Phoenix Author Kevin Wayne Williams on How The Walking Dead Inspired His Zombie Novel

"In 2004, I died in a scuba accident," Kevin Wayne Williams says nonchalantly over the phone.

"My last memory is going unconscious 20 feet from the top, so whether [my heart] clinically stopped or not, it's tough to say," the long-time Phoenix resident goes on to explain. "If I had died that day, it wouldn't have been a problem, and there was a part of me that realized that itself was a problem."

That accident was the catalyst for Williams to leave his career as an executive in Silicon Valley during the early 2000s and becoming an author, after "fleeing the country" and owning a hotel on the Caribbean island of Bonaire for a short time.

Now, Williams' first novel, Everything I Know About Zombies, I Learned in Kindergarten, has been named as a Horror (Adult Fiction) and Multicultural (Adult Fiction) finalist for Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.