Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with catt dahman, author of the Z is for Zombies series. For those of you unfamiliar with catt, let’s take a moment to get to know her better…
catt dahman has been writing for more than 30 years, has taught in public schools, private schools, and college. Her degrees are from A & M. A native of Texas, she has lived all over the US, but is currently back in the Fort Worth, Texas area where she lives with her husband, son, 4 cats, 1 dog and a ferret. She has also been a public speaker, director for a charity, dabbled as a PI, and more. She now writes full time, working on horror, thrillers, and more. She is published with Severed Press (9+ books of a zombie series: Z is for Zombie) as well as other books of horror. Other novels are available as well.
Welcome catt! Let’s get to the questions… Tell us about your zombies? If the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against them?
It depends. If I am still in Dallas, then my odds go down. On the other hand, my Zs are slow and follow George Romero’s rules and those types I can out wit, I think. I want a good baseball bat and want to weight it on the ends. I also am good with a rifle and handguns. I am generally calm in dangerous experiences and think I could handle the Zs. The other people…they may be impossible to deal with and may need the same treatment if they get bullish and pushy and stupid.
Tell us about your first experience with zombie media? Was that experience was drew into writing the genre?
I saw Night of the Living Dead (original) and a few others and I read a few books (one was Dan Williams) and other than his and one by Kody Boye, I thought most were dull, silly, super-hero-type, redundant, poorly written junk. I knew I had a series that was sitting in a box and yanked them out. 7 months later, Severed Press acquired all nine of my books and asked me to writer several more, which I am doing.
Pop Quiz: The item to your left is your only weapon during the Zombie Apocalypse. What is it and what do you think are your chances at survival?
A box of cheezits,. I am so screwed.
Thanks for having me here but now I am about to be munched up while I toss crackers at them.
Yes, you are screwed… List your five favourite pieces of Zombie media.
- The Walking Dead (Andy Lincoln, Rooker,Reedus, and Riggs rock the show.)
- Bowie Ibarra’s books
- Rhiannon Frater’s Trilogy
- Planet Terror/ Machine gun leg rocks
- Dawn of the dead original and remake
Great choices! We all know that we sometimes have bad luck. Keeping that in mind, what song do you think would get stuck in your head, playing over and over again on an incessant loop?
It would be a song by REO Speedwagon which I can’t stand.” I just can’t fight this feeling… (I would cut my own head off right then).
Now let’s take a look at catt’s George’s Terms – Z is for Zombie: Book 1…
In Northeast Texas, the epic adventure of a group of survivors begins as they take refuge in a hospital, waiting to see if the world-wide Red Infection can be stopped before all humanity is wiped out. As victims awaken from a coma, they now have the basic need to attack loved ones, to spread the infection, and to feed on warm flesh. Only rage remains. In days, the dead outnumber the living, and the US turns to the ultimate weapons to stop the infection.
In a world filled with zombies, survivors find that the living can be far more inhumane and cruel than anything they have ever imagined, as raiders scavenge for supplies and lawlessness and hatred are the norm. Both outlaws and zombies crave meat. In this time of hopelessness and horror, a bullet to the brain may be the kindest action.
George, an older, retired police officer, sets his own terms: fight and survive or go the way you want, but don’t let the zombies win. He explains that everyone is responsible for his own fate, and if that means going out on unpopular terms, then so be it. Len, a retired Marine; a quiet cowboy, Kim; a hot-tempered Hispanic woman, Julia; and a compassionate young woman, Beth all begin their terrorizing journey, not only to survive, but also to establish a new society, find love and joy in a barren, bloody landscape, and to face gathering enemies.
The first of the compelling series, George’s Terms, introduces a memorable cast of characters and a terrifying vision of a world, burned to rubble and filled with flesh-eating adversaries. As each person faces inner fears and new roles, he finds law and morality must be redefined. Zombies are used as the vehicle, but the story is all about what humans will do to survive when the odds are stacked against them; luckily, for the survivors, George has given them the terms that may keep humans from becoming extinct.
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