Michael Madden | High Peak Author

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Michael is now presenter of The Book Show on Ex Pat Radio. Thursday mornings 10.30am (UK time). Listen in or get in touch to be featured on the show.

Its 2018 and The History Of Zombies is now on sale.

Here is the first press release...

Thursday 1st March is World Book Day, and local author Michael Madden is making it a special event by releasing his latest title, The History Of Zombies. We caught up with him as he prepared for the release day.

The History Of Zombies, what’s it all about?

It’s a work of fiction, aimed at young teens. The marketing blurb says Zak and Jimmy loved their X-Boxes, they loved their war games, and they loved shooting virtual zombies. A chance encounter in a local graveyard changed all of that when one of their school friends showed signs of being not quite normal, though not quite a zombie either. That is when the fun really started. They discovered that Jimmy’s dad is an expert on zombies, and his acquaintance, the fabled Joshua Lordsmith, is a self-styled zombie hunter. They got to know all about The History Of Zombies as the outbreak spread, placing Zak. Jimmy, his dad, and Joshua in great danger. The History Of Zombies is actually the title of an old chart that shows all of the different types of zombies and their family tree.


Young Teens is an interesting market. Why did you choose that?


I think there is a real danger that in a few years’ time people simply will not read books. My youngest son spends most of his free time playing on his X-Box or his laptop. He would not dream of picking up a book. In fact, when I suggested that he might like to read something he countered my suggestion asking if he could just listen to an audiobook instead! The subject matter is one that the X-Box generation are familiar with, fighting zombies seems to be a common theme.


And do you think your son will read this particular book?


Well, maybe. I gave him a physical copy so that he could be a beta reader. Don’t think he has quite finished it yet but he has read a lot more than I thought he would.


The cover is quite striking, did you do that yourself?


No, I used a lady called Emmy Ellis at Studioenp. She produces some magnificent covers, and they are amazingly priced. I gave her a few suggestions for imagery and the words, and within 24 hours I had my cover. She emailed me the final versions and would have changed them if they were not what I wanted, but I think they are perfect.


Graveyards, zombies, would you class this as a horror?


Not really, as I say, it is aimed at young teens. It seems that they are quite hardened to virtual death and destruction, they just hit the reset button and start a new game. I wanted the cover to depict things that might scare, as I would not want someone to pick up the book and not be prepared for some gore and killing.


So you want to de-sensitise the reader in advance?


Kind of! There is killing in the book, that’s what zombies do! But the people who die are not fully developed characters. They are almost incidental to the story. Some of them don’t even get to speak!


This is a departure from your usual style, why the change?


I don’t really have a ‘usual style’! My last two books have been music related, though both very different. Before that there was a cookery book, and an adult novel. Next up I am concentrating on horror. Adult horror. I read a lot of Stephen King so I suppose it is inevitable that I would slide into that genre eventually!


What events have you got planned for the launch?


I will be promoting the book on Ex Pat Radio, I do a Book Show on there every week or so. We are also looking to tie in events for World Book Day, maybe with giveaways in the local schools. There will also be giveaways on the Facebook page, so please visit and Like that!


And finally, how do we get hold of a copy?


It will be available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. It should also be available at other online book stores, but that can take a while to filter through.

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Very pleased with the cover for The History Of Zombies produced by Emmy Ellis at Studioenp.

Please like and share the Facebook page - the book should be on virtual bookshelves, and who knows, maybe physical ones too, in time for World Book Day on 1st March.

The History Of Zombies on Facebook

Aimed at young teens with an X-Box obsession - maybe it will persuade just one or two of them to actually read a book!

First promo already arranged for Ex Pat Radio - more to follow.

Let me know if you would like a book signing or interview!

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2017 looks like being a very busy year. The History Of Zombies is now at the proof stage, whilst Mmm...No2...Cookbook, the imaginatively titled sequel to Mmm...No1...Cookbook, is nearing completion. However, the real project for this year is Elvis Under The Covers, a book researched almost entirely on the internet exploring the legacy of Elvis Presley through the artists that have covered his songs.

It was finally released in August 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of The King!

Exciting news - the foreword has been written by Suzi Quatro and there are great essays from Kenny Vance and Mike Sanchez. Other contributors include Wanda Jackson, Tanya Tucker, Chris Spedding, Eddi Reader, Stella Parton, Mary Coughlan and many more.

Here is Hollie Crankshaw's cover artwork.

Elvis Under The Covers on Amazon

I did a ton of radio interviews - very entertaining, and have lined up some book signings. Its available on Amazon in print and on Kindle.

You can find out more at the Facebook page Elvis Under The Covers on Facebook

You can also follow progress on the book page listed on the index of this page.

2015 - Another year, another finished project. This time it was a play, the comic gothic horror telling of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven as performed by Lady M Youth Theatre.

It was a great experience all round. Full details of the cast and crew can be found at www.tumbattle.co.uk.

In total there were 4 shows, and this video is from the last, when the cast found the confidence to get a bit more creative!

In 2014 I completed the biography of Rock And Roll Singer and pianist Mike Sanchez. I first met Mike about three years ago, and we discussed his biography. Things have moved on since then, and I have a publishing deal with Music Mentor books. Material is slowly coming together and the book is due out in early 2014, to celebrate Mike's 50th birthday.

Latest Update: May 2014. The book is now available! Amazon still havent sorted an image out and officially its not launched until 1st June, but it is definitely out there - got my copies yesterday. Mike has been opening for Jeff Beck on the UK leg of his world tour, and last week I found myself in the surreal position of signing flyers in the foyer of the Bridgewater Hall. Its all rock & roll this week too as we head to the 100 Club in London for the official launch, followed by a local launch at Level Two in Buxton on 1st June.

There have been a couple of pieces of publicity

oh yes, and a slight change to the cover!

Latest update: March 2014. The publisher has made his comments and they have been amended and sent back. A few queries around the timeline of The Rockets in the early 80s, but then its all done. Plenty of pictures selected - but still more to do in that area. Still on course to be published in May.

Latest update: January 2014. The book is in the final stage of editing, and will be around 90,000 words or 300-350 pages. The cover design has been done by ex Big Town Playboy and friend of Mike's Antonio Coni.Here is a sneak preview...
...and yes the Foreword has been written by Robert Plant!

You can visit my Facebook Fan Page Facebook Fan Page or follow me on Twitter @Tumbattle

You can visit my Facebook Mike Sanchez bio page here Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy

You can also visit my Facebook business page Legacy IT Consultants Limited on Facebook

For more information on other stuff visit Michael Madden's blog including a link to an audio presentation of Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle.

There is also my personal blog - occasionally entertaining! In Search Of Paradise

Incidentally, Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle is now available on Kindle and Paperback through Amazon.

Mmm...No1...Cookbook now available on Kindle an in paperback

Its actually been a lot of fun as I had to review almost 50 books, going back many years to remember long forgotten novels. I thoroughly recommend the exercise - it brings back a lot of happy memories.


The UK edition of Stags! is now exclusive to Amazon as it is enrolled in KDP Select.

Michael is an IT Manager by profession, but this website is dedicated to his writing.

He has published three books, a children's rhyming picture book "Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle", and an adult humourous novel "Stags!", and "Mmm...No1...Cookbook" as shown above.

He has been quoted in such noted publications as the New York Times as part of his professional career, and he is a regular contributor to the High Peak Review as a freelance journalist.

Michael can be contacted at Mikemadden1@gmail.com

Cover notes from Stags!

Michael Madden has worked for many years in the IT industry, as a result of which he has been quoted in publications as prestigious as the New York Times, however, until recently writing has been very much a part time occupation. He published the children's picture book "Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle" (FASTPRINT PUBLISHING, 2010), and he has had several articles published in newspapers and magazines. His subject matter is varied, ranging from the growth in Print On Demand publishing, to articles on Olympic hopefuls, and even a preview and review of a performance by rockabilly legend Sleepy Labeef, that included an interview with the singer himself.
This is his first venture into adult humorous fiction, and he is determined to make a success of it, despite being told by a number of literary agents and publishers that the market for this genre does not really exist.
He has also performed as an after dinner speaker on a number of occasions, as a result of another of his passions, playing amateur cricket.
Originally from Sale in Cheshire, Michael now lives with his wife Sally in the more peaceful surroundings of Whaley Bridge, in the Peak District.