by Angel Lawson
Publication date: July 9th 2012
Genre: Zombies, Romance, Humor
Ruby Miller has her summer all planned out. Sitting by the pool. Babysitting for some extra cash. Packing for college. All of that changes when a fan video Ruby and her best friend, Iris, create goes viral gaining their little fansite a ton of hits and the attention of the big wigs in Hollywood.
Ruby and Iris fall into the world of actors, movie sets, teen stars and elusive artists. Not only is their friendship put to the test when Ruby’s cast in the lead role of the newest zombie flick, she must straddle the line between fiction and reality, love and lust, and being true to herself.
You never know when inspiration will take hold. In the shower (Wraith), during a car ride (FanGirl), on a boat (Serial Summer), during a run (99% of all my ideas). Inspiration has to take hold–sort of like a grip before you can really do anything productive. It’s a driving force. For me, like everything else, it generally starts with an obsession.
I have a thing about vampires. Like a thing. Several times in 2007-2008 people told me to read the book Twilight. I would always say, “It’s not a good idea. I sort of have a vampire problem.” You know, one that started with Lestat, inflated with Buffy and Angel and then kind of dove head first down a really weird, life changing Twilight related situation. I know, I know, Twilight, but whatever. We all have our things. Vampires have always been my thing.
In 2011 I had finished a YA paranormal book Wraith. It was about ghosts. I wanted to write something else, something sort of contemporary, yet…not contemporary. I thought about what I knew really well. I knew two things. 1. Vampires. 2. Fandom. But I didn’t want to write about Vampires. In some ways I had sort of moved past them (Ghosts, right?) but at the time only one thing was really keeping me up at night and that was zombies.
Ask anyone that knows me in real life, “Does Angel really believe in the possibility of Zombies?” They will stare at you for a minute, maybe hesitate to try to come out with something rational and ultimately, in the end they would probably say, “Yeah, I’m pretty sure she does.”
Because that is what a geek I am.
I don’t really like to be scared. Being scared…scares me. I don’t sleep. I obsess. I over think. I plot escape plans. I grow paranoid. I was at SDCC 2010 when The Walking Dead was the big thing. I had no idea what it was and did not have a lot of interest. Why? I already told you. I like VAMPIRES not zombies. But since I’m a glutton for all things SDCC and clearly follow pop culture too closely, I decided I needed to get in on this zombie situation from the beginning.
Uh, bad idea.
First was the problem TWD was filmed, like, 5 miles from where I live. Then there was the fact it was like…disturbingly real. THEN there was the fact, I was pretty sure that shifty movement outside my window was, infact, a dead person.
Right. After TWD premiered I did not sleep for a least 6 months. Which was around the time I decided to write that contemporary-ish, YA novel that had something to do with Fandom but nothing to do with zombies and since all I could think about 24/7 was how the real CDC is 2 miles from my house and if they weren’t ready then omg we were all in a shit-ton of trouble.
So that’s the backstory of WHY I wrote FanGirl, which is not about zombies as much as about a girl who really, really, loves zombies and in particular one zombie universe (Zocopalypse) and how she free-falls into that creative world. FanGirl and Zocopalypse are a story in a story. Something that really appeals to me as a real-life fangirl. It’s the story about how a graphic novel inspires a tv-movie, that inspires a girl to grow up and find what she really wants in life. Which is pretty common for us as humans and consumers of entertainment to be have life changing moments by things we’re inspired by.
Like, if I had never gone head first down the bizarre world of Twilight I never would have written a book about Ghosts or Zombies or, well, Vigilantes, and more recently, world building about Shide and fae and portals and magic. That spark has to come from somewhere.
I consider myself a Jack-of-all-Trades artist. I teach art, I write, I try to mess around on the computer (I fail at this) I’m lucky to surround myself with creative types. Photographers, artists, designers… For the book FanGirl I wanted to really cross over the medium of just words. I wanted pictures and imagery to expand from the world of FanGirl to the world of Zocopalypse (see? Story in a Story.) I was able to make this happen (with a lot of help). Writing for me is never just about putting out a book–it’s about creating something larger.
That is my favorite thing about FanGirl
~About the Author~
Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.
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