Zombie Author Patrick Williams

Zombie Author Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams and his brother Chris Williams are the authors of the zombie novel:

Dead Meat 

The sequel Dead Meat: The Remaining  will be published in 2014.

A third book is planned to complete the trilogy. 

The zombie novel began as a serial blog, and was later revised and published as a complete novel. Find out more of the history at the Dead Meat Novel website

About Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children.   He describes his wife and children as "wonderful, smart, creative, and entertaining." Mr. and Mrs. Williams have an active family life. They enjoy attending his children's sporting events and activities, and supporting their local community. Williams also teaches literature at a community college. He has an interest in Anglo-Saxon poetry, including "Milton and the Romantics-- particularly Blake, Shelley, Byron, and Coleridge."

Patrick Williams and his brother Chris Williams write as a team. They didn't always work in face-to-face sessions.  Because of conflicting work schedules, there were times when Patrick's work at the community college made scheduling time together very difficult. Chris did much of the drafting and organizing during the week.  Patrick did most of the writing.  The two would meet on each week on Sundays to polish and revise. They called those meetings "Dexter Sundays." That process continued during 2010. By early 2011,  Chris and Patrick would be able to work four nights out of the week. During this process, their blog and social media helped the two revise the novel multiple times. Readers gave feedback, the authors incorporated suggestions, and a new version would become available. The novel was picked up by Permuted Press, revised, and released as a complete print version in 2012.

Of his brother, Patrick says:
"We have the same interests and passion when it comes to horror, whether cinematic or literary. We grew up on this stuff as kids, and we still get together sometimes and just watch horror movies."
 Patrick Williams sees this collaboration as an ideal working relationship:
"We can often see eye to eye on topics, and Chris and I have a long history working together on web comics and other projects. Our work just flows when we put our brains together."

Interesting Fact: The book Dead Meat never once uses the word "zombies" to describe the living dead. The characters refer to them as "Bees."


What Makes Patrick  (and Chris) Williams Unique?

Aside from the fact that they are brothers writing as a team, the manner in which Chris and Patrick Williams constructed Dead Meat is unique.

From the very start, the two writers knew what the ending would be.  Everything they created revolved around that. This strongly influenced the writing process.
"When you start with the conclusion, you have to constantly keep it in mind. Certain characters have to do certain things, but since we didn’t adhere to a strict outline, we were able to let the characters evolve throughout the narrative, changing scenes and ideas to meet the characters, not changing the characters to meet the scenes and ideas."
The Williams brothers kept the ending always in sight, while trying to maintain a realistic narrative that would engage readers. Although the ending was important, it was more important to create a strong combination of action and emotion. They set out to create a great story that would move toward the defined end. 
"To us, all that mattered really were the end, the realism, and the character development. It wasn’t the gore, which is fun to write, and it wasn’t the zombies (even though we don’t even use that word in the book); we found the story, the characters, and the way everything blended together fascinating."

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