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Interview at Swedish Zombie

First America, and then the world!  Here is an interview I did at Swedish Zombie.
Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do when you’re not writing? 
I’m a mum so I have to have a pretty regimented day in order to get everything done.  I write for several hours, then I exercise which most days, is a brisk hour’s walk.  I often use that time to plan the next scene in my book. I write some of my best dialogue that way!  My daughters tell me they can always tell when I’m doing dialogue because of all the facial contortions I do while I act out the scene in my head.  Once the kids get home, my writing day ends and my family life begins.  Once the kids are in bed, I have me time, which usually takes the shape of a good book or a sci fi/fantasy tv show.
How is it that you became a writer? When did you start writing? 
I was a compulsive reader as a child and I think becoming a writer is a natural progression from that.  I took a long break from writing to raise my kids and it was only when I fell in love with the zombie genre, that the vague urge to write once again became a compulsion.  With the encouragement and example of other authors like Stephen North and Rhiannon Frater, I finally sat down to write my book.  When I wrote the first line, ‘The first hint of the plague which was to destroy our world came with a brief report on the morning news’, I  only knew that I wanted to tell an exciting zombie adventure from a mom’s point of view.  I let the story evolve from there.  For ten weeks, I thought and did nothing else but zombies.  It was great!

Read the whole interview at Swedish Zombie

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Interview at Books With Marshmallows

     

      1)  What inspired you to write Dead Tropics?
I love zombie stories but I am often frustrated with them, too.  All too often the people in zombie books don’t reflect the everyday person.  They are soldiers, armed to the teeth, unhampered by family and friends.  I wanted to read about the mums, dads, kids!  I wanted to know how they would cope with a wide-scale disaster like zombies (or any natural disasters, for that matter)?  As a mum of three, I kept asking myself the question: would I be able to protect my family or would I be one of those people who lie down and die without a fight?
Dead Tropics came about out of my desire to answer that question.


2) What is it that made you write about zombies?
I have been a long time fan of zombie books.  Actually, I think I fell in love with them back when I was twelve years old and read The Day of the Triffids!  Different species but very similar in essence! 
I love the implacable, unstoppable quality of zombies.  To me, zombies are a force of nature, like tsunamis, plagues and earthquakes.
In addition, disasters bring out the best and worst in people.  They allow everyday people an opportunity to emerge as heroes.  I love that element of self discovery!  Writing about zombies allowed me to place an ordinary mum in an extraordinary situation and explore the effect that has on her character – and that of other people.  Some people become stronger under severe stress; others fall apart.
And, of course, the ridiculous nature of a zombie attack in itself lends itself to moments of high humor.  How could I bypass that?
3) Do you think you will survive the zombie apocalypse? Any tips you’d like to share with us?
Isn’t that why people enjoy disaster and apocalyptic books?  We always imagine that we will have that special quality that sets us apart and allows us to survive! 
In reality (and yes, I am aware of the irony in combining that word and zombies in the same sentence), I think I would put up a damn good fight.  Like Lori, the heroine of my book, I have a family and I believe that I would fight like the proverbial tigress to keep them safe.  Plus, I’ve read heaps of zombie books – and written one!  That’s gotta give me some kind of advantage over the masses!
My tips:
       A) Run.
      B) Carry a sharp stick
      C) If someone with a big hole in their gut comes at you, stake them first and ask questions later
      D) When all else fails, see A


4) When you first started writing this book, did you have a clear idea of how it was going to go or did you just string ideas as you go?
Actually when I sat down to write this book, all I knew was that I was writing the story of a mum in a zombie apocalypse, and how it was going to end.  The rest just evolved.  One scene would logically flow into the next scene.  I would flesh out the scenes each morning when I took the dogs for their walk, and then come home and write them.  Nothing like fresh air and tropical surroundings to inspire the creative juices.
5) What kind of research did you do for this book?
A fair bit, surprisingly.  My heroine is a nurse, for one thing  – which I am not – so I had to do a bit of research to flesh out that aspect of the character.  But there were a lot of other subjects covered in the book that I needed to research, from what supplies are carried in an ambulance to amputations, army vehicles and even nuclear warfare.  I started to wonder if some government agency was red-flagging me because of the subjects I was researching!


6) Hahah. This might be the most appropriate questions for this interview. So if you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Alive?  It would have to be the cast of True Blood.  What can I say, I love that show, especially the gorgeous men on it.  Dinner would be infinitely more interesting with all of them sitting around the table!
Dead?  I would have to pick Elizabeth 1.  There was a woman who was intelligent, resourceful and ruthless when needed but still yearned for love and romance.


7) Which one is more fearful zombies or aliens?
Zombies, of course!  Unless you’re talking about THE Alien.  Brrr.  It took me three goes to actually watch that movie all the way through.

 

Interview at Bricks of the Dead

Bricks of the Dead: Dead Tropics is clearly oriented towards a feminine audience – it did not prevent me from enjoying it though – do you think that post apocalyptic stories for women is a genre that is under represented?

Sue Edge: Oh, Dead Tropics is aimed at parents in general. Parents can relate to that constant feeling of fear for your kids’ safety. Setting the story in a zombie environment really allowed me to tap into that fear. How do you keep your kids safe when danger is present everywhere?

I think women are definitely under represented in the zombie genre, much more so than the broader PA genre. Until the last couple of years, they were pretty much non-existent! And that was frustrating because I think male writers don’t tend to write about things that I, as a woman, want to read about. I love the guns, the violence and gore but I also want to know the little details. How does the virus spread? What happens to the families and people who aren’t armed to the teeth?

Read the rest of the interview at Bricks of the Dead