05.20.2017 – 2017 National Indie Excellence® Awards – RISING wins 1st place in Regional Fiction: West category

04.14. 2017 – Readers’ Favorite – RISING earns review rating of 5 out of 5 stars

03.16.2017 – 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival – DARK SURF named Runner-Up in Genre-Based Fiction; RISING named Runner-Up in Sequels category

11.07.2016 – 2016 Halloween Book Festival – DARK SURF and RISING receive Honorable Mentions in Fantasy category

11.07.2016 – 2016 Southern California Book Festival – RISING awarded Honorable Mention in General Fiction category

10.17.2016 – 2016 Northern California Book Festival – DARK SURF named Runner-Up (2nd place) and RISING awarded Honorable Mention in General Fiction category

10.13.2016 – WinslowArt TV, Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) Comcast channel 27/AT&T channel 99 (Monterey County); streaming at (click on AMP 2)

10.06.2016 – The Californian, part of the USA Today network – Book Review:  “Marina’s T. C. Zmak releases latest gray suit novel”

09.14.2016 – KRML Pub Talk, KRML 102.1FM/1410AM &

07.20.2016 – 2016 Hollywood Book Festival – DARK SURF receives Honorable Mention in General Fiction category

05.15.2016 – 2016 Beach Book Festival – DARK SURF named Runner-Up (2nd place) in General Fiction category

05.14.2016 – 2016 San Francisco Book Festival – DARK SURF named Runner-Up (2nd place) in General Fiction category

05.06.2016 – 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards – DARK SURF named Finalist in Fantasy category

02.27.2016 – 2016 USA Regional Excellence Book Awards – DARK SURF named Finalist (2nd place) in West region Fiction category

01.21.2016 – The Californian, part of the USA Today network – “Book Review: Something in Their Blood”

11.05.2015 – 2015 Southern California Book Festival – DARK SURF receives Honorable Mention in General Fiction category

05.03.2015 – Readers’ Favorite – Book Review, 5 of 5 stars

12.04.2014 – BlueInk Review – Ten “Must Read” Self-Published Vampire Fiction Novels

10.16.2014 – Monterey County Weekly – Marina writer’s first novel, Dark Surf, invents a new, bloodthirsty concept

10.01.2014 – KRML Pub Talk, KRML 102.1FM/1410AM &




T.C. Zmak is an ocean enthusiast, craft beer drinker, oenophile, and the award-winning author of the DARK SURF series. T.C. was born and raised in San Diego, and graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a bachelor of arts degree in communication. T.C. now lives in Marina, Calif. on the picturesque Monterey Bay.

Read more at About T.C. Zmak.


Fact Sheet

DARK SURF Fact Sheet (pdf)


News Release

09.29.2014 – Vampire Sharks Attack San Diego, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Marin Beaches in New Novel by T.C. Zmak (pdf)


T.C. Zmak is available for media interviews & public speaking engagements. Contact:



12.08.2016 – Holiday Happy Hour & Book Signing at The Otter’s Den (Marina, Calif.)

11.19.2016 – Northern California Book Festival Awards Dinner (Sonoma, Calif.)

10.18.2016 – A reading from RISING at Central Coast Writers’ Booktoberfest (Pacific Grove, Calif.)

09.17.2016 – RISING Book Release Party, Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room (Monterey, Calif.)

09.13.2016 – RISING, the second novel in the DARK SURF series, is released 

05.28.2016 – Beach Book Festival & San Francisco Book Festival Awards Ceremony (San Francisco, Calif.)

04.14.2016 – Author’s Talk at the John Steinbeck Library (Salinas, Calif.)

12.19-20.2015 – Salinas Valley Comic Con 2015 at the National Steinbeck Center (Salinas, Calif.)

05.20.2015 – DARK SURF Happy Hour & Book Signing at The Otter’s Den (Marina, Calif.)

01.24.2015 – Guest speaker at “Book Publishing 1-2-3,” presented by editor & publishing consultant Laurie Gibson (Monterey, Calif.)

11.28.2014 – Holiday Open Studio at Zmak Creative (Marina, Calif.)

11.05.2014 – PWN Shop Local Expo at Embassy Suites – Monterey Bay (Seaside, Calif.)

10.30.2014 – DARK SURF Monterey Bay Book Signing Party at Post No Bills craft beer house (Sand City, Calif.)

10.25.2014 – DARK SURF San Diego Book Signing Party & benefit for the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter at Pizza Port Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.)

10.21.2014 – Central Coast Writers’ Booktoberfest (Pacific Grove, Calif.)

09.30.2014 – DARK SURF, the first novel in the DARK SURF series, is released