I have always been a story teller, but I never considered writing as a profession.
In school I had won a couple writing awards, but nothing significant enough to make me consider it a career. When I did write, it was always about crime, horrific crime, and war, which you can imagine never thrilled my Middle School and High School Teachers.
My calling was with the military, so I repressed the writing urges and joined the Army shortly after my 17th Birthday. I did just over eight years of active duty and a couple deployments before I decided to get out and try something different.
I left the Army, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and I was hired by one of the top companies in the United States as an Application Developer. But still, military service called me. So at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan I joined the Navy Reserve. I learned to love the Navy, and in late 2011 I was recalled to active duty to deploy to Afghanistan.
My Army experience served me well. The Navy group I deployed with was attached to an Army MP Brigade. Our mission was security, I had been placed in a position of responsibility. Weekly we would give tours of our facility, we would be questioned on contingency plans. At the time The Walking Dead series was huge, so of course everyone comically asked the inevitable “Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse?”
At first I laughed it off, and give a smart ass response… But I had lots of downtime, and still had the story telling bug. I had always been a huge fan of movies like 28 Days Later, and I Am Legend. When I was a kid the original Night of the Living Dead scared the Hell out of me. So I thought hey, let’s put pen to paper and see where this goes.
I put together the short story Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. It was a twist of two ideas. One for some reason I always had this irrational fear about what would happen if we went on convoy and everyone went home without us. I married that with the idea of a full blown zombie apocalypse. I wanted to tell a story that portrays the military that I know, that displays our actual capabilities. I drafted the story and shared it with some close friends. They loved it and encouraged me to refine it and put it out. You can find W.J. Lundy on Facebook.
So here I am.
W. J. Lundy is a member of the U.S. Military with multiple deployments in the War on Terror, and has over 12 years of combined service with the Army and Navy in Europe, the Balkans and Southwest Asia. W.J. is an avid athlete, writer, backpacker and shooter. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Central Michigan. He is the Author of the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Series: Escaping the Dead, Tales of the Forgotten, and Only The Dead Live Forever.
You can read more about W.J. Lundy and the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Series on Facebook.