I’m writer, educator, artist, and all around fangirl of everything and anything creative. I love film, literature, comics, performance art, I could go on and on all day, but the bottom line is if it’s based in the arts then it has my attention. On a personal note I’m a wife, as well as a mother.
I’ve been a storyteller from the start, as soon as I could write storytelling became my obsession, whether it be a journal entry, short story, poem., etc. I was also an avid reader from an early age, my writing is pretty much a product of what I read, I absorb and then I create.
I write because I have to. I know that sounds funny, but I’ve been writing since I found out what a diary was. I would fill the pages of my diary with made up stories and made up creatures. When I don’t write I feel sort of absent, like I’m not myself. I need to write, I need to create, it’s just part of who I am or I don’t feel whole.
What’s the process like? What inspired you to write Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl?
The concept of Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl came to me when I was in High School. I was into reading and watching horror films and thrillers, and I have always had heaps of love for classic movie monsters especially zombies. One evening after too many zombie films I dreamt up Eve. The story played in my head all night and when I awoke the next morning I jotted down notes so I wouldn’t forget. It still took me over a decade later to actually sit down and write the series. I didn’t have the confidence in High School to attempt getting published. When I finally sat down to write it, it simply flowed out of me like it had been dying to come out. With the first book in the series complete, I felt a surge of inspiration, now I’m writing all over the place, it’s like I opened this gateway to ideas I never knew I had. I can’t wait to write more and I can’t wait for everyone to meet Eve.
What character or characters do you most identify with and why?
All of the characters in the story hold pieces of me. There is a trinity in my story: Eve, Cam, and Alex. Eve, my protagonist, has elements of me, but perhaps she is more of what I wish I could be. Cam is male, but I still relate to him in the sense that he hides his feelings from even those closest to him. I think Alex is most like me, shy, a worrier, places others needs before her own, she’s logical, she’s practical, and she’s honest.
What about writing makes you feel powerful?
I suppose it’s the ability to control. I decide what happens in the little universe that I created. I hold the characters lives in my hands, and that is not a responsibility I take lightly. I must be sure to give every character a satisfactory ending whether it be happy or heartbreaking. This creative freedom makes me feel extremely powerful, especially since there isn’t much else in this life that is open to editing. We don’t get do-overs, but within the stories, within the text, we can live as many lives as we please.
Is the novel scary? What’s it like writing scary parts?
It can be extremely scary at times, but I believe in balance and allowing art to mimic life. So yes scary with a touch of everything else, even moments of humour. It’s all necessary to build a relationship with the audience. I can’t very well scare them unless they become attached to the characters first.
Writing scary parts is a lot of fun. It’s an adrenaline rush. I’m not one to jump out of planes for a thrill, so the writing process becomes my source for adventure. Writing scary scenes gets my heart pumping and my palms sweaty, and then once it’s on the page I will re-read it; if it gives me goosebumps then I know I’ve done my job.
What did you learn about yourself while writing Zombie Girl?
I learned that even though I was writing a zombie novel, there were elements of it that felt very real. Parts of the story drew from my own life experiences; it’s this strange moment of pulling from something real and putting it onto paper. It’s even stranger still when you mix reality with fiction. I suppose I learned to let myself be a little vulnerable, I’m not one to share feelings, but the story allowed me to do so in a creative format. It felt liberating.
What might readers learn about themselves?
It is a horror novel, but it is done in such a way that you will be exploring more than just the zombie threat. In a lot of ways the book teaches us what really makes us human. Readers might find themselves getting very emotional as the story progresses, not necessarily from fear, but from their ability to relate to Eve as she struggles to maintain her humanity.
Where can readers go to find out more about your writing?
They can head to my blog www.poeticzombie.com. Readers will be able to catch some of my art and writing on there, as well as a glimpse into some of my favorite things.
I will also post updates about my upcoming series and other projects in the works on my blog and my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/agiacomi
I also tweet a lot, my apologies, but a random mind has to do what a random mind has to do, I find being able to ramble on there quite cleansing! So if you feel up to some laughter and insights into what makes this writer tick, then follow https://twitter.com/thepoeticzombie