise of the Discordant series is a blast to read. I feel like we have a pretty similar writing style/voice. She’s a great writer and the story is fantastic. I feel like anyone could get into those books.

Also, Eli Freysson and his Silent War series. These books are great fantasy fare. They kind of break away from standard fantasy tropes and tell a great story. They’re gritty and a little dark, and I love them.

What is one thing you hate about being a writer?

The questions people think it’s ok to ask when you tell them you write. Have I read anything you’ve written? How are the books selling? Blah blah blah something about Twilight/50 Shades of Grey blah blah blah?

I don’t ask you how much money you make. I don’t wonder if I’ve seen any houses you’ve sold. People just have a weird view of the writing profession, and it generates some kind of annoying questions.

However,  I do like to come up with fun answers that make them regret ever asking again.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? 

Drummer. No question. I air drum constantly. I would love every second of it.

Ben Mariner Apocolypse Wow 2 Cover.jpg

How can you discover more about Ben and his work?

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads Amazon Author Page

Book Links:

Apocalypse Wow | Apocalypse Wower | The Many Lives of Zane Montgomery



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