LIBERTY — Author TW Brown has never been to Liberty. He’s never strolled down Commerce Street, he’s never had lunch at The Liberty Bell and he’s never watched a Red Devil football game.
He’s never met the people of Liberty in real life, only online. But they made enough of an impression on the Portland, Ore., based author that he decided to set his book there.
So, why Liberty?
“Well, I needed a town — but not just any town. It had to be the right town. Not too big, not too small — everything had to fit for this to work. Liberty fit the bill,” said Brown during a recent interview.
Brown penned a series of zombie apocalypse books known as the “Dead” series.
“‘Dead’ is 12 books long,” he said. “I was committed to ending it at 12. But once I was finished with it, the temptation to revisit that world was too great. That being said, I didn’t want to just go back and write more books once I assured readers the series was over. So I compromised.”
Instead of delving directly back into his “Dead” series, Brown decided to apply the world he created to various cities and towns around the world in individual books known as “Snapshots.” Liberty was the third in the newly created series.
“I started with Portland, because that’s where I live. Well, I live just outside of there but it’s close enough. Then I did Leeds, England, because I have a large following over there. But Liberty came about after I put a posting asking for location ideas on my Facebook page,” said Brown.
Brown said that originally the posting for location ideas was almost meant to “test the waters.”
“I didn’t even know if there would be any demand for it but before I knew it there was, like, 250 suggestions posted and I said ‘Whoa, you gotta stop, I’m not going to write 250 of these,’” he laughed.
The suggestion for Brown to use Liberty as the book’s location came from Liberty resident Stephen Deese.
“I read his Dead series and I was curious what it would be like to read his version of the zombie apocalypse taking place in our town with locations that I know,” said Deese. “I was very excited when I got my hands on it. It was clear that he did his research right at the beginning, he did an excellent job describing locations. What made it even better was to personally know these locations. It made it so easy to visualize the story in my head.
“I can say the ending ticked me off and pleased me at the same time,” Deese said.
“I honestly never expected this kind of response,” said Brown. “But I still get a ton of emails from people saying ‘Do my town next!’”
Well, email requests aside, Brown already has the next couple Snapshot books planned out with his zombies attacking Las Vegas next followed by Tokyo.
All of TW Brown’s books, including Dead Snaphot: Liberty, South Carolina, are available on Amazon.com.
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