The Next Big Thing


Guess what? I’m taking part in The Next Big Thing – a cool book promotion meme started up by’ve been tagged by Sara Grant, author of the wonderfully creepy DARK PARTIES. So here goes!

What is the working title of your book?

THE NORTH – that’s probably going to change.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My love affair with all things zombie. There hasn’t been a lot of zombie stuff written for teens so I thought to take a shot at it.

What genre does your book fall under?

YA apocalypse – is that a genre? If not then dark fantasy or fantasy/horror.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

No actors of any familiarity come to mind and really, I think it would be pretty cool to use just plain old teenagers for added realism.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s six months after the end of all things and a group of teen militia break out of a zombie infested city in a pair of armored personnel carriers.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Thirty days, believe it or not. I wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo 2011!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Zom-B by Darren Shan … but that’s as far as I would go. The zombies are not the main antagonists in my story. Someone else is pulling the strings. 🙂

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I wouldn’t say a specific person inspired me. Nor would I say that an event did either. It was just an interesting premise that I thought to experiment with and it turned out to be a thriller of a story. Everything in this story happens within thirty six hours.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I think the mere fact there are no adults. It’s really a story of a fifteen year old kid who has been put into a command position within his militia unit because all the grown ups are dead. He has his eight year old sister with him and it’s truly about my protagonist fighting to save his sister’s life. He rationalizes that if he can save her then he can save himself so there’s a very strong element of familial responsibility. It’s a story that is horrifically violent, too. Possibly more violent than what readers of YA are used to.


Next up? Deadtown series author Nancy Holzner!


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