I am a 47 year old pilates teacher and my co-author husband is a 59-year-old former chef from a military family. We both love zombie fiction and we both love NYC. He reads more current independent zombie fiction then I do, so he typically starts the story, and then I edit and embellish. We write under pseudonyms because we want our zombie fiction lives separate from the rest.
Why do you write?
C Che and I have always loved to write. He has been writing on and off for a number of years, and I have been writing since middle school.
What’s the process like? What inspired you to write?
We had just moved back to NYC after 6 years living and working on an A-list private island resort in the Caribbean. We returned to live in a beautiful skyscraper in lower Manhattan, and were watching a lot of zombie movies, watching Walking Dead, and thinking about how great it would be to set a zombie series in lower Manhattan, in a building like ours, and what the challenges would be for us and our neighbors in that situation. We are stoners, and have been very successful in our work lives, so also wanted to show highly functional stoners getting shit done!
What character or characters do you most identify with and why?
I identify most with Divsha. She is a strong Israeli woman who has been through a lot of shit, is a little rough around the edges, but is very bright and able to defend herself. She doesn’t take shit from anyone!
What about writing makes you feel powerful?
Not powerful, but satisfied. I love creating this world populated by interesting characters who find themselves in extraordinarily difficult circumstances.
Is the novel scary? What’s it like writing scary parts?
It is scary but also funny and interesting. I get very anxious when we write the scary parts, and also very sad when people, especially children, are either eaten or are the attacking zombies. There is one chapter where a soldier sits and watched an entire family battling the zombies in City Hall park, and it makes me cry every single time I read it. It also made cry through every stage - from writing to editing, to revising. So powerful and so, so sad.
Of course, we balance those chapters with lighter, funnier ones. But after the Zompoc, light and funny are fewer and further between.
What did you learn about yourself while writing the book?
That writing fiction is an entirely different thing from non-fiction. That I love to edit. That I love to craft descriptions of gore. And that C Che and I work really, really well together as a creative team.
What might readers learn about themselves?
I hope that our readers will find characters that they will identify with, which will intensify the story and make them want to read more :). But I also think that our readers should be able to laugh, cry, and enjoy the ride!
Where can readers go to find out more about your writing?
Blog - http://zombiekillingstoners.com
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/zombiekillingstoners
Twitter - http://twitter.com/zombiekstoners
Facebook - http://facebook.com/zombiekillingstoners
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