Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library - M.F.Wahl


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. An eBook of my entire serialized novel and a prize package courtesy of LeglessCorpse.com (this should be stated with all prize info) Prize package includes: 1 DVD of the movie "Mine Games" , 1 DVD of "The Dead Walking" - 10 full-length zombie movies, as well as 11x14 exclusive Leglesscorpse Bunnyman print Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

What is the favorite book you remember as a child? I loved the book “Ajax the Dinosaur”, so much in fact that I wrote “mine” and on every page in purple crayon. I loved the book because it was one part science, and one part story. It now sits on my son’s bookshelf, although outdated science wise. The brontosaur no longer exists.

What is your favorite book today? Although I prefer to read horror and sci-fi these days, with a smattering of science books, my favorite is Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I first read it when I was in high school, I think, maybe I was a bit younger, but the book stuck with me. It’s amazingly inspirational, and when I hit a rough patch in my life it’s always on my bookshelf waiting to goad me into being the best that I can be.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words. A zombie tale for zombie lovers, and those who aren’t.

Do you have any bad book habits? When I get the chance I like to read in the tub. This means that a fair share of my book a warped and water-stained because they eventually get wet. If I’ve purchased a special edition of first edition of a book I love, I avoid the tub though. My butterfingers are too clumsy to trust with precious items over water.

E-Reader or print? and why? I love print books, the feel, the smell, the thickness, and the trophy they become on my shelf when I’ve finished reading them, but recently I’ve seen the light of the e-reader. The problem is I’m running out of space to store my physical books, and I’m hard- pressed to get rid of any, even if I didn’t like some of them. Plus, an e-reader is easier to carry around, but I do like to read in the tub as I’ve mentioned, so I’ve been putting of the purchase.

One book at a time or multiples? One book at a time. Science tells us humans just can’t multi- task, despite what you or your boss might think. The same hold true of books then. Why split my attention? I just don’t see the point.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much). Dog- ear. I love the little crease it makes that says “I was here”. On that note, I’m not adverse to a coffee stain or a pressed flower between the pages. It all gives the book character. My favorite is when I’ve been burning incense and the smell stays in the pages for days afterward.

Do you loan your books? I try not to. People usually take quite awhile to read a book, and the busier they are the longer it takes them to read the book. That’s time for them to forget about it, or forget to give it back, or for me to forget about it, or for it to fall in the tub with them. If I coffee stain and water warp my own book it’s okay, but I expect a loaned book to come back in the same condition it was given in.

How do you keep your books organized? I used to have a great organization system. First: Fiction or Non-Ficton, then by genre, then by author, and finally by size. These days I have a toddler though, and I’m just happy if I can keep the book off the floor, and the pages in the books.

Re-reader or not? Yes, re-read, but I like to give it few years, five or more is ideal, because then I’ve forgotten a lot of the book and it’s like reading something brand-new. Of course, there are those that I’ll never forget, and I still re-read them too because they’re just so damn good. Another fun part about re-reading is that I can study author techniques better if I already know what’s going to happen.

What would make you not finish a book? If it’s really bad, or really boring. Life is too short to waste on bad writing, and I won’t force myself to read a book, even if it’s critically acclaimed or a classic. Why should I ever waste my life on reading something I can’t see value in? Getting rid of a book I didn’t like.... well, that’s another story.

Keep books or give them away? As evidenced by my massive book collection, I keep every single book I read, good or bad. Only at the behest of my better half have I given away books or sold them to used bookstores. I have a dream that one day I’ll have a spare room in the house, and that room will be The Library. It will be wall to wall and floor to ceiling books, with a ladder, heavily draped curtains, and a fireplace. It will happen, one day. One day.


DISEASE brings us into a world where zombies seem friendly compared to the demons that can live inside a survivor’s mind.

Humanity’s war against the living dead has been lost.

Those who managed to stay alive must now face the monsters in their midst.


“Is this what you want? A society where anyone can disappear without a trace?”

“Without a trace? I think not, Aaron. You are to be an example. A strict warning to those who wish to sow discontent and spread lies. To those who threaten what I have worked so hard to build. You will serve as the poster child for those who would strike the hand that feeds them.”

“You’ve strayed from your own teachings, Lot! What you’re building here is an abomination! You’re more concerned with being Queen for a Day than—”

“Can you hear yourself? I have saved the life of each and every person under my roof. What have you done? Become a thug – a terrorist. Death will be my greatest gift to you.”

Aaron’s head drops. His face softens. He closes his wet eyes. He breaks, snaps like a twig.

They always break when facing their inescapable mortality.

Lot’s mind turns to brave men. False men on a Hollywood movie screen, facing down death with a jaw of steel. Standing with bared chest thrust valiantly forward, ready to take the sword.

The television screen flickers, a smile flashes across celebrity lips. Beaming defiantly with the knowledge that he faces a good death, a meaningful death.

But it’s just acting. Life rarely follows that script.

A smile of triumph lights upon Lot’s lips. She presses them together, concealing it just a little too late. Perhaps she let it slip purposefully. This is a war, and they must all go out groveling. There will be no martyrs made on her watch.


As a child M.F. Wahl quickly ate through the local library’s entire sections on the paranormal, true crime, serial killers, magic, and hypnosis. By the age of 11 “IT” by Stephen King was the reading material of choice, hidden in a school desk (much to the dismay of one math teacher who wrote home that Wahl “read too much!”).

As an adult M.F. Wahl spends as much time writing as possible. Days are spent funneling creative energies into penning dark tales. Nights are spent watching horror movies and TV curled under a blanket with the family. At the end of the day when eyes finally close other people’s nightmares are fuel for M.F. Wahl’s dreams.

DISEASE is a serialized novel and is M.F. Wahl’s debut. Currently it’s available for purchase on Amazon, iBooks, KOBO, Smashwords, and more. The paperback is slated to be released just is time for Halloween, and an audiobook is in the works as well.

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  1. This giveaway looks extraordinarily creepy. In a good way! :)

  2. Thanks for hosting me! I had a great time answering all your questions!