Joining me today is Stacy Kingsley, author of Zombies Are People Too!.
Hello, Stacy. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a horror aficionado. I watch and read all of the horror I can get my hands on. In fact, I love horror so much when I got my Master’s Degree I wrote an entire thesis on the decline of horror in popular culture. I’ve also acted as a zombie in a short independent film and I have done makeup for performances that involve zombies. I continue to read everything I get my hands on, being a lover of literature, and while horror is my preferred genre I read anything (except westerns, I just can’t get into westerns). I also watch anything….again except westerns….I don’t know what my problem is with westerns, maybe they just don’t have enough zombies.
Please tell is about your current release.
My current book is titled Zombies Are People Too! It’s about 3 characters, Valerie, Robert and Marcus. Valerie is a nineteen-year-old who gets into a car accident and loses her best friend. In the search for her friend, Charlie, she finds that the world has changed. Robert is a father with two children, Darius and Maxine. After having gone through a difficult divorce he finally has his kids for a weekend, and in that time he learns how far he will go to protect them. Marcus is the dark horse. A serial killer with a taste for blood, Marcus finds he has a chance to become the master and the monster he always knew he could be. Zombies are real and they have a hunger for the living.
This is the first book in a series of four. I’m currently editing Zombies Are People Too! So I can re-release it and I’m in the process of editing the second book Zombies Bite! I’m also writing the third book Zombie Wasteland. The final book in the series is tentatively titled The Anti-Zombie Underground.
What inspired you to write this book?
Honestly, I came up with the title first. I kept seeing things that said “Zombies were people” and I thought to myself that it wasn’t true. Just because someone dies it doesn’t make them any less human. So the title Zombies Are People Too! came to me and I thought that it was perfect for a zombie book. I also loved the tagline that I thought of to go with it…Zombies are people too because you are what you eat. It is a humorous undertone to a semiserious book. Plus at the time there were several other zombie books and movies that had started gaining popularity and it inspired me to try my hand at it. I have to say writing about zombies is seriously fun, especially when there are so many possibilities with the characters. I rule who lives and who dies, and who becomes a zombie!
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
My favorite character has become Maxine, Robert’s daughter. The reason I enjoy her is because she has developed in the books as a possible villain or a possible hero, she hasn’t really decided what she wants to be yet. She is at a crossroads. I also really enjoy Marcus, but he is so hard to write because being a serial killer he is often dark and I often have to be in a dark place to write him. He puts me in a dark mood for the rest of the day when I write his chapters. I don’t dislike many of my characters and when I do I kill them off, so I can’t really name names right now.
What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?
The most difficult thing to write is a death scene. I really don’t like killing most of my characters and when I feel bad for them I don’t want to do it anymore. For the first book one of the characters dies and I had to make a difficult decision on how to kill them or how gruesome to make it. I felt bad for this character and their family. I also had to kill a character that didn’t have much of a part in the story, the reader doesn’t get to know him, but it was a difficult scene to write because I had to make it gory and bloody. Being a zombie book it is sometimes hard to write the scenes that involve the deaths of characters I enjoy and in the first book and every other book in this series I have had to kill at least one character I enjoy.
If you could jump in to any book and live in that world, which would it be?
This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many books that I enjoy, but there is a series that I enjoy by Jasper Fforde called the “Thursday Next” series and I have to say I would absolutely love to be in those books. The books involve a detective that can enter books and all of the crimes she looks into are literary crimes. I would seriously love to be in that world; surrounded by actually literary characters from all of the books I love! Who wouldn’t want that?
What book are you reading right now?
Since I am currently writing my third zombie book I usually read zombie novels, but I had to take a break so I am reading Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson. I am a Patterson fan and I pretty much grab the books as soon as they come back. After this book I plan on going back to reading some more zombie novels. I read them so I can keep up with the trends in the genre, which is constantly changing.
What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?
The best thing about being a writer is that I get to create worlds and people that others can enjoy. So many people have read my books and lived through the eyes of people they would never be and it’s exciting to know I am creating characters that people enjoy. When someone walks up to you and says, “I can’t wait for your next book,” is one of the best days in a writer’s life. The worst thing about being a writer is the assumption people has that you don’t really work. People don’t understand how much energy it takes to create not only people but also entire worlds! I don’t just sit around watching television all day eating bonbons, I am writing, editing, creating covers and when I am not doing all of that I am freaking out about life just like everyone else!
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I’ve heard a lot of people say that outlining a book is the best way to write because then you won’t have mistakes in continuity or character development, but to be honest my characters would never let me outline their lives. I may create the characters and the worlds that they live in but I don’t control their actions or their development, I sometimes wish I did as people die and I end up saying to myself they weren’t meant to die. I tried outlining once, it worked for one day and then the characters rebelled, so I just take notes as I write so no one has a different eye color or name.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I am really a girly girl. I love a good romance story, even though I live and breathe horror I love when a man finally tames that wild girl of his dreams. Although I also love when that wild girl kills that man…hahaha.
Zombies are People Too! can be purchased on Amazon.