Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Apocalypse Wow by Ben Mariner

Please welcome Ben Mariner author of Apocalypse Wow.

Ben Mariner will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Apocalypse Wow

by Ben Mariner


GENRE: Science Fiction/Humor



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?


I suppose there wasn’t a specific thing or person that inspired me to start writing. I’ve always had ideas for stories, even as a kid. I’ve always read a lot and it’s given me a very active imagination. I remember, as a kid, making very crude comic books. One of the earliest stories I remember writing was basically a retelling of Big Trouble in Little China but with my best friend and I as the main characters. As I got older, I read more complex stories and started really studying storylines in movies and tv shows. Eventually I just felt like I could put some of my ideas into a story of my own. Once I started in earnest, I was never really able to stop.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?


Ideas come from everywhere. I’ve gotten ideas from cereal boxes, commercials, fliers, TV shows, movies, books. One of my favorite things to do is have a friend provide a person, place, and thing and then write a story off of what they give that involves all three. It’s usually just a short story, but it’s also spiraled into ideas for full length books that will maybe one day see the light of day.


  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?


I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the follow up to Apocalypse Wow which I’m calling Apocalypse Wow 2: Apocalypse Wower. Shooting for a 4/1 release date on that. After that will be the conclusion to the series, but that hasn’t really been started yet. After the Apocalypse Wow series is finished, I have a few ideas in mind that’ll pay homage to my hometown in central Illinois. Those are definitely more reality based, but should still keep with the humor that readers will get used to with Apocalypse Wow.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?


That’s a tough questions. There’s so much of myself in so many of the characters. If I had to choose one though, I’d say Barry from Apocalypse Wow. He’s really just kind of a tag along. He doesn’t have any responsibility to anything before the world ends so he joins Jack on his journey almost as a lark. He just wants to get out and have an adventure, with his friend, but there’s no real endgame for him. He’s just along for the ride.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?


I love this question so much because it really makes me put a real face to the people I’ve only imagined so far. The problem is, it changes for me pretty frequently. Right now, I’d love the cast to be:


Jack – Alex Solowitz (Mickey Parke from 2gether). That’s obscure, but he’s a very funny actor and I’d love to see him in more of a leading role.


Barry and Mike – James Roday and Dulé Hill, respectively. They were the main characters from Psych on USA. A fantastic comedy duo that I think would be a fantastic supporting cast.


Lola – Jena Malone. I don’t think this one has every changed for me. She’s always who I’ve had in mind for this role if it were to make it to the big screen.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?


I don’t belong to a group necessarily. I’m a member of a fantastic group on Goodreads called Support for Indie Authors. There’s just so many fantastic people in there to lend an ear and offer advice on anything. I also use people close to me that I trust to read and give honest feedback. It’s difficult because friends and family often don’t want to be fully honest to spare feelings, but the people that do help I know have no problem giving it to me straight. It’s an immense help in making the book the best it can possibly be. Sometimes things just don’t make sense, but you can’t point it out because you know how the story is going to play out. Having a third party bring these things to my attention helps prevent confusion for readers. Love my beta readers and editors!

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?


I guess in some sense I’ve always known I wanted my work to be public. I’ve never really dreamed of being some hugely successful author. I just wanted to share my work with the world. If they like it, fantastic. If not, such is life. Ultimately, being able to write full time and sustain myself on that is the goal, but as long as people can read and enjoy what I put out there, that’s what really matters.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)


The best advice would have to be don’t rush. When you finish a manuscript, sit on it for six months. Don’t edit it. Don’t think about it. Just let it be. When you come back to it, you’ll see it in a whole new light. You’ll see all the things that you don’t like and come up with better ideas to replace them with. I do it with everything I write, and I’ve never felt like the time waiting wasn’t well spent.


The worst advice I’ve ever gotten: have you ever thought about giving up?

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?


I fly 100% by the seat of my pants. I feel like creating an outline doesn’t allow your characters and storyline to grow organically. It’s too rigid. I’ve had plans for a story and find that I didn’t land anywhere near them in the end, but I’ve never felt like the result wasn’t as good or better than the original plan. Stories are kind of like living organisms. Trying to contain them to a prescribed plan is a recipe for disaster. I commend anyone who can outline and stick to it. It’s just not for me. The stories don’t feel right that way.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?


I am an absolute pop culture junkie. Specifically 90’s pop culture. Apocalypse Wow is very heavily influenced by that and incorporates it quite a bit. I tried to make as many references to pop culture events and tidbits as I could to connect with a widespread audience, but there’s still plenty little obscure pieces throughout that will tickle the truly avid pop culture junkie’s sense of nostalgia.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Most people love Prisoner of Azkaban the most in the series, but GoF is the turning point of the whole thing. Not only is the Tri-Wizard Tournament incredibly entertaining, the story that is going on under the surface is some of the best story crafting I’ve ever experienced. And when Voldemort comes back at the end the whole series is turned upside down and plunged into something no one really expected. Should I have said spoiler alert? Do people not know Voldemort comes back? Sorry everyone.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?


Yeah, Apocalypse Wow 2: Apocalypse Wower is almost finished. It takes place a year after the events of the first book. Jack is missing. Someone wants to kill him. And everyone else is trying to find him. I won’t say too much more, but I will say that we dive more into Mike and Barry’s stories and meet a lot of new friends. And, of course, the 90’s are still a constant companion.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?


Favorite actor of all time is probably Bill Murray. His body of work is just fantastic, with a few exceptions (*cough cough* Osmosis Jones *cough cough*). I mentioned Jena Malone before, and she’s always been one of my favorites, but I think the actress I love the most is Tina Fey. She’s brilliant.


  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series?


Writing a series is kind of surreal. When writing Apocalypse Wow I had to think several steps ahead when writing a chapter to not only make sure it fits in with the plot of the book, but that it also doesn’t clash with the overall direction of the series itself. When working on the next in the series, I constantly had to call back to the first book to make sure things vibed correctly. It’s a lot of work, but well crafter story should be and it’s rewarding as heck when you finish and realize it all flows together perfectly.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?


Apocalypse Wow is a post-apocalyptic genre story, but it also kind of pokes fun at some of the more common PA tropes like zombies and the four horsemen. Anyone should be able to pick this book up and connect with the story, but anyone who lived through the 90’s will find a plethora of Easter eggs that will call back a certain time in their life and hopefully make them smile. The goal of this story was simply to take a genre that’s bleak and over told and make it something fresh and amusing.




Jack Winters is in a bit of a pickle. Things started out just fine. He had a decent job and a few friends. Then he met the woman of his dreams. They go out on a date and things go really well. That’s when things go south. The morning after turns out to be a week later and the world went ahead and ended itself while Jack was far away in dreamland. Now he’s awake in a post-apocalyptic world with no family, no job, and worst of all, no girlfriend. Along with his friends and some other random tag-alongs, Jack will journey cross country to find the woman of his dreams against zombies, heavy metal horsemen, pirates, and a power so immense and evil it will put his very soul to the test.






7:51 a.m.


My alarm went off at the same time it always did. It prattled out its god awful incessant whine like it’s prone to doing as if I actually cared about its existence. I reached a hand out from under the blanket and slapped the snooze button with a little more gusto than I probably should have. Maybe it’s just me, but putting a little extra mustard on that snooze button in the morning gives me a feeling of satisfaction, like it’ll think twice about bothering me again if I just smack it hard enough.


I rolled over and went back to sleep.


8:00 a.m.


The alarm blared back into life. Who decided nine minutes was the standard amount of time for the snooze feature on an alarm clock? Was there some kind of study done at some point that found that people only needed nine minutes of extra sleep at a time? Personally I would think fifteen or twenty minutes would be more appropriate. Again, maybe it’s just me. I pushed the blanket back and lurched onto my feet. The room was spinning ever so slightly. That had to do a little with standing up too fast, and a lot to do with being hung over. I clicked the snooze button on the alarm with the big toe on my right foot. Everything in my room was on the floor. I didn’t own a traditional bed. It was just a futon mattress lying on the floor, so everything had to be at ground level so I could easily reach it. I was trying to adopt a Japanese style of living.


All right, fine. I just couldn’t afford real furniture. Are you happy now that you got me to admit that?






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Ben Mariner is the author of Apocalypse Wow as well as The Many Lives of Zane Montgomery, which definitely sold some copies to some people. He currently lives in Denver with his wife and animals. He enjoys mozzarella sticks, dunk tanks at carnivals, and solving crime with his psychic powers and best friend/sidekick.


Amazon listing:













Ben Mariner will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.


21 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Apocalypse Wow by Ben Mariner

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    February 8, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. authorbenmariner
    February 8, 2016

    Thanks for hosting, Christine! I’ll be checking throughout the day to answer any questions or comments that may come up. Excited to hear what people think.

  3. achristay
    February 8, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Heidi B
    February 8, 2016

    Excellent, kinda curious how you first got the itch to be an author?

    • authorbenmariner
      February 8, 2016

      It was really just having too many ideas jumbling around my head. They started to get mixed up and disconnected, so I figured it was best to write them down to make sure they stay whole. Eventually it became a hobby, then a passion, then I figured I might as well let other people read what I’d written.

  5. momjane
    February 8, 2016

    Sounds like a great story. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

  6. Eva Millien
    February 8, 2016

    Enjoyed the excerpt and interview, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

  7. Victoria
    February 8, 2016

    Really fun post, I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. authorbenmariner
    February 8, 2016

    Thanks for visiting, everyone!

  9. Thomas Murphy
    February 8, 2016

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Becky
    February 8, 2016

    What is your favorite genre?

    • authorbenmariner
      February 8, 2016

      I don’t know if I have a favorite genre. I love books from all genres. Except for non-fiction. I probably lean more towards fantasy, but I prefer anything with a good comedic tone.

  11. Suzie M
    February 8, 2016

    I enjoyed the excerpt. Quite the challenge ahead for your character

  12. Cali W.
    February 8, 2016

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  13. Betty W
    February 8, 2016

    I really enjoyed the excerpt and interview, thank you for sharing, Ben! Awesome cover!

  14. authorbenmariner
    February 8, 2016

    A big thank you to Christine for hosting this today! And a big thanks to everyone who stopped by! Thanks everyone!

  15. bn100
    February 8, 2016

    sounds interesting

  16. nikolina84
    February 11, 2016

    Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. Thank you for the reveal!

  17. Ree Dee
    February 13, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. The excerpt made me laugh! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Judy Schechter
    February 15, 2016

    Awesome interview and excerpt! Good luck on the book tour and thanks for the giveaway!

  19. sweetpea35
    February 17, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview and excerpt – looks interesting.

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