Zombie Girl

dreamstime_xs_26825193Contrary to common belief, I don’t like zombies.  Really.  I mean, what’s to like?  They’re mindless, rotting hunks of nastiness.  But if you throw a few in your novel, or sit up all night slaying them on the Xbox, suddenly everyone thinks you like them.

I blame my son.

From a young age, the boy has always gravitated toward the spooky and the creepy.  I can’t fault him there; I enjoy those things myself.  But he takes it a step further into the gross.  (Judging by the interests of his friends, I suspect it’s a boy thing.)

It’s his fault I ended up an Xbox addict.  When he bought a copy of Left For Dead, I had to do the parental guidance thing and play along.  (I guided him to the safe house and he kept the zombies off my back.)  After that, we moved on to Call of Duty Zombies, then Dead Island.  We’ve even played the zombie modes on games such as Red Dead Redemption and Borderlands.  If the undead ever shuffle our way, the boy and I are ready!

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that zombies ended up in my story.  They were just what I was looking for.  Not only are they nasty, but dead things creep me out.  Perfect, right?  Story wise, sure.  In real life?  Well, I do seem to get quite a lot of zombie-themed goodies from friends and family.  (Now I’m glad I didn’t go with spiders. *shiver*)

In the end, I’m left laughing at the irony.  But I have no regrets—it’s not everyday a 12-year-old boy brags to his buddies that his mom just had the most kills.  Speaking of…anyone up for game?  I haven’t played in awhile, so I’m a little rusty.  I might need you to watch my back.


  1. My husband and 3 of his friends used to have a weekly L4D night. They were so devoted to Team Zom-B-Gone that even though they weren’t all groomsmen at our wedding, he got them all flasks engraved with the name. 😛

    I’d be the one driving the school bus, trying to pick up all the kids. Without a strong defender such as yourself, I confess I would probably get killed pretty quickly.

  2. That’s awesome!

    Heh, not so sure about the strong defender. I’m usually the one healing everybody–at great personal sacrifice. I think that’s why friends always invite me to play. 😉

  3. Just read your book – liked it a lot and came to find out what else you’re writing. I can totally empathize with the zombie thing and boys (mine’s 13). I hated them. (Zombies, that is.) Then I got conned into watching The Walking Dead on family nights (by his THERAPIST, if you can believe it). Then pretty soon, I’m up to my eyeballs in The Secret World – an MMORPG featuring a zombie apocalypse and reading Max Brooks for fun. What gives!?! At any rate, still perusing your site for secrets on what you’ve got next for me, but wanted to say thanks and can’t wait to read more.

    P.S. Loved the romance between Addie and Rowan, but you better plan on writing more after THAT ending. 😛

    • Hi Amber, thanks for reading! Yeah, zombie games can be very addictive, lol. As for my writing, you’ll be happy to hear that I’m hard at work on book 2 and plan to release it this spring. Sorry I haven’t updated the website recently. It’s in the process of getting a makeover and I hated to post new content that wouldn’t carry over. I did post a short quote from book 2 over on my Facebook page if you’d like to check it. 🙂

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