Don't be afraid to change course with your novel
Sunday 20 June 2021
Monday 14 June 2021
|I'm not the only one obsessed with the dead who rise|
I often get asked when people look down my list of published books why I wrote a zombie novel? It doesn't seem to fit in with my profile - I've been a vegetarian for over 30 years and a crime writer.
I've written books on compassionate living, bullying due to my bitter experience of it, caring for your dog because of my experience of having rescue dogs all my life and I'd even written comedy books.
How does that fit in with being obsessed with humans who die then come back to life, desperate to devour human flesh?
I'm obsessed to the point of coming up with theories of how an actual zombie apocalypse could start. When I go for walks with my rescue dog I think about where would be the best place to be holed up if the Dead started to roam the earth. How secure would that place be? How would we get food? How would we survive?
|Seeing zombies through the eyes of Rick Grimes|
That's the one thing the zombie genre gives you - pure escapism.
Zombies give me something else to think about other than the problems we all face in our lives - nightmare neighbours, rude and obnoxious people who don't speak to you for 5 years and then out the blue accuse you of something nonsensical, constant worrying about money and the welfare of those we love.
Zombies are my escape from the true horrors of the world - could anyone have imagined a pandemic like the one we are experiencing - and daily existence.
Unlike real life, living humans who don't die and come back to life, with zombies you know where you are - avoid them or if they bite you and you die and then come back as one of them.
If only life were just as simple.
I also love to be scared - when it's a movie, TV show on novel but not in real life. There are enough things to scare you in real life.
I also love exploring how the zombie apocalypse brings out the best and worst in people. I enjoy the way anyone can be redeemed.
And that's one of the other things I enjoy most about the genre - how it explores the best and worst sides of human nature. Nothing shows someone's true colours as much as a zombie apocalypse.
|Nothing shows someone's true colours as much as a zombie apocalypse|
SPOILER ALERT! - Don't read the next bit if you haven't seen the season finale of Fear The Walking Dead.
Just ask Morgan Jones who was thrown into the path of walkers by a so-called ally Victor Strand in Fear The Walking Dead.
If you're interested in checking out my very Scottish zombie novel, here's it is -
One woman rages against the zombie hordes! Check it out here
Or, if you prefer direct links here -
Stay safe everyone.