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'.