Zombie Author Joe Talluto

 Zombie Author Joe Talluto

Joe Talluto is the author of the White Flag of the Dead  series, published by Severed Press

White Flag of the Dead
Book 1:Surrender of the Living
Book 2: Taking it Back
Book 3: America the Dead
Book 4: United States of the Dead
Book 5: Dead Surge
Book 6: Last Stand of the Dead
A related series kicks off with:
Generation Dead: The Becoming
The second book in the Generation Dead series is set to be finished by April, 2013. 

About Joe Talluto

Joe Talluto lives in the Chicago area with his wife Jodie and their children.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1991.  Mr. Talluto was a teacher and administrator for ten years before writing his first novel. His served as principal of a middle school in East Aurora, and principal at Whittier School in Blue Island, Illinois.

White Flag of the Dead was first self-published, then later picked up by Severed Press.  Severed Press is handling the final books in the White Flag series, as well as the Generation Dead books. Visit the White Flag of the Dead blog to keep up with Talluto's writing progress and latest ventures. 


There's a nice snippet of a story called "Zombie Wars" on the blog, too.

Talluto says that he always strives to create characters who have dialogue and connections that are as real as possible. As  he was creating the series, he says:
"I tried to make the banter between characters seem as real as possible. I try to think about what real people would say in the situations the characters find themselves in and add it in.  I also try to make sure I am consistent with my characters' personalities."

He never expected to become a zombie author. In his words "I really never set out to be one.  It just sort of happened."

What Makes Joe Talluto Unique?

Joe Talluto has a unique ability to give his characters life beyond the pages of his books.

One of the key characters in the White Flag books, John Talon, has his own FaceBook page. It's a remarkably active page, for a fictional character.  Status updates, family members, and profile information are all in line with events from the stories.

This same character, John Talon, sometimes "writes" posts on Talluto's blog. So do some of Talluto's other characters.

This, it seems, goes back to Talluto's commitment to develop characters who match with ordinary life and have the ring of authenticity.
 "Perhaps not everyone can relate to John Talon or Charlie James, but Tommy Carte and Duncan Fries are much more ordinary and easily connected to.  I tried to introduce female characters that were strong and independent, and give women someone to relate as well.  Sarah is an all around type of person, the kind of strong woman that would only settle for someone like John.  
In addition, I tried to make the banter between characters seem as real as possible. I try to think about what real people would say in the situations the characters find themselves in and add it in.  I also try to make sure I am consistent with my characters' personalities.  Over the course of the series, the characters have developed as the story goes on, giving them a depth I hadn't dreamed of when I started the first book."
Depth, yes. Not only in the novels, but also beyond them. The web interactions simply extend the life of the characters beyond the boundaries of the books.

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