Now I am not a huge zombie fan but I loved Jesse's Living with the Dead series! I don't think I have read so many books in the same series in such a short time frame before. They were so much fun!
I hope you all enjoy this interview and check out Jesse's books. Also make sure you enter the contest for your chance to win one of Jesse's Zombie fun filled action books ;)
Jesse - The Living With the Dead series is about a couple on the verge of divorce who get caught up in a zombie outbreak started in Seattle (where they live). In the first book they use their marriage couselor's advice to escape the city, in the second they start a small business and in the third they pretty much try to save the world.
Amber - How did you come up with the idea for the series? Was
it a long process or did it just come to you?
Jesse - I actually just had the idea for the scene where Dave and Sarah realize their marriage couselor is a zombie and sat down and wrote the book.
Amber - Are Sarah and David based on a couple you know? Was it easy working with them or were they high maintenance characters?
Amber - Did you always wanted to be an author?
Jesse - I have always wanted to write and have been lucky enough to be able to live that dream since my first book was released in 2005. And this series (which came out in 2010) just continues that dream.
Amber - I am not a huge fan of zombies but I am loving this series. Are you a huge fan of zombies?
Jesse - I love zombies! I love zombie movies with a funny twist best like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, but I'll take a good creepy zombie movie, too.
Amber - Did you have to do a lot of research for the books? Watch a lot of the Walking Dead?
Amber - How about the marriage problems Sarah & David face? Research or more personal experience?
Jesse - Research. I have a great husband.
Amber - I was a late starter but you are already three books into the series. Are you done or will there be more?
Jesse - The series is, unfortunately, over at this point. My publisher doesn't want more books. But there is a short story collection out set in the same world called IN THE DEAD that you can get for just 99 cents. And I'm getting lots of requests to write more, so if I do I would publish those works independently and offer them on Kindle/Nook. My Facebook/Twitter and website are a great place to keep up with all that news.
Amber - What else are you working on? More zombie's? Something completely different?
Amber - What books do you enjoy reading? Do you have any favourite authors/series?
Jesse - I read across the board but to me saying something is my favorite book is like trying to pick a favorite movie! It is so dependent on mood and genre and so many other factors.
Amber - What are you listening and watching lately? Is there any music or other media that influences your writing?
Jesse - I don't actually listen to music while writing. With the zombies being set in a comtemporary world, I definitely sometimes get sparks of ideas from what I watch (anime, news, reality tv, etc).
Amber - Favourite Zombie movie? Why?
Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be and why?
Jesse - I think I'd always choose to be more hunter than monster. Too much hair/blood drinking/itchiness/scaling for me.
Amber - Thank you for being a guest on the blog! I hope you will stop by again sometime.
Living with the Dead
#1 - Married With Zombies
#2 - Flip This Zombie
#3 - Eat Slay Love
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