Saturday, October 17, 2015

Interview: Daniel Kraus

Today we have Daniel Kraus on the blog!  He is sharing details about his latest book The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch which releases on October 27th!
Photo of Daniel Kraus
1. Please describe The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire in five words or less.
Deviant defeats death, drifts decades.

2. I've heard amazing things about Zebulon Finch, how did you come up with his character?
If you're going to have a character that more or less sums up the rise and fall of America, then you have ask yourself, "If America was a person, what kind of person would it be?" The answer is not encouraging: he'd be male, white, rich, power-hungry, and uninterested in the plight of the less fortunate. So now let's kill him, let's make him see what it's like to be everyone else, and let's see if it makes him a better person.

3. What scene in your book was the most fun to write?
Nothing is more fun for me than putting the anarchic Zebulon Finch is the most civilized of surroundings -- let's say, the 1940 Academy Awards ceremony -- and seeing how he reacts. Usually it's like letting loose a shark in a kiddie pool. His destructive presence at historical events always makes me shake my head in disappointment, but also a little bit of affection. He does try, he just never tries quite hard enough.

4. Do you have any Halloween plans?
I'm going to watch 31 Halloween movies in October, which probably means my Halloween will be booked up trying to cram the last few in. I take my Halloweens seriously. Proof:

5. Can you share what you are currently working on?
Thank you for asking! And no, I can't!

Haha that last answer cracked me up!  Well I know we will all be waiting eagerly to hear what's next for you and will most definitely devour The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch in the mean time!
Daniel thanks so much for stopping by!

Find the Author:

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 27th, 2015
Purchase: Amazon
May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down on the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected.
His second life will be nothing like his first.

Zebulon's new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there, he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.
Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?

Ambitious and heartbreaking, The Death & Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire is the epic saga of what it means to be human in a world so often lacking in humanity.


  1. I can't wait to get my hands on this one! Great Interview!