As you all know, I'm right dab in the middle of revising my zombie western romance called WANTED: Dead or Undead. The revisions are almost done too, and I have a really snazzy cover, designed by Author Creations, that I'll reveal at a later time. I'm excited. I am. This is the first novel in which I wrote something out of the norm (for me, anyway. I usually write contemporary stuff. For some of you, zombies are nothing, child's play).
All my life, I've been pretty predictable, and so to step outside my comfort zone (which is writing contemporary YA and Adult novels) took some getting used to. I don't know the first thing about writing horror stories or cowboy westerns or even romance, and yet, I decided to combine all three and test myself. A pretty big gamble if I do say so. Will it work? I won't know until I put it out there for my beta readers to read, which will be soon. (I'll let you know what they say when the time comes). But still, to even tackle something so different, and love it, has to mean something.
When I tell people I'm writing a zombie western romance, most people ask (my own mother included. I think she was wanting to find out what kind of a daughter she'd raised), "So you have a zombie romance set in the wild wild west?" (This is asked with brows raised and a hint of "you're odd" coating the words).
No! Of course not! That's weird! Zombies in love with other zombies, or heaven forbid humans in love with zombies, that would be really, really weird! I made a remark on twitter about how such a thing would be strange and boy did people respond. I was sent this following Youtube clip by a follower (I like how they incorporated a whole heck of a lot of genres in this one):
And this one (not for the squeamish, by the way):
Then I was reminded about Fido (one zombie movie I thought brilliantly funny) and the zombie love that permeates this movie:
Regardless, I still think loving zombies in more than an admiration from afar kind of way, is odd. It would take a lot of guts (pun intended) to place a kiss on the rotting mouth of a zombie. All I know, is that should my husband, whom I love more than anything even after 17 years of marriage, become zombified, I will shoot him in the head. Maybe even twice. I'm not keeping him around, that's for sure. And I hope he would do the same for me.
So I do like zombies, but I have my limit folks. Zombie love-love is highly bizarre. The only romance going on in my book is between humans. The zombies are purely a device to bring the humans together--just the way I like my zombies, scary and a means to motivate the humans into taking action.
How about you? How do you take your zombies--funny or scary? Leave a comment and let me know you've been here. I'll pop over to your place if you do.
*This is a strange post. I realize this. Sorry.
7/29/2011 10:21:33 am
That sounds like a truly different kind of story you're working on there. Zombies are something that, while they've been done to death, there is always an interesting angle you can approach them with. I liked the bit about shooting your husband in the head. That would sound really weird out of context. :P
If my drink is big enough, I'll take my zombies on the rocks with a twist...LOL...actually I like the idea of humorous zombies or humorous anything... listen to your beta readers, but stay true to your heart. it worked for JK Rowling...
7/29/2011 01:11:56 pm
You have a cool concept for your book, Angela. Especially since Cowboys & Aliens came out today. *grin*
8/1/2011 01:58:22 pm
ANYTHING can work if you stick to your vision. Just look at some of the "weirdo-but-really-cool" books out there. I am excited to see how it all turns out! I have never gone out of my way to choose stories with zombies. That said - I have read some really cool books with zombies in them. Keep us posted.
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