Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Gal's 2017 Halloween Frivolities Day 19: Kopas' Character Has Spoken


The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Hi, Trevor.  Welcome to The Gal.  Some of my readers have yet to read your story.  What should they know about you?

Trevor:
I mean, what's there to say?  Once upon a time, my life sucked, so I tried to kill myself and I wasn't even good at that... or at least that's what I thought.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you believe in?

Trevor:
I believe that the average American consumer is a living, breathing piece of fecal matter.  Everyone's entitled to something and us chumps in customer service, well, if they're the shit, then we're the bowls.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What haunts you?

Trevor:
The fact that, at twenty-nine years old, my life really never amounted to anything... until now.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have any phobias?

Trevor:
Honestly, as a child I watched one of those zombie films and ever since then I had a horrible fear of being eaten alive.  Not really a phobia, but it's hilariously ironic, wouldn't you agree?

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What's the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

Trevor:
I mean, asking me this question is like asking a parent who their favorite child is.  (Hint: it wasn't me.)  Seriously, now, the better question would be, what's the best thing that's ever happened to me?  Well, that, my friend, would have to be the end of the world.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Are you lying to yourself about anything?

Trevor:
Look, we're all lying to ourselves about something.  Right?  I don't think I have been lying to myself, I'd just say maybe recently here I've been slow to catch on to a few things.  We're not all geniuses first thing in the morning.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What was your childhood like?

Trevor:
I was the youngest and least successful of three boys.  I accepted the fact that I was the accident long ago.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Were your actions the result of freedom of choice or of destiny?

Trevor:
Some might say Destiny.  I say it was just another bad decision amongst many bad decisions in my life.  But, hey, things seemed to have worked out for the best... I mean, for now.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
If you could go back in time and change anything, would you?

Trevor:
I think I'd like to go back and kill my cheating ex-girlfriend again.  I think my head wasn't exactly clear at the time, and now that I know which parts taste the best, I'd probably dive in for seconds.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What does your name mean to you?

Trevor:
I think the name Trevor is Celtic or some shit meaning big village.  My last name is Fink.  So my name basically translates to Big Village of a Thoroughly Contemptible and Unattractive Person.  Fuck me, right?

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What scars, birthmarks, tattoos, or other identifying marks do you have?  What stories lie behind them?

Trevor:
None.  I'm literally that boring.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What was unique about the setting of your books and how did it enhance or take away from your story?

Trevor:
Books?  What books?  Is there a book about me?  If there is, I think I'm entitled to some sort of pay out... oh, great, now you just made me sound like one of my old customers.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How do you see yourself?

Trevor:
Am I a good person?  No.  Am I a bad person?  No.  Am I even a person?  No.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How does your enemy see you?

Trevor:
I'd say I'm mildly mediocre and non-threatening, until you're dead and Tim is eating your flesh.  Oh, Tim is my best friend, btw.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How does the author see you?

Trevor:
The author... hmmm... is this someone I should have put on "the list"?

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Why do you think the author chose to write about your story?  Do you think they did a good job?

Trevor:
Listen, Lady, I don't know who this author is that you keep referring to, but I write my own story.  I'm not some puppet with strings and there's no ridiculously attractive woman pulling them.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you think about the ending?

Trevor:
I don't hear any fat ladies singing, pal.  Things aren't over until I say they're over.  Except for the world, that ended on its own.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?  Would you change anything about the story told? Did they miss anything?

Trevor:
Sheesh, here we are with this author business again.  Look, if anybody missed anything, then  yeah, there's more to the story to tell, there always is.  If there is an author, that'd be me, and guess what?  I'm ready for action.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Have you read any of your authors' other works?  Any good?

Trevor:
This author probably sucks.


About the author:
Stevie Kopas was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  She is a gamer, a writer, and an apocalypse enthusiast.  Stevie will never turn down a cup of coffee and might even be a bit of a caffeine addict.
            Stevie is the author of The Breadwinner Trilogy.  Books 1 and 2, The Breadwinner and Haven, were originally self-published in 2013 and 2014.  The Breadwinner Trilogy was picked up by Permuted Press in May of 2014 and the second editions of both the first books were released in March and April of 2015.  The third and final installment in The Breadwinner Trilogy, All Good Things, debuted in May of 2015.  In June of 2015, The Breadwinner was the number one bestselling dystopian novel on Amazon.
            Her fourth book, Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombies Apocalypse, was released in May 2016, then rereleased by Permuted Press earlier this year.
            Her fifth book, co-authored with Stephen Kozeniewski, SLASHVIVOR, was released September 2017.
            Kopas also participated in the At Hell's Gates horror anthologies and all profits are donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  Her short stories, Nefarious, Patient 63, and Spencer Family Tradition can be found in the first three volumes of At Hell's Gates.  Her other short story, Camp Counselors Wanted, can be found in Man Behind the Mask, a charity anthology that donates all proceeds to breast cancer research.
            She currently resides in Panama City Beach, Florida, and tries to spend as much time as she can soaking up the sun.
            Stevie is also the Managing Editor of the website Horror Metal Sounds and a writer for the site.  Offline, Stevie is a telecommunications professional.
            You can visit the official website, connect on Facebook, and also follow Stevie on Twitter.


About the book:
Family, friends, lovers...
            Those are just a few examples of the strong bonds that hold humanity together.  But when the dead begin living, and the living start to die, who will remain connected, and who will be torn apart?

Never Say Die: Stories of the Zombie Apocalypse, explores how different relationships are put to the ultimate test when the end of the world comes crashing down around them.
            Some will live, some will die, but one thing is for certain: Some bonds don't break.

Jack: Years after the zombie outbreak decimates the population, Jack's sister is mysteriously taken.  Will he be able to find his sister, or better yet, once he finds her, will he be able to accept what she has become?

Gordon & Elena: The morning of an estranged couple's divorce is about to get a lot more stressful when a mysterious illness turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected.  Will the two be able to set their differences aside before their journey's end?

Patient 63: After a terrorist attack, civilization crumbles when a lab-created virus infects over half the world's population.  Dr. Henrick Kennedy has found the vaccine in his sixty-third patient, a former infected, but his intentions are anything but good.  Graham, a lonely janitor, has fallen in love with the imprisoned Patient 63.  But is love enough to save the world, or will love be the means to an end all over again?  (Previously released in At Hell's Gates, Volume 2: Origins of Evil.)

Rosie: A little girl is given a vaccine to protect her from the impending zombie apocalypse, but when things don't go as planned, Rosie and her mom must find a way to escape their home and make it to the evacuation zone alive.  The human race may depend on it.

Trevor: A troubled young man makes the decision to end his life, but when the dead come back to life and his city is overrun, Trevor has suddenly found the will to live again, only this time he realizes he has a found a new purpose in life: Revenge.

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