Zombie Love is the tale of Samantha Ridgeway, a smart-mouthed tabloid reporter who’s used as a guinea pig in billionaire’s experiment to replicate the advantage of vampirism without the side effects. Except the nano-technology that supposed to grant immortality turns Sam in an undead eating machine. Only one hunky vampire stands between Sam and everyone who wants the secrets to her nanites.
What inspired you to write this book?
My cousin hooked me on Anne Rice *mumble, mumble* years ago, and I’ve devoured vampire books ever since. I wanted to try my hand at my favorite type of story, but I couldn’t keep Sam the Zombie from taking over.
How did you choose the title?
I need a working title while I’m writing. Since Sam was a zombie and Duncan St. James was her love interest, I just slapped the two words on as the file name in my computer. Then I had several multi-published authors tell me not to change it since it fit my voice.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
LOL I lost track of how many editors and agents told me paranormal books were dead. Then there were the ones interested, but told me a zombie story would never sell. This was right before books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, World War Z and Brains came out.
With all the upheaval in the publishing industry, I decided to create my own company, Angry Sheep Publishing, and put my books out there to see what would really happen. So far, I’ve been very pleased with the response.
Tell us something about yourself.
People are never sure what to make of me. I grew up on a working farm in Ohio Amish country (though I’m not Amish), earned a degree in computer science with a minor in physics, and practiced probate law. All those years I dabbled at stories, but when a health issue forced me to retire way too early, I focused on writing as my next career.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
My first real attempt was at age ten–‘How Godzilla Saved Christmas.’ Fan fic has its limitations, but I wrote my first original story in 1993. Needless to say it did not sell.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Caffeine. Must always have caffeine to write.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Zombie Love was the first really good thing I wrote; the first work that got partial and full requests instead of automatic rejections. Learning how to publish my own work? Wow, that could be a whole book itself. There’s so many great professionals willing to share their experiences and knowledge. It wasn’t half as scary as the little voice in the back of my head made it out to be.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Not a damn thing. I learned so much just through the experience of writing Zombie Love: pacing, dialogue, action sequences. I wouldn’t want to lose any of that.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
Honestly, I read just about anything! I’m one of those people who actually reads the articles in Playboy. *grin* Lately, I’ve been reading urban fantasy, middle grade and military sci-fi.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Zombie Wedding takes place two months after Zombie Love. In addition to the stress of Sam’s older brother’s upcoming nuptials, the supernatural community is pressuring her to make a decision: tell her family the truth about her undead status or enter the supernatural equivalent of the Witness Protection Program. In the meantime, pro basketball player David Head is in town, and still carrying a grudge against Sam for a story she wrote about him. What she doesn’t know is David happens to be a necromancer. Now that she’s no longer human, she’s fair game for David and the army of zombies he raises.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Despite all the upheaval in the industry today, no matter what path you choose, you still need to give readers a great story!
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
If you like fast action, hot sex and a snarkalicious heroine, then this book is for you.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
My website is the best source for information and links.