Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who you are, where you’re from, what got you into writing in the first place, and what inspires you.
Name: Camille Picott
From: Northern California
I’ve been telling stories since I was little kid. I told stories to my stuffed animals to fall asleep. I’ve been at it ever since.
I’m inspired by people and their relationships, both with themselves and those around them. I believe every person, no matter how old or young, is confronted with challenges. Whether it’s a personal issue or a conflict with a friend, there are always things to overcome in daily living. Throw these conflicts into an apocalypse, and things get interesting!
Tell us a bit about your books and what you’re working on right now.
I’m finishing up a zombie series called Undead Ultra. It’s about long-distance runners surviving the apocalypse. Long distance “ultra” runners have a unique capacity to endure physical suffering. Everyone knows there is no shortage of suffering in an apocalypse!
What is it about the apocalyptic genre that you love? Why write books about it?
I have a background in endurance sports. I like to run ultramarathons, which are footraces longer than traditional marathons (26.2 miles). Part of the allure of an ultramarathon is self-discovery. How will you handle pain? How will you handle suffering? Do you have what it takes to make it to the finish line?
I think stories about the apocalypse have the same allure. How will characters handle the hardships? Can they withstand suffering and persevere? As we know, not everyone makes it out of the apocalypse in one piece. Writing about the apocalypse allows me to explore these questions on human endurance.
Name your favourite author or book.
This is a hard one! Here are 3 favourites.
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Caroline Alexander
This is about an explorer named Earnest Shackleton who led a crew to Antarctica with the goal of being the first person to cross the continent on foot. His crew became stranded and survived for months in the artic wilderness before finally attempting what should have been an impossible escape in a tiny little wooden dinghy. (Spoiler: they ate seals and penguins to survive.)
Until the End of the World, by Sarah Lyons Flemming
Hands down, my favourite zombie book. Love, loss, preppers, and zombies.
Walden on Wheels, by Ken Ilgunas
This is a non-fiction book about a man who opted to live in a van in order to avoid debt and attend grad school. It was written before the tiny house movement.
I’ve been obsessed with living in a van ever since reading this book. I like to day dream about how many novels I could write if I lived in a van!
If you could be a character from a movie, who would it be and why?
Any of the kids from the Goonies. Who doesn’t want to find a secret map to hidden pirate treasure?
What is your top tip for surviving the apocalypse?
Always have a pair of running shoes and a running pack on hand!
Where can we find out more about you and your books?
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