Friday, October 17, 2014

INTERVIEW: First Wave (Travis Combs Thrillers Volume 1) by JT Sawyer

First Wave
Travis Combs Thrillers
Volume 1
JT Sawyer

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, zombies

Publisher: JT Sawyer


Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 57666

Cover Artist: Melody Simmons

Book Description: 

Special Forces veteran Travis Combs just wanted to forget his weary years of leading combat missions while taking an extended rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.

As he and his group complete a 22-day trip on the Colorado River, they find the world has unraveled from a deadly pandemic.

Now, he has to show his small band how to live off the land and cross the rugged Arizona desert, while evading blood-drinking zombies, gangs of cartel bikers, and a rogue government agency.

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 If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To get more superpowers! Seriously, it would be to control the weather. It would be nice to be able to end the drought in the Western U.S. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The feedback from fans on the First Wave series has been tremendous, particularly from women who have said how much they enjoyed the portrayal of the heroines in the series. The vets who have read the books have also commented on how true-to-life the characters and military tactics are so that’s good to hear as well. The bottom line is just connecting with the readers and hearing that I was able to provide a few hours of escape into our Southwestern landscape. 

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
First Wave is chock full of tough but believable characters determined to get back to home while relying on practical survival skills in the wilds of Arizona (when not getting chased by zombies or rogue agents!). 

Favorite food?
Pizza! As I jokingly tell my kids, it’s Nature’s perfect food. I absolutely crave this after coming off a long wilderness trek. 

What book are you reading now?
Cuba: Portrait of an Island. It’s all connected with research for a new post-apocalyptic novel I’m working on that will be out this winter. 

What’s your favorite season/weather?
The cusp of later summer and early fall. August to early October is that narrow window when numerous edible plants and nuts are available on the landscape. That’s when I’m out with my kids harvesting acorns, yucca fruits, mesquite pods, and other delicious staples. Plus the weather is stellar here in northern Arizona. 

What was your favorite children's book?
Good Night Moon. I read that so much with my kids that I don’t even think I have to pick up the book to recall a passage.

Beach or Pool?
I would take the beach any day. Preferably near Quepos, Costa Rica with a small fishing boat, good friends, and plenty of beachside barbecues. 

What is one book everyone should read?
Homer’s Odyssey- the ultimate survival story about overcoming adversity to get back to one’s homeland and family. I read this at least once a year and always find something new to plumb from its depths.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am finishing up the first book in a new series about a female Secret Service Agent who has to save the people around her while the world unravels from a deadly virus. I also have two non-fiction narrative books I am completing about life on the trail using primitive skills. After that I will delve back into the First Wave series and have a longer tale out about the hero Travis Combs and the world a few years after the original books. I get most of my writing done between November and April  so it will be a busy six months and then it’s back to a full platter of teaching survival courses for the rest of the year. 

Thanks for having me!
JT Sawyer

 About the Author:

JT Sawyer is the pen name for the author who makes his living teaching survival courses for the military special operations community, Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals, FAA, and other federal agencies throughout the US.

He has over 25 years of experience testing long-term survival skills in the desert, mountains, and forest.