Monday, September 20, 2010

PR Special Edition (13) Jesse Petersen Interview

Poisoned Zombie Rationality Special Edition

Welcome to another Poisoned Zombie Rationality Special Edition!  Today we have Jesse Petersen author of Married With Zombies answering some questions! 

Synopsis: What happens when a married couple’s strained relationship meets the zombie apocalypse? For Sara and David, it turns out the zombie apocalypse is the best thing that ever happened to them, and they are learning that the couple that slays together, stays together.

Couples' therapy through fighting hordes of the undead--obviously in Married With Zombies this worked really well for David and Sarah. Is this a recommended method for saving a relationship in your opinion?

Well, I think if you can avoid the whole “Zombie” thing it’s probably pretty good (not a great survival ratio there), but I think a lot of the tenants of MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES apply to a good marriage. Trusting each other, finding common elements, working together to solve problems, that sort of thing. It’s all about finding common ground… and for David and Sarah that common ground is escaping the damn zombies.

In the 'extras' bit of the book, the reporter Zanderson (which by the way I see what you did there--Silver Fox indeed!) questions the two about their strategy and what inspired them. Are their answers what helps you come up with (sometimes very) unique ways for the couple to fight off the hordes?

You know, that interview was super fun to put together, but I actually wrote it long after the book. MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES really just came to me, unfolding like a movie in my head (which is not normally how I write). Things would happen and it seemed like the reactions would just be “normal” for people in that kind of stressful situation. You use what’s near you to kill the zombies, I think. So stiletto, toilet seat, book… it all makes sense. At least to me.

Do you prefer the comedic Zombie movies (such as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland to the more hardcore zombie films such the Living Dead films or Resident Evil?

I love all variety of zombie flicks, but I always like horror with a twist of humor. I want to be scared AND laugh at the same time. I’m not sure what that says about me. I’ll have to think on it. LOL

Do you have any other books in the works following the second book Flip This Zombie?

I’m actually working on the third book in the “Living With the Dead” series. It’s called THE ZOMBIE WHISPERER and comes out next June. All the books feature Sarah and David as the main characters and it’s been really fun to keep following them through their zombie journey.

If you could set up your writer's desk anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I think it would be really nice to have my desk where I could see the ocean. Just hearing the waves and feeling the breeze through the window would be very calming. Though it might make my zombie books way more mellow. Zombies drinking cocktails and playing limbo. Actually, there’s an idea. Island Zombies.

The best tip for surviving a Zombie Apocalypse with your significant other?

Be a team. I think that’s the thing Dave and Sarah have to learn in the beginning of the book and I think it’s the thing that keeps all couples together. It’s you against the world. And the zombies and stuff.

5 Quick Q's (Zombie Style)

1) Your favorite Zombie fighting weapon?  I’m big on the shotgun as a practical weapon. It’s deadly and easy and awesome. But as far a “fun” weapon, I do like the baseball bat. Machete is also fun. Shovel. Weed whacker. Garden tools in general are awesome.

2) Which would win in a fight--Zombies or Unicorns?  Unicorns have horns and they can think on a much higher level than zombies. So I’d say unicorn in the long term, but lots of them would get turned into zombie unicorns and that is freaking TERRIFYING. Actually I just bought a t-shirt with a zombie unicorn on it and it is terrifying.

3) (One of) Your favorite Zombie movies?  I’d say “Shaun of the Dead” because it’s so hilarious and well-balanced as far as a zombie story goes.

4) The most badass Zombie you can think of?  The zombie dogs in Resident Evil are pretty awful. I’m already scared of Dobermans, though.

5) Can there ever be too many Zombies?  If you’re running from them, sure. If you’re watching a cool movie or reading a book about them, probably never. I mean, the more zombies the better. They are scarier in bigger groups.