Today I’m joined by Katie Cord, Zombie author. If you have yet to meet Katie, let’s take a moment to get to know her.
Katie Cord is a writer, business woman, nurse, graduate student, wife, and mother to 3 dogs and 1 cat. She lives in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and check out her page at www.katiecord.com. On January 1, 2013 Evil Girlfriend Media will begin accepting manuscripts and submissions for three anthologies: Roms, Bombs and Zoms; Witches, Stitches and Bitches; and Stamps, Tramps, and Vamps. Check the website for more information at www.evilgirlfriendmedia.com.
Welcome Katie, tell us – why Zombies?
I blame my southern Baptist raising. I had a Sunday school teacher who believed literally that the body would rise from the grave when Jesus came back and would give these really graphic descriptions of what that would look like. At age seven, my parents left me home alone and I happened upon the original Night of the Living Dead. I couldn’t stop thinking about them! Then I found Night of the Comet and it just went crazy from there.
Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?
Zombies are a metaphor for humans in my opinion. When you really strip us down, we are shambling around this world eating up resources mindlessly and searching for something that makes us feel alive. Zombies are sort of doing the same thing.
If I gave you the opportunity to tell me about your latest project, what would you say?
He Left Her at the Altar, She Left Him to the Zombies is a collection of short stories about women and the zombie apocalypse. I’ve arranged the stories in a way that you see women dealing with everything from puberty, to prom, to a middle aged woman with a zombie STD. I’m also currently developing my own company, Evil Girlfriend Media.
What makes your Zombies different, if anything?
I don’t think my zombies are too different, but I think the issues and characters I write about our a little different than your average man with boobs female militant character.
Tell me about your 5 favourite Zombie books that you didn’t write?
This is a tough question! I’m going with the first five that come to me because I just have so many that I’ve enjoyed. World War Z by Max Brooks, Patient Zero by Jonathan Mayberry, Among the Living by Timothy Long, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, and Zombocalypse Now by Matt Youngmark.
Great choices! What are your top 3 favourite Zombie films?
Night of the Comet, Sean of the Dead, and Dawn of the Dead.
Those are also great choices! It’s been ages since I saw Night of the Comets! Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?
I think The Walking Dead helped the general population see that there is something in the zombie genre that they can enjoy. I’ve had so many women tell me, “I don’t do zombies.” Now, I’m talking shop with them on different zombie theories and scenarios over lunch. I’m all for the increase in popularity.
Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?
Crow bar, hammer, screw driver, chair, and large three hole punch. Just in case you are wondering… we’re renovating my office.
Sure, sure Katie – we’ll all believe you don’t have an arsenal at the ready… No problem *wink, wink*
Okay now it’s time for a little book fun! Let’s take a sneak peek at He Left Her at the Altar, She Left Him to the Zombies…
Inside you’ll find ten horrifying, touching, and humorous stories of strong women whose fates are crossed with those of the undead. Within these pages you’ll meet:
*Max, an awkward misfit whose life is about to change in ways she never imagined.
*Liv, an amoral researcher determined to cure the love of her life, no matter what the consequences.
*Maddison, a bubbly blonde sociopath who decides to settle some old(and new) scores.
*Misty, the world’s least competent voodoo priestess.
*Joelynn, a woman with a viral death sentence who’s about to light the delta on fire.
*Ebony, daughter turned destroyer.
When the dead walk the earth, who lives and who dies? And if anyone survives, what comes next?
Thank you Katie for answering my questions!
Don’t forget to come back next week when I interview Tim Baker!