Hola, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author A. Giacomi
Giacomi is a wife, and mother two tiny humans. She is a Canadian born writer, educator, and artist. She is a zombie enthusiast, lover of all things Tim Burton, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Marvel, Star Wars and just generally just loves film, essentially she’s a fangirl. The Zombie Girl Saga is her debut series and you can find out more about her and the series on her blog: www.poeticzombie.com
Book sample: Zombie Girl (YA Horror)
Eve used to be an ordinary girl, from an ordinary town, with ordinary dreams, but her dreams rapidly turn into nightmares when one grave mistake leaves her a little less than human and a lot less average.
Eve’s not quite the same girl she used to be. She desperately clings to her humanity as new desires, new abilities, and new urges take over with each passing day.
Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is a tale that takes you on an emotional and terrifying journey as Eve struggles to cope with her new life and find a cure for her strange illness before time runs out. She desperately clings to her humanity as she tries to control the monster she knows is lurking inside her.
I am trying to let it all sink in, but it’s a lot of information to process. What I got out of the whole story was that there was no cure, at least not yet. My body had become infected by a virus that kills you, and then forces you to kill others.
I was officially a monster. Human no longer. This was hardest to take.
Not human. The two words swam around in my mind making me lightheaded.
I hold my hand over my heart. No heartbeat? Never again?
“Will someone please check my pulse; I just need to know…” my hands were too busy shaking to check for themselves.
Cam walks over to me, his eyes bleak. I cross my fingers as Cam presses on my wrist. He waits thirty seconds and then decides to press his fingers to my throat instead. He waits another thirty seconds and then removes his hands slowly shaking his head.
Dr. August and Alex look on with wide eyes, I can smell the fear on them, and the scent is delicious. What Dr. August had said was true, my heart had stopped, and I ceased to live.
I am a living dead girl.
I get up from my chair unsteadily, “Dr. August I think I’ve had all the information I can stand for today.”
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When did you decide to become a writer? I have been writing since elementary school. I remember getting my first journal at a book fair and I began writing in it every day, but I soon got really bored with writing about reality, so I started writing fiction and poetry instead, filling the pages with ideas that would later become The Zombie Girl Saga. As for becoming a published writer, I decided to finally sit down and write the series after having my son, I felt that if I didn’t try and go for my dreams that it wouldn’t feel authentic telling my son to reach for the stars. I want to show my kids that you can do anything you dream!
Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special? Eve is the main character in my Zombie Girl Saga, she’s a small town girl infected with an ancient virus. She’s a zombie but not a typical one, instead of simply being undead and feasting on brains, she actually gains some pretty magnificent powers. She’s super strong and braver than she knows. She ends up becoming an undead hero in a lot of ways, but you’ll have to read the series to find out just how she manages that!
What is the hardest thing about writing? It may sound cliché, but writer’s block is a real thing and it’s really difficult to overcome sometimes. I know what it’s like to feel stuck, and not know where to go with a story. I’ve even abandoned some stories not knowing where to go next. It happens! What I do suggest is to keep those stories, never scrap them, you never know when inspiration will strike and you’ll be able to revive those stories.
What is the current book you are promoting? I just recently finished my Zombie Girl Saga and am actively promoting the four book series. I just went to my first comic con to promote it and the beautiful covers got a lot of bites and some sales! The series is something I would read and so I wrote it! If you like iZombie, Supernatural, or Warm Bodies, this series will definitely entertain you!
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If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? I actually cast all my books before I start writing, it helps my writing flow as if I’m watching a film about it! In my Zombie Girl Saga I have a special trinity of characters; they’re best friends going through this strange journey. Eve is my protagonist and Zombie Girl, I pictured her as actress Sophia Bush. As for Alex, she would be played by Jennifer Lawrence and Cam would be played by Brandon Routh. Oh dear I might have revealed too much of what I geek out about in there!
Who inspires your writing? I’m inspired by so many authors and artists alike. I feel that I’m made up of a mix of Tim Burton, Shakespeare, Charlaine Harris and Edgar Allan Poe. So what does that make me? I guess I’m a hopeless romantic, with poetic tendencies and a curiosity for the strange, the tragic and the macabre, but I like to keep it cute! I’m some sort of enigma alright!
Where do you come up with your stories? My stories all come from the same place, my dreams. I have to thank my over-active imagination for all the great story ideas, but unfortunately it does keep me up at night. I have a little notebook by my bed that I write in when I get a great idea in my sleep, it would be a terrible waste to leave it for morning and forget it all, so this is my way of making my dreams a very literal reality.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? I really wish I had written Pride & Prejudice & Zombies! I often thought that it would be fun to mingle the classics with zombies. When I saw that book on the shelf, I was half excited and half like “dang!” I missed a real opportunity here!
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? It’s okay to fail. I have submitted to lots of publishers and agents, so many that I’ve lost count over the years. You will hear “no” more times than you thought possible, but don’t let that stop you from breaking down the door and trying again! I still get lots of “nopes” but I’ve also heard “yes” a few times now, if I didn’t keep trying, I wouldn’t eventually have heard that “yes” and had something published!
What book are you currently reading or just finished? I’m currently reading the third book in the Paranormal Detective Series by Lily Luchesi, the series is so addictive, it is all about a secret supernatural squad in Chicago who fight to keep humans safe. There is also a great love story woven into it between a vampire and a human. It’s simply fab!
What do your readers mean to you? Everything! I wouldn’t say I have an abundance of fans, I’m still pretty new in the writing world, but the ones I do have are so super loyal and encouraging. I can’t even put into words what all their kind words mean to me. Writing is a hard gig, actually anything to do with the arts is! People who like your work really make it all feel worthwhile. My readers are what keep me writing and I like to thank them when I can. I’ve started doing random giveaways for all the subscribers to my newsletter, just to say thanks! For anyone who wants to join my loyal Zombabes, as I affectionately call them, here’s the link: http://agiacomi.wixsite.com/poeticzombie
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