Jesse Petersen- The Zombie Question

The Jesse Petersen is here today guys… YES. The author of the Living With The Dead series- the books that STARTED my love affair with all things zombie! So as you can imagine- I’m having a major *fangirl* moment.

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The Zombie Question


Hi everyone! And thanks to Ashley for including me in her Zombie Craze blog series! I’m so pleased to be here. So the thing people always ask me when they see what kind of books I write is why zombies? Well, not all people, just the people who don’t “get” zombies.

For me, it started with movies rather than books. I was never allowed to watch many scary movies as a kid (too much imagination = too many nightmares) so as an adult and being married to a big movie buff, I’ve hadthis huge education in the genre. I found that I really liked the idea of the big, lumbering zombie who just wants to get to you and eat you. There’s no arguing with that or bargaining. Zombies are completely incorruptible that way.They just want what they want. Scary movies like Resident Evil or Night of the Living Dead or 28 Days Later scared the crap out of me.

And yet the movies I loved most in the genre of “zombie”were the funny movies. It’s silly to think of zombies, as much as it’s scary.They lose their arms and they still stagger on. They wear whatever they were turned in, so you can see funny things like stripper zombies or naked zombies or cop zombies, roaming around, staggering into yards and grunting and groaning.

So the movies that influenced me most as a writer were Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. If you’ve never seen them, you really must.They are funny and human and silly and scary and just plain, AWESOME. In fact,after watching “Zombieland” was when I got the idea for my own zombie comedy, MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES. Starting with a couple in therapy, advancing to a therapist whohad been turned into a zombie and continuing with the couple trying to use marriage advice to make it through a zombie apocalypse. I played with all the tropes in zombie fiction, I watched every zombie movie ever made (or so it seemed) and I had a ball making brain bashing fun.

Luckily, Orbit Books also had a ball reading it and they bought the book and asked me to write two more in the “Living With the Dead”series. FLIP THIS ZOMBIE (business advice to survive a zombie apocalypse) and EAT SLAY LOVE (general self-help for your zombie apocalypse) follow my MWZ main characters David and Sarah as they continue to fight and love their way through zombie hell. EAT SLAY LOVE is out July 1, the others are available now.

So are you guys zombie fans? And what makes you love a zombie?

Oh and I am soooo thankful that Orbit Books loved the Living With the Dead series … or else I may never have discovered my love of zombie books! *ahem* Zombieland is also one of my favorite movies EVER…

Jesse Petersen in all her awesomeness, is giving away a copy of the first book in her Living With The Dead series… (SO GOOD! You MUST read it!)

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Zombie Craze 2011

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50 Responses to Jesse Petersen- The Zombie Question

  1. Kelly says:

    I love this series! Thanks so much for the interview, I have been looking forward to it since you first announced it. Jesse Petersen is amazing.

  2. Misha says:

    Great guest post! I have watched Shaun of the Dead – loved it!I have just read one zombie book, but I can say that I am a fan.

  3. Shelagh says:

    Ash – more zombie goodness! Who knew there was so much to be had?!I am dying to get my grubby mitts on a copy of Married With Zombies the whole premise just appeals to me on so many levels. (Damn my geographical position for these awesome giveaways *sulks momentarily*)Great guest post and although I haven't had much of an education in all things zombie I did love Shaun of The Dead and enjoyed 28 Days Later.Keep 'em coming! BraaiiinnnssssShelaghThe Word Fiend

  4. I am haven't really read any books on them yet. I am reading my first soon after Passion. I love them as movies. They just scare me and I love scary movies that maybe could happen? I def like the newer ones better then the older cause they move so much faster and are more scary.

  5. D. Scandal says:

    Great interview. I've never read zombie books before but I think I'm going to have to try some!

  6. Andrea says:

    Zombies have been bad guys in the books I've read. Thanks to the Bookish Brunette, I'm quickly changing my thinking! Thanks for the great post!

  7. Jessi says:

    Oh, Zombieland. :-) Such a fun movie! If this series got you started on zombies, Ash, then I MUST read it, right? I mean, most of the time we agree on bookish things. :-)

  8. Shaun of the Dead is by far the best zombie comedy…I laughed my a** off!! Great guest post! Another series for my zombie wishlist!I would consider myself a fan of zombies! What do I love most about zombies? Their perseverance and infamous line: Brraaaaiiiinnnnssssss!!!

  9. Ahh, I liked Zombieland. It was a pretty fun movie to watch. I like zombies, but sometimes they scare me. But I like how they are funny. Zombies aren't smart and tend to do idiotic things. :)

  10. Chey says:

    I love zombie movies. I haven't read any zombie books yet (I know, bad, right?) but a good zombie movie can scare the crap out of me. After watching them I get super paranoid as well. Thanks for sharing! :D

  11. Jenny says:

    You know, it would be super unfortunate to be turned into a zombie when I was naked. No good. It would be especially unfortunate for everyone who would then have to see me in all my naked zombie glory. *shudders* And I've gone off on a naked tangent. Super:)Such a fun guest post! I'm learning so much about zombies with this whole Zombie Craze!

  12. What a great blog post. I'm the same way… parents refused to let me watch anything scary since my imagination was always worse then the movie! lolOh and yes, I have become a zombie fan of late. I so have been enjoying the genre. I think what you said was perfect… zombies have one goal and they are incorruptable! :DI have the first book on my tbr and can't wait to get to it!

  13. Mel says:

    Shaun of the Dead is one of my favourite films ever!! I love the mixture of comedy and horror. Same for Zombieland (although annoyingly I'm having trouble finding it on DVD in the UK). That mix of genres works so well as real life is like that! Great post!

  14. lol. This totally ties into our convo on twitter! Scary movies= BAD for ppl who have imagination. Jesse Peterson is a funny lady, thanks for having her on Ashley!

  15. ruth says:

    I had a zombie need last summer and read FEED by Mira Grant. So far loving Eat Slay Love.

  16. Lyssa Anne says:

    I'm kind of on the fence about I zombies. I don't love them, but I don't hate them. I like them, so I guess I am kind of on one side of the fence.I loved Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. I prefer the funny movies to the scary ones. The thing that turns me off about zombies is when they're too gross. That's probably why I like the funny zombie movies better. The funny makes me not focus on the grossness as much.

  17. II love zombies! They're my favourite monsters and the concept of zombies is one that leads to much entertainment very easily.

  18. I have never read a book about Zombies. I refuse to even watch Zombie movies after seeing 28 days later. I feel i need to get over this fear so I'm going to try out this series! Quite excited actually.Also I just had a look at the Blog Archive and the last 20 or so posts have been about Zombies; I'm obviously missing out on something!

  19. Rie Conley says:

    I wasn't, but I think Ashley is converting me!

  20. Jennie says:

    I love zombies! I really love books and movies where there's lots of zombie slaying. When it comes to movies, I love the comedy ones. But for zombie books, I also love the dramatic and action filled ones. :D

  21. Missie says:

    Okay, don't tell Ashley, but yeah… I'd do a zombie… book.LOLZombieland and Shawn of the Dead are so freaking funny, and now that I think of it, I see a common thread in each. The acting like a zombie to fool the real zombies to not eat you. Genius! Thanks Bill Murry and that chick who did the in-prompt acting class. But I got to admit. If I'm gonna do a zombie book, it's gonna have the old fashion zombies. The ones that fall apart but keep on truckin'.

  22. Book Sake says:

    I am a zombie fan and I love them because, well, they are usually portrayed as mindless things going after one thing with all the passion in the world. And there are so many great ways for them to be killed, which is always great fun!

  23. Alyssa@Teens Read and Write says:

    Zombieland and and Shaun of the Dead are hysterical. I'll have to check out this series!

  24. Kristin says:

    I loved 28 Days Later and only really saw zombies as mindless or goofy killers until Lia Habel's book made them fairly normal creatures who could even be love interests. Though I don't think I could go the zombie-lovin' route. Decomposition, no matter how slow, is just gross.And there are a lot of zombie books out there I've recently discovered (many on this blog) and am dying to read.So I guess since I enjoy reading about people killing them or loving them, I'd have to call myself a zombie fan.

  25. Hey everyone! Sorry I didn't pop in sooner, we sold our house over the weekend and are getting ready for a househunting trip across country so… been a little nutty! But I wanted to wave! So hi!!!!

  26. titania86 says:

    I am a huge zombie fan. I love that this particular monster lends itself to a variety of different genres (comedy, romance, horror) and is used in really different ways.

  27. I love zombies not sure why but the idea of them nibbling on a brain makes me lol that and the thought of blasting off their heads with a shotgun. Ah it brings out the bad ass in me :) I'd enter if it was for Eat Slay Love as it's the one I'm missing the other two arrived today, thanks amazon :) See told you I loved zombies. Gotta get the third one soon. I'll leave Married with Zombies for someone who doesn't have it yet.

  28. Rebecca says:

    This is so great! thanks for the

  29. Mandi says:

    Great interview! I have been meaning to read her series for a while now.I love zombies! No clue why but I find books about them interesting!

  30. Marjie Pride says:

    I love that Zombies can be so versatile totally terrifying or absolutely loveable just depends where each other takes them!

  31. Vivien says:

    I love zombies. I really enjoy the sense of impending doom. Really scary…

  32. vvb32 reads says:

    when it comes to movies, i like the shaun and zombieland kind as well – the kind you can actually run away from.

  33. M.A.D. says:

    I love zombies! They're my favorite creature feature of all time – 28 Days Later and the *original* Night of the Living Dead creep me out every single time. I think it's the relentless nature of the zombie that makes them so fascinating to behold. They're like the Energizer Bunnies from H*ll … LOLGotta read Married With Zombies :D

  34. Only read Die for Me by Amy Plum (Revenants count right? they come back from the dead = ZOMBIES) but LOVE LOVE LOVED IT :D Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  35. Pabkins says:

    I was just about to buy the first book in the bookstore the other day to add to my zombie book collection. Now maybe I'll win instead!

  36. Pabkins says:

    I am definitely a zombie fan. I have a shelf in my library dedicated to just zombie books. I have zombie dreams and my coworker and I play a little game we dubbed "zombie bomb". We thought it up after I bought that book Zombie Haiku. So we write our own little zombie haiku's and leave them on post it notes on people's desks. With – you've been zombie bombed. Sometimes I give people some backstory conjured from lack of caffeine and chocolate… for context. Thanks for the giveaways!!

  37. I'm a huge zombie fan. I love all kinds – the funny, the scary, and the super fast (though if I'm ever in a zombie apocalypse, I want them to be super-slow)Currently, my favorite zombies are from Walking Dead.

  38. Miss Lauren says:

    Thanks for the post, Jessi! Why am I a zombie fan? Because most of the time they are slow, so I can get aways. Why do I love zombies? Because they eat people. :)

  39. Andra says:

    I love the way zombies change people. It can bring out the good or the bad in someone and its always cool to get that look into their character :D

  40. Peggy says:

    I have only read one zombie book at that was "Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls." I'm getting ready to start the original one soon. I love zombie movies and would love to read more books of this type. I love that zombies seem like they could totally be real someday and I love 'scary movies.'

  41. usagi, says:

    Shaun of the Dead/Zombieland are tied for favorite comedic zombie movies of all time. I think I love the idea of zombies because it's something that's always been with us as humans since the time we crawled out of the dark and into consciousness. It's something that's scared us – going completely feral, going completely animal, and literally eating our fellow man with no regrets. If anything, in these times, I think it scares us all the more.Kind of a deep analysis of why we love zombies, but that's my answer for now. :3

  42. sinn says:

    I have loved zombies since I saw a clip from Night of the Living Dead when I was a kid. Unfortunately, my mother kept me pretty sheltered, so I didn't get to enjoy zombies movies until I was much older. Something about the abject really appeals to me, and the concept that death doesn't necessarily protect us from the id. I'm sure Freud would have a lot to say about that, but . . . ^_^

  43. eclairre says:

    Im not particularly a fan, but I love them the most out of werewolves or vampires! lol

  44. i love zombies! since i was a little kid, ive always watched scary movies and i stumbled upon zombies and i was a goner. :) my favorite movie would have to be resident evil. love it! the zombies are out of it, the killing is awesome.

  45. Julie S says:

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I've only recently started reading zombie books. They are really cool!juliecookies(at)

  46. I don't know any actual zombies, but I like pretty much everyone…unless they want to eat me!

  47. For me to love a zombie, they need to shine through the gloom of their fellow undead. They need to have their zombie-strut down, at least some of their brain hanging out, and more than ten seconds of air time. A zombie that makes me sympathize for them when they're definitely playing for the other team also wins them some points. Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead are awesome!!! Congratulations, JP, for such an awesome series!

  48. Oh poo I can't enter…sad face..being Aussie hurts sometimes, but I can babble anyway. Cool title Eat, Slay, Love.Michelle A

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