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.
Hi, thanks for hosting me!
I always say I was born to write, judging from my favourite baby picture of me holding a newspaper. I grew up and wrote for them!
I was always a big reader, so it seemed natural for me to try my hand at fiction, too. It’s fun to get the chance to put words in people’s mouths. Ha!
Some of my journalistic interest continued, though, when I started reading the Lizzie Borden autopsy reports and viewing the crime scene photos. Given the results, it gave me the idea for a plausible, and entirely different, reason for the gruesome axe murders of Mr. Borden and his wife, Lizzie’s stepmother… they’d become zombies.
Tell us a bit about your books and what you’re working on right now.
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter follows the real-life trial and other actual events while adding a supernatural element. The sequel, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, follows the aftermath of the trial and Lizzie’s attempts to pick up her life after being acquitted of the murders in 1893. A tie-in novella, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, is part ghost story, part love story, on how the murders, and the city’s bloody mystery, might have affected Lizzie’s neighbour and doctor, who also was one of the first professionals on the murder scene.
The books all were a lot of fun to write and delve into the history of this most infamous woman and those around her.
Right now, I’ve been working on some short stories, some with a horror twist, and for a change of pace, some with Lizzie involved in some supernatural mysteries.
What is it about the apocalyptic genre that you love? Why write books about it?
It really is fascinating to imagine how someone would deal with life when their whole world is turned upside down. And to be glad that it’s all imaginary, too.
Name your favourite author or book.
Like many others, I love Stephen King, with Salem’s Lot and Pet Sematary two favourites. If I had to pick a recent read, it would have to be Scott Sigler’s Infected. Wow, mind-blowing, gripping, gory and gross, but staggering. I’m finishing reading the third book in the series. I often don’t finish series as they don’t always hold up, but this one is working.
If you could be a character from a movie, who would it be and why?
I really liked the movie, Maggie, for its heart-felt drama and a different take on zombies. I recently watched Train to Busan and was blown away by the drama, suspense and good story. But I’m not sure I’d want to be a character in that. The zombies were horrific and truly frightening!
What is your top tip for surviving the apocalypse?
Get away from the big cities. Find someplace remote with food, weapons, and no access to hole up in. Digging a moat around the place could be a good deterrent to keep monsters (human and otherwise) away.