This is a topic I struggled with some. For years and years I’ve laughed at actors that complained about being typecast. Being typecast means you’ve had a successful career acting. It means people recognize you for a role you played, and in some way connected with that role, because it left a mark on them. When you think of William Shatner, you think of James T. Kirk. William Shatner has made an entire career of being Captain Kirk, and it’s been a pretty good one.
Hell, William Shatner is so ubiquitous as Captain Kirk, the only work he could find that was playing something OTHER than Captain Kirk was playing Captain Kirk’s evil twin. (See photo, left)
I would LOVE to be typecast as a Zombie Author. I don’t think Max Brooks is lamenting the fact that he is known for writing zombie books. It also doesn’t mean that I can’t write anything else. It just means that my passion is for zombies, and although I may go out and write a sci-fi novel or a true action epic, eventually I’ll come back around to zombies.
I love writing, and I will continue to write. At some point, I’ll put out a couple of books I have working that aren’t zombie related. I hope some of my readers will continue along with me, and I hope to meet, connect with, inspire, or otherwise have an effect on an entirely new audience too.
That’s why I write. To make that connection to people.
–Kirk Allmond. Zombie Guy.