Posts Tagged ‘zombies’

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.

 

Book Review at Words I Write Crazy

“Dead Tropics is an excellent book, it’s got zombies, touching scenes, threat of death, and survival, Dead Tropics encases a great storyline, and characters! Lori’s had a lot of tough times, but she’s a strong leader, and if this was YA, I’d say that she was the opposite of a TSTL, because she takes charge, and she’s strong. Really loved that!…”

Read the whole review at Words I Write Crazy

 

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

 

Dead Tropics

Lego mockup of Dead Tropics

Yes, that’s right, folks!  A Lego mockup of a scene from my book!  That was not something I ever expected to see!

Read the whole review at Bricks of the Dead

 

Review of Dead Tropics at Horror News

“Finding originality in the zombie fiction genre is becoming quite a difficult task, but Permuted Press continue to find authors who are able to take a very hackneyed concept (the dead returning to life to feast on/massacre/infect the living) and create some very compelling stories.One such story is DEAD TROPICS by Sue Edge, which takes a look at the usual survival tropes through the eyes of a mother rather than your average badass/mercenary/chancer/Bruce Campbell knock-off…”

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Review of Dead Tropics at Horror News

Review of Dead Tropics Audio Book by The Guilded Earlobe

Dead Tropics by Sue Edge

Read by Cynthia Barrett

Published by Audible Frontiers/Permuted Press

Length: 9 Hrs

Genre: Zombie Outbreak

Quick Thoughts: While Dead Tropic has a pretty standard Zombie Outbreak plot, its unique setting and kick ass heroine gives it just enough edge to stand out in a crowded field.  Edge creates some incredibly cruel situations for her survivors, forcing her heroine to make decisions that will frustrate, thrill and shake the emotions of the readers. Sadly, the narrators inability to engage with the text blunted the visceral nature of some of the more graphic scenes of the novel.

Grade: B-

Read More at The Guilded Earlobe

 

That’s what she said…

caption competition for Dead Tropics

"Zombies? No, I just told her I'm confiscating her phone for a week."

Competition – Best caption wins copy of Dead Tropics ebook!

Competition ends 30th June 2012

From Triffids to Zombies

I blame my love of zombies on triffids.
Until I was twelve years old, my reading list was pretty tame.  It consisted of classics like the Prisoner of Zenda, horse stories such as My Friend Flicka and cute mysteries like Trixie Belden.  My deepest desires were to uncover a jewellery heist in the neighborhood and to own a horse that ran like the wind (courtesy of Black Stallion).
And then I read The Day of the Triffids.  A meteor that renders the world blind.  Flesh-hungry walking plants that roam the streets.  What a dream combination!

Review at Good Choice Reading

Check out the review at Good Choice Reading!

“Does anything get better than a mother trying to save her children from killer zombies in a tropical rainforest? I mean, it’s like the perfect equation for gore and suspense!

Dead Tropics actually surprised me with how fast the story jumped into the action. But even though it moved quickly, I still had enough time to actually care about all of the characters – which is pretty rare.”