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Zombie author starts young

At 18, D.J. Kowalenko has put pen to paper and written about what he knows best — zombies and adventure.

“I just like writing books,” said Kowalenko, who lives in Delburne.

“I play a lot of action/adventure games and watch zombie movies and kind of just wrote it out.”

Kowalenko authored the novel, Drake Halberd and the Veil of the Dead, a story about a treasure hunter trying to stay alive while getting to the bottom of a zombie uprising conspiracy.

The young author got help from a couple of editors and worked through the novel with them.

“I would spend an hour or two writing at one time,” said Kowalenko.

“It depends on how much of a writing mode I was in right then.”

The book was released in September and he said sales have been steady and the feedback positive.

“A lot of people have really liked it, from what I’ve heard,” said Kowalenko. “They want a sequel, that’s for sure.”

He already has a story in mind for a sequel and is planning to continue writing about the lead character, Drake Halberd. Future storylines could include aliens, world-devouring mystical beings, mercenaries and soldiers.

Kowalenko said his favourite part of the book was the humour he managed to work into the zombie uprising story.

“I tried to use some of my own kind of humour in it and maybe some people will laugh at it,” said Kowalenko.

Although he managed to get his first book published at 18, being an author is something Kowalenko would like to make a career out of.

“I’m all in.”

He has already had one book signing at the Delburne library and has another planned for Jan. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library’s Waskasoo Room, at 4818 49th Ave.

The novel is available in both book ($8.95) and ebook ($3.99) form through the website

Although the book is not available in Red Deer, it can be purchased through the book’s website, the publisher’s website at or through Barnes and Noble.



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