What is the working title of your book?
Which one? LOL. I write three different series, the Across Time Series has Nick of Time Coming out in February. The Echo Branson Series has Magical Echo coming out in May, and the Man Eaters Zombie Thriller sequel is due out in August.
I’ll answer this about Man Eaters since it is the newest series and one that has its roots firmly planted at Sapphire Books.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I will watch any movie where a zombie eats someone. I don’t really know what that’s about. I think the idea that something that wants to eat us never tires, never needs to eat or rest or breathe is really frightening. I am also intrigued about how humans might behave in an apocalypse and the questions each of us would have to answer about our social mores and values. Who do you save? Can you kill a loved one who has been bitten? And then I became fascinated with the notion that the zombies aren’t the things to be the most afraid of: others humans are. The way we turn on ourselves lends itself to a great story, and how Dallas and her band of survivors negotiate the living and the undead is what the story is about.
What genre does your book fall under?
Zombies are a genre within a genre. I suppose they used to fall under horror, but now, because of their popularity, they often fall under paranormal.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I never answer this question because I don’t want my opinion of the story’s characters to shape the picture my readers have of them. Whoever they look like to you is who they are. That’s one reason why I never read books after Hollywood has made the movie…the covers usually have the character, and I want to be the one to determine who they are in my mind.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
With more than half the American population dead or zombified, Dallas and her band of survivors make one last stand to save the country.
What is the longer synopsis of your book?
Dallas, her lover, and her newly established family move their people to Angola State Prison, where they train a special army to begin eradicating the zombies in an attempt to take back their country. But zombies aren’t their only enemy, as outlaw gangs of thugs and thieves roam the countryside and a global army surrounding the country keeps the survivors within the borders of the virus-ravaged nation. As Dallas and the rest take on the military, the zombies, and the outlaws, they face starvation, disease, and the decision about saving whether or not to save the United States or face the rest of a world intent on destroying them.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am proudly represented by Sapphire Books. My earlier books are with Bella.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About three weeks. I write rather quickly. Long hand with a fountain pen on binder paper. I wrote this manuscript while in Africa. Twenty four hours on a plane is a lot of writing time.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My partner asked me during one zombie movie. She asked me why I never wrote one. Funny thing was, it never dawned on me to. So I decided why not? And the moment I created Dallas and Einstein, I was hooked. They made me fall in love with them and care about how they maneuvered not only through the chaos, but through the many different relationships that came their way.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The story is sort of an analogy for our lives. Every day, there is a potential for chaos, a potential to meet someone who can help you and someone who can harm you. The choices we make every day determine the course of our lives and, ultimately, our survival. So the zombies are actually ancillary to the story. The story is about Dallas and the group’s choices as they try to survive the unthinkable. How they protect themselves. Who they choose to join them, and the wonderful fact that love grows in the strangest places at the oddest of times. This is a love story…not a horror story. I’ve had plenty of readers who weren’t into zombies tell me they couldn’t put it down.
Who doesn’t love a love story where our heroines fight to keep each other alive?
That’s what Man Eaters is…a love story.