Rising Up: an Autozombiography

Well, the good news is that I am 75,000 words into the sequel. The bad news is that this has been the case pretty much all year. Let me explain.

Writing is a hobby of mine, and I never expected the success I’ve had with the first book. I have no agent, no publisher, no nothing except a laptop and some free time.

At the beginning of the year my wife and I separated. I became a full-time single dad to our three-year-old but had a business to run at the same time. Sadly that left little free time, as I’m sure you can imagine. So in order to realign my life to the shifting polarities of events I decided to embark on a career change – one that would make me, in the long run, a better father to my son.

I’m training to be a primary school teacher (yep, you read that correctly!). I start a postgraduate teacher training course at Sussex University in less than a week (September 2012), and I’ll be a fully qualified teacher of small people by next summer.

I’ll know more the further into this chapter of my life I progress, but I will be releasing Rising Up: an Autozombiography when I can. Please accept my apologies, but this is one case of real life catching up with fantasy and giving it a hearty kick in the bollocks!

Back to business. I’ll be unleashing various sneak peeks of artwork in the run-up to the release of the sequel to Breaking News: an Autozombiography.

Here’s the front cover artwork!

As I’m not a believer in spoilers, I won’t say anything other than – this is Pigface…


22 Responses to Rising Up: an Autozombiography

  1. Scott Goveia says:

    I just finished your first book and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Great imaging and flow. Much better than most of the self published product I have seen.
    Keep up the great work and I am looking forward to your next book.

  2. Gary Noonkester says:

    Just finished Breaking News. Outstanding work.

  3. Fiona says:

    Loved the first book , can’t wait for the second

  4. Rob Stevens says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your book. Nothing better than to read something that can draw you in and keep your attention until the very end. I did have to guess at what a few words meant, but that didnt stop me from turning the pages. Also it was a good change to have a positive ending, instead of having your favorite character torn to shreds and then the abrupt ending. I am looking forward to the sequel! By the way, up the price on the kindle edition, its definitely better than alot of books that I read that are 5 times more. Hope you make a ton of money! Thanks Rob

  5. N.J. Hallard says:

    Cheers Rob. You’re not the first reader to say that the British slang was hard to interpret – I may well do a glossary for overseas readers in the next book! As for the price, the way I see it is that I want as many people to read it as possible. It seems to be paying off in terms of recent sales too. Rising Up: an Autozombiography will be the same price from the day of release as well.

  6. Loved your first book, can hardly bear to wait for the sequel

  7. PS..love the British slang and all things Brit!!!

  8. colin says:

    Just finished Reading Breaking News: An Autozombiography and i got to say it is one of the best books that I have read in awhile, and i can’t wait for the sequel to be released. Keep up the good work

  9. Robb says:

    Mr. Hallard great Zombie read, you Brits do zombies well. Can’t wait for sequel!

  10. Caveman85de says:

    Started reading your book yesterday around 6:00pm and couldn’t let it go until I read it completely. Way to go. Thank you for a well written masterpiece.

  11. lisa says:

    Loved your book including the British slang. I am glad you didn’t “Americanize” it for us Yanks. Cant wait until the sequel. As a former teacher (Special Ed), enjoy your students. It will be the other adults that drive you crazy.

  12. Mark says:

    Any news on a possible release date for this?

  13. James mcbay says:

    just finished Breaking News and wow what a fantastic book it was a Xmas gift from my wife’s granny whom I had told I had wanted David Moody’s Dog Blood so I kinda put off reading your book,I so wish I hadn’t kudos to you sir

  14. Mark Sheppard says:

    Any news on where the sequel is on being finished?

    • N.J. Hallard says:

      Hello Mark
      Thanks for your message and for your patience! I’m hoping to finish Rising Up: an Autozombiography this year.

      I’m writing something else at the moment (collaboratively, and not a book). This is the first creative work I have written in two years, and its very good to get back in the swing of things.

      As my boy grows older I find I have more and more time for myself. When I wrote the first book I didn’t have a child and I was with my ex, and it still took me four years to write!

      Being a single parent and holding down a full-time job as well has kept me from doing the more creative things I enjoy (and writing was only ever a hobby), but as I get more on my feet I feel more like I can do justice to the time I’ve already spent on the sequel.

      I do intend to finish it, and I have no intention of letting down the thousands of readers of the first book who enjoyed it so much. Once again thank you for your comment and for the opportunity to give a progress update!

      NJ Hallard

  15. Samuel Rampling says:

    Any news on when Rising Up will be ready?

    Hope life is treating you well,

    • N.J. Hallard says:

      Hi Sam
      Thanks for your good wishes, the sequel is undergoing some beta testing at the moment – not something I’ve thought necessary or desirable until now. Hopefully the feedback I get will help me shape the finale which is proving hard to nail down to my satisfaction. Thank you for your patience, keep watching this space!

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