Justin Cronin — American Author born on December 29, 1962,

Justin Cronin is an American author. He has written four novels: Mary and O'Neil and The Summer Guest, as well as two of three books of a vampire trilogy: The Passage and The Twelve. He has won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Stephen Crane Prize, and a Whiting Award... (wikipedia)

I grew up during the Cold War, when everything seemed very tenuous. For many years, right up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, I had vivid nightmares of nuclear apocalypse.
My theory of characterization is basically this: Put some dirt on a hero, and put some sunshine on the villain, one brush stroke of beauty on the villain.
If you are writing any book about the end of the world, what you are really writing about is what's worth saving about it.
When you write, you take the ball and you hold it up to the light and you turn it slowly, and let people draw their own conclusions. And try to bring empathy to all sides of the equation.
I was very much a child of the Cold War.