Q&A with Ben Jackson

Recently I had the opportunity to review the guide, “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” by Ben Jackson. He was also kind enough to answer some questions about the book, so check out our interview here!

1) What gave you the inspiration to write “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”?
I hate scary movies, but can’t help myself when it comes to zombie movies. I just watch them during the day, not late at night! I enjoy prepping, and also love the aspect of watching a movie and yelling ‘I wouldn’t have done it like that!’ So, I said to my wife that I was going to write a zombie survival book, and she told me no one would be interested, but I wrote it anyway. It has been one of our most popular books, both digital copies and paperback copies.
2) There are so many helpful tips for both zombie survival and overall survival. What would be the most important piece of advice you could give anyone trying to survive a disaster of this magnitude?
Hmm, stay and fight or be prepared to run and gun I suppose. If you’re going to stay and defend your location, then make sure that you put everything into it. It’s easier to hide than fight, but ultimately you can’t run forever. It all comes down to how many people you’re looking after or how many people are in your group.
3) What zombie films/books/TV shows do you think showcase both the zombie threat and the necessary survival tools mentioned in your book accurately?
The TV show The Walking Dead is a good example of a group of people that want to settle down and defend one location, but ultimately find it too hard. They have to deal with large groups of zombies, as well as dealing with large groups of hostile people looking to take what they have. The Will Smith movie, I am Legend, has a good setup for his own home defense. There are also some differences in that movie, during the day he’s free to roam, the zombies only come out at night, and there’re almost no other people to deal with.
4) If you could pick anyone to be on your zombie apocalypse survival group, who would it be and why?
Seal Team 6, lol! Seriously, anyone that you care about, and you know has some basic survival instincts, and decent intentions would be good for a zombie squad. You never really know who will crumble under pressure, but I would want my wife by my side of course!
5) Any other books or guides that you are currently working on or plan to work on?
I just finished a basic preppers pantry style book. It’s called SHTF & Urban Survival Items for Preppers: Beginners Guide to Everything You Need to Stockpile for the SHTF, Urban Survival, Prepping, and Disasters. It has only been released for about a month. It is some of the important things you’ll need for prepping and why, and some of the most obscure items that you may not have thought about. It’s a good beginners book, for people that are interested in becoming preppers, but not really sure what it’s about.
I also just finished my first fiction novel, it’s a dystopian fiction based in a post-apocalyptic world after a virus has swept through the country. It’s being proofread now, so probably 3-4 weeks away yet.

SHTF & Urban Survival Items for Preppers https://www.amazon.com/dp/1534604510/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_h4eUxbR9PWH5S

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