Please welcome Emma Shortt to the virtual offices this morning! She dropped by to chat about her zombie romance Waking Up Dead.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Emma Shortt] Right now I’m typing away in an oversize Firefly tee shirt, and my huge spectacles. At some point today I might actually get dressed *lies*.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Waking Up Dead?
[Emma Shortt] Waking up Dead is a book that explores the following question: where there is horror can there be love? The horror comes from the zombies, and the love blossoms between my heroine (Jackson) and my hero (Luke).
I’m a huge horror fan and I devour romance, so in my mind it made sense to combine the two. Plus, it was a book that I wanted to read, if that makes sense, and I looked for it everywhere but couldn’t find it, so I wrote it instead.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Emma Shortt] It just came to me. All my books arrive in my mind pretty much fully formed. I don’t plan them or anything. With Waking up Dead I knew immediately that it would have to be zombies. I have a very weird relationship with zombies. I both loathe and love them.
Once the zombies were there Jackson arrived, then Luke, then all my other characters, and before I knew it I was typing away.
The thing about this story is that it came out exactly how I imagined it to be. Not all my books do, sometimes I feel the final product does not match the story I had envisioned and I can’t work out why. But with WD? As soon as it was finished it felt right.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Jackson?
[Emma Shortt] Impulsive. Steely. Kooky.
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