Thursday, September 23, 2010

PR Special Edition (14) Mira Grant Interview!

Poisoned Zombie Rationality Special Edition

Welcome to another Poisoned Zombie Rationality Special Edition!  Today we have Mira Grant, author of Feed answering some questions.  Also the picture I chose for this post is completely relevant to the topic at hand.  Though I doubt her chances of survival if she was up against a Zombie in that pic.

Synopsis:  The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

NOW, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

Was it your intention from the beginning to have the novel's narrator and main characters be more focused on how to live life as normally as possible despite the Zombie threat?

Yes.  I wanted to show the world twenty years after we "won" the fight against the living dead, and that meant I needed a society that had come at least close to one that I, and my readers, would be able to recognize.  Plus it was fun to build all the security systems.

In the 'extras' interview you mentioned a lot of the research you were able to do, including the epidemiology classes you could audit.  Did you go into those classes with an idea of how you wanted your Zombie outbreak to occur, or did it develop as you learned more about how illness can be spread amongst a population?

A little bit of both, actually.  When I first envisioned Feed, it was with much more traditional Romero zombies--they were originally dead.  That made my virology a lot simpler, but made everything else a lot harder.  It wasn't until I realized that my "zombies" were just infected humans that I was able to step back and see the whole picture.

Throughout Feed you sprinkle pop culture references to other famous Zombie-related works--such as George Romero being considered a veritable 'Hero' to the masses because of his movies.  Is Romero one of your favorite directors or were you just poking fun at a well known source of Zombie-love?

I love Romero.  He's one of my personal heroes.  James Gunn is another, but I couldn't quite get away with naming one of my protagonists after him. 

Best piece of Zombie Self Defense advice?
Get a tank.

Will each book feature a different narrator, or will it remain either Georgia or Shaun?
For the most part, all narration will come from either Shaun or Georgia.  I reserve the right to introduce a third narrator if necessary, but it isn't currently locked down.

Is there anyone you would like to see Zombiefied (in make up, not the actual bitey-variety)?
My mother.  She'd be THRILLED.

5 Quick Q's (Zombie Style)

1) Your favorite Zombie fighting weapon?  A tank.  Failing that, a shotgun.
2) Which would win in a fight--Zombies or Unicorns?  Can the unicorns become zombies?  If yes, zombies.  If no, unicorns.  They have MAGIC.

3) (One of) Your favorite Zombie movies? James Gunn's SLiTHER.
4) The most badass Zombie you can think of? Nemesis, from Resident Evil 2.  Or possibly Alice, from the same series of films, since she's bonded with the T-Virus and is thus, by in-universe standards, sort of a zombie.
5) Can there ever be too many Zombies? Yes.


Thank you Miraso much!  Feed is the first in the Newsflesh series with Book 2: Deadline due out in May 2011 and the final book, Blackout due out in 2012!  Additionally make sure to check out the anthology The Living Dead volume 2 edited by John Joseph Adams--Mira's short story "The Everglades" is set during the Rising!

Find out more about Mira at her website or at Seanan McGuire's website (her actual name, Mira is her pseudonym) or her blog at livejournal!  And read my review of Feed right here!

Feed  (*cover image, author photo and synopsis courtesy of author's website)