Today’s interview comes from an author by the name of Julianne Snow. Her new book, Days with the Undead, is a zombie survival journal. Check out the blurb:
It’s a journal of survival.
Five people set out to escape the Undead who have risen too close to home. Join the emotional and physical struggle as they began on the third day after the awakening of Brooks VanReit, as they are recorded from the point of view of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist.
Each entry is geared toward helping those who want to help themselves and maybe give a few that don’t a swift kick in the ass. Join our group of survivors on their journey through these Days with the Undead.
And now, on to the interview:
What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)
The first word of Days with the Undead: Book One is “close”.
Tell me something about your book that I can’t find in the blurb.
That’s a very interesting question… It’s a book about choices. You can choose to live or you can choose to die. Each of your actions is a micro decision closer to either one of those extremes. It’s also a book written completely from the perspective of the protagonist and is told through narratives only.
In one word, describe your main character. (You can expand afterwards, but limit your initial response to one word.)
Julie, the main character is definitely resilient. She is also compassionate to a certain degree, intense, and yet vulnerable.
Where does your book take place? Tell me about why you picked that location.
The book starts out in Toronto, a place that I am very familiar about. For the bulk of the book, the main group of characters are on the move. They travel through part of Canada and the United States looking for a safe haven. The landscape of the book is very different from the one that you might expect to see if you were to drive the same path today. The human world has faced its own extinction and as the social landscape changes, so does the physical landscape. The subject and genre dictate that the landscape had to change and with hordes of the Undead beginning to take up residence on every street corner, it’s not a friendly place.
Tell me about your favorite character that you’ve written.
I have enjoyed many of the characters that I have written. In Days with the Undead: Book One, my favorite characters to bring to life were Lily and Liam. Nothing speaks to hope more than the laughter of children; even children that have lived through terrible events. Of my other works, I enjoyed writing Stella, a character in my story for Sirens Call Publications anthology – Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed. Stella is a young girl plagued with terrible nightmares; a hard topic to properly flesh out while maintaining the innocence of childhood.
What’s your favorite verb?
Infecting. It can be used in so many different ways.
What’s the last book you read?
Does my own count? The last full length book that I read was The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin. That was some time ago now as most of what I’ve been reading lately have been shorts.
Who was your favorite fictional character as a child?
It would definitely be Princess Ozma from L. Frank Baum’s books about the wonderful world of Oz. I loved reading about her as a child and sometimes, I even dreamed of being her.
Tell me about an event that contributed to your decision to become a writer.
At the end of 2009 I lost a significant portion of my sight as a consequence of another illness. Not being able to read or even watch television forced me to live inside my head. I had to keep myself entertained otherwise I would have gone crazy. I used to write a lot before I went to University and I loved it but a teacher, a mentor really, told me to focus on science as a career so I put the pen down to focus on other avenues. Having gone through an illness really opened my mind to what it was that I found fulfilling. All of those years spent not writing, I was able to live vicariously through the words of others. Without that outlet, due in part to my restricted vision, I knew that my passion lay elsewhere. Since the moment my vision returned, there has been no looking back.
What would you tell past you, if you could send a letter back in time?
I would tell myself to follow my heart. Don’t let other people determine your dreams for you.
It was watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of six that solidified Julianne’s respect of the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.
Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name. You can find Julianne’s The Living Dead of Penderghast Manor in the anthology Women of the Living Dead and an upcoming story in Sirens Call Publications first anthology titled Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed.
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