Ezekiel Boone was born in Canada but lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and children. THE HATCHING is Zeke’s first thriller and the first book in the series, with SKITTER coming in 2017. THE HATCHING series has sold in twelve countries and nine languages, and has been optioned for the screen. When not writing thrillers, Zeke writes acclaimed literary fiction under a different name. Along with a healthy respect for spiders, Zeke has two poorly behaved dogs and enjoys the outdoors.
Check out our full review of the The Hatching.
I don’t think I’m giving away any spoilers by saying that your latest book The Hatching involves spiders. Why do you think they tend to provoke so much fear in people across a wide range of cultures?
Part of the genesis of the book came from that simple question. Why are we afraid of spiders? Even in Australia, where it seems like everything is trying to kill you, it’s exceedingly rare to die from a spider bite. In the USA, you’re much more likely to be killed by a cow - a cow! - than from a spider. And yet. I think, honestly, some of it has to do with how incredibly alien they look, how they move. The follow-up to The Hatching is called Skitter, and that word alone, describing how a spider moves, is enough to give people the creeps. I think that the inherent creepiness of spiders helps, because while there are plenty of animals that are scary in hordes, spiders are scary on their own, as well. Of course, in The Hatching, they come like a river.
Can you talk a little about why you write under your own name as well as a pseudonym?
I’m really proud of the books under both my own name and my pseudonym, but they are pretty different. It would be a disservice to my readers not to have some differentiation there. The cool thing is that there have been a ton of readers who’ve discovered me through the pseudonym and vice versa. But it’s just a way of saying, hey, this is the flavor you should expect when you dig in.
What’s a typical day look like for you?
I exercise with a group of friends, and because we all have kids, we get an unpleasantly early start to the day. And because they are all in better shape than I am, it’s particularly unpleasant for me. Then, once I get the kids off to school, I get to the desk. I find that when I’m in the middle of a big project, I’m at my best when I can shut away all of the other distractions. I take a break for lunch and read for a bit, but otherwise, I try to focus on the writing. By the time my kids are home from school, I’m a little dazed, but ready to reenter the real world. I joke a lot that I’m essentially a boring guy, but I guess I do spend a lot of my day killing people, blowing stuff up, and creating mayhem, so there’s that.
Which line from a book, TV show or movie do you wish you had written?
Breaking Bad. “I am the one who knocks.”
What are you reading right now?
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. He’s a wonderful, quiet writer, who passed away recently. His books are set in the heartland, in these farm towns that are both present and clinging to the past.
The zombie apocalypse has hit (as we all knew it would one day). Which TV or movie characters do you want as part of your crew? (no superheroes...that’s cheating)
Is the obvious answer somebody from a TV show or movie about the zombie apocalypse or other apocalypse? Probably, but that’s now who I want. I want MacGyver. Don’t you want somebody who can make anything out of anything? You want somebody who is both super handy and super industrious. I figure he’ll take care of zombie defense and whatever else we need to keep us alive, and I can mostly just sit back and eat bonbons.