Joseph Love (b. 1985) was born and grew up in Murfreesboro, TN. He moved around between Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina while beginning his writing career. Slowly, he gained recognition by respected journals such as West Branch, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, and Raritan. Desperate for a job at the time of his daughter's birth, he began working for a funeral home, where he decided to rework a zombie novel he'd written years before. The new book was shorter, a novella, and it fit with his short story style. Kill Town, USA is his powerful, bloody, zombie-filled mass-market debut.