One of the things people love/hate about my books is the fact that nobody is safe. I hate predictability. And I am not a fan of the know-it-all types who fashion unlikely escapes that would leave MacGyver shaking his head and saying, "Damn!"
I have said many times that I do not write with an outline. I allow the story to form around the words that come. Unfortunately, that has actually led to endings for characters that came as a surprise to me just as much as they did you.
As the 10th DEAD book began to unfold, I had ideas for most of my story lines. But a few had me absolutely flummoxed. I did as I always do, I started writing and let the story tell me where it was going to go. Maybe it was something I ate, or maybe it was the fatigue from the most recent cycle of the P90X workout, but it got dark and ugly pretty quick.
Before I knew it, I was on the way to someplace that will make a few readers back up and re-read the events leading up to where this eventually goes. I never apologize for how some characters come to an end. After all, this is a zombie apocalypse.
I even considered at one point scrapping everything I wrote and starting over. Alas, that would not be true to what I have created in this series. So remember, as you sit down to a DEAD book...whether it is book one, The Ugly Beginning, or the 10th, Reclamation...sometimes, evil wins. Sometimes, the good guys fail, and sometimes...a friend dies.
My trailer tells you, "Nobody is safe!"
You have been warned.