Today, I am pleased to have the lovely and talented Julianne Snow hop off the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour Train for a visit. She is the author of Days with the Undead: Book One and it is my pleasure to introduce her to those of you who may not yet know her. So, step right up and say howdy...
Describe your first zombie “experience”?
I was six years old and home from school for the day. My mother bundled me up on the couch and gave me the remote control before going about her daily routine. I flicked channels and happened upon a grainy black and white movie that had just started. It was Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. From that moment I was hooked and I’ve never looked back.
Favorite Dawn of the Dead (original) moment? Remake?
My favorite moment from the original Dawn of the Dead is a toss-up between the raid scene in the beginning in the apartment building then the Zombie takes a chunk out of the woman’s shoulder and arm (it was the first time I’d seen Zombies in color!) and first scenes of the Zombies in the mall with the doctor talking in the background (I love the juxtaposition of normal and the undead).
My favorite part of the 2004 remake is one of the first scenes when the young girl who has been turned into a Zombie appears at the end of the hallway in Ana’s house. There’s the moment of panic because they think she’s been hurt which quickly changes to fear when they realize what she is. I love the sound of her hitting the bathroom door too!
What is the last zombie book you read?
Can I say my own? I just finished reading the second book in the series which is slated for release later this year.
Before that I read David Wellington’s Monster Island for the fourth time. If you haven’t read it, I suggest picking up a copy. It’s one of my favorites!
What makes your story stand out from the masses?
It’s told as a complete narrative. There is no dialogue in the entire series and while that may be disconcerting to some, it truly lends a different feel to the entire story. It’s like someone is telling you what happened and that messes with your head and takes you even deeper into it.
What will you tackle next? (If you are writing a series, what will you write after the series is over?)
I have quite a few things planned. I’m working on three collaborative projects, none of which contain a single Zombie. I can’t talk about any of them just yet, but I’m so excited to share the news with my family, friends and fans soon!
On another note, I can tell you that I have a short collection of Zombie stories releasing in the next few weeks! These are stories that showcase the different possibilities of what can be done within the genre.
Worst reaction you have received about your writing?
I’m not sure this counts but… I received a review on Days with the Undead: Book One that kept harping on the fact the book was short even though it isn’t. The reviewer kept referring to it as a short novella and other such things. I found it hilarious that my full-length novel that compelled them to keep reading to the point they finished it quickly was used against it in such a way. To each their own, but I’d have to say that’s the only thing that sticks out to me at the moment.
And on the flip side, what is the best… the one that almost embarrassed you it was so effusive?
Is there a place where I can sign up to get one of those?? I’d have to say that I haven’t gotten a review that has either almost embarrassed or embarrassed me with its effusiveness. Don’t get me wrong, I love great reviews just like the next person!
If any of your work was to be made into a film, which piece, and who is THE big star you would love to see in the leading role?
I’d love to see Days with the Undead on the big screen. Even though there is no dialogue in the books, it can certainly be added and many of my readers have told me they could the story unfolds like a movie in front of their eyes as they read it. If I had to choose someone to play Julie, the main character, I would have to go with either Emily Blunt or Maggie Gyllenhaal.
What is the scariest movie you have ever seen?
Well I still can’t watch the first Alien movie all the way through after being scarred at the age of four. I’m fine to get to the same point I did then, but after that, things get a little hazy… I know Ellen Ripley survives and I love the quadrilogy, I just can’t seem to make it through the first film completely.
The original [•REC] scared me pretty good as well. It was not what I expected and I loved it!
What is something about you that would surprise your fans?
I have subscriptions to five different scientific academic journals that I read every month. Two deal with infectious diseases, while the others cover topics and discoveries in physical anthropology, forensic science and neuroscience. Sometimes, I find an idea that sparks a thread of fiction and I run with it.
What is in your “to be read” pile right now?
Sometimes I wonder what isn’t there! I have a James Rollins book I’m dying to get into and I’m technically 2 behind on what he’s released. I’ve got Griffin Hayes’ serial Primal Shift started so I’m just trying to find a few moments to finish that up. Those and host of other novels, novellas and short story collections I’ve picked up along the way.
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It’s a journal of survival.
Five people set out to escape the Undead who have risen too close to home. Join the emotional and physical struggle as they began on the third day after the awakening of Brooks VanReit, as they are recorded from the point of view of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist.
Each entry is geared toward helping those who want to help themselves and maybe give a few that don’t a swift kick in the ass. Join our group of survivors on their journey through these Days with the Undead.
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