Interview & Giveaway! Fatal by T.A. Brock #zOctober2014



by T.A. Brock
Series: Fatal #1
Publication date: March 11th 2014
by Omnific Publishing
Category: YA
Genre: Horror, Zombies

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First love can be brutal. Sometimes it can be Fatal.

Grayson Patch hasn’t been human since he was seventeen years old…and that was nineteen years ago. When he rose from the dead, he had no memory of his former life. Grayson desperately wants to recapture his lost humanity, and he’s been told that there is one person in this world who can save him from his current fate before he begins to decompose. One person whose life must be sacrificed for his.

Cori Abbott has a million things to worry about. She’s the new girl in a school that’s a fraction of the size of her old one. Her antisocial tendencies are crippling her ability to make new friends. And then there’s the recent, sudden death of her father, the only man who ever understood her. The last thing Cori wants is the attention of a strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. A guy she can’t stop thinking about.

Will Cori break through Grayson’s cold exterior and find the human within, the boy who can love and understand her like no other? Will Grayson sacrifice Cori to rid himself of his undead curse, even if it means losing her forever?

~Author Interview~

Hello T! Thanks for being here on My Book Addiction for zOctober 2014!

Please tell us about the Fatal series!

Thanks, so much for having me on today! Okay, so my take on zombies is quiiiiiite different than typical. This makes some zombie enthusiasts mad, but others love it. Some don’t like the “watered down” approach I’ve taken; others prefer it. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. I think it’s kind of a pass/fail thing with my zombs, and I’m totally okay with that. In a nutshell, the zombies in my series are infected, die, rise, and live their lives as any normal human would (with the exception of a strict diet of raw meat and water… and a few other fine details) UNTIL they reach a certain age. That’s when their brain starts to deteriorate, bringing about the loss of faculties, and they begin to rot. So, as you can see, in Fatal the undead live amongst the humans, pretty much undetected. Ahem, except when one of them loses it and starts infecting people. Oopsie.

I’m totally intrigued, now. Nicely done! So, what is your favorite holiday and why?

Oh, this is tough. I’m a holiday junkie to the max. I even decorate for Labor Day. Just kidding. ☺ But seriously. I love so many holidays, it’s hard to pick just one. It would be cool if I could choose like, a season instead of a single holiday. I’d choose Fall because almost everything awesome happens in the Fall. I was married in October. There’s Halloween. My first child was born in November. I was born in November. Thanksgiving. Black Friday (which is sometimes not so awesome, but can be suuuuper awesome if you happen to escape with that coveted crockpot without getting mauled). And don’t forget pumpkin everything, turning leaves, cool weather, bonfires, s’mores, hayrides, haunted houses, and sweaters. BUT. If you had a knife to my throat and I HAD to choose one single day… It’d be Christmas. Which, yes, I realize, isn’t even in my favorite season. Go figure.

LOL, that’s okay. I like your season answer better. 🙂 I’m super excited about The Dark Carnival anthology releasing this month. Can you tell us about your experience writing for an anthology and maybe a bit about your contribution to the collection?

Writing for this anthology was SO much fun. It was my very first short story attempt, and was such an eye-opening experience for me. To be able to tell a story in short form is no easy task when you’re used to writing 300 page novels. But the challenge really stretched my boundaries as a writer, which I’m glad for. For the collection, each writer had to choose a particular aspect of a haunted carnival. A game, ride, attraction, food, ect. I chose the Ring Master! And oh, yes, it’s one of my all-time favorite things I’ve written. Someday, maybe I’ll expand on the idea and make it a full-length book.

I can totally understand, although I’m dealing with the opposite challenge. There is something about writing a short story that makes you want to turn it into a full-length novel, though. I have plans for both of mine.

What is your favorite zombie book? Movie? Video game?

Book- World War Z.
Movie- World War Z.
Game- I um, don’t have a favorite video game *filled with so much shame*

That’s okay. I barely have time to game anymore with everything else I have going on.

Do you like the traditional slow shambling zombies or the wicked fast ones?

Can I say both? Because that’s the case. As you can tell from my answer above, I’m a HUGE fan of quick zombs. For me, they’re just infinitely scarier. But I’m also very passionate about Walking Dead style zombies as well. See, you can kill those easier though, because they’re slow. Fast ones are just a terrifying blur of hopelessness.

You absolutely can say both! I like both as well. I just hope that if the zombie apocalypse ever does happen, they are the slow ones.

If you could create your very own zombie cocktail, what would be in it and what would you call it?

Yes, yes, yes. Thank you for this question. Rumchata, cherry vodka, vanilla ice cream, and grenadine. It would be called “Viscera”, of course, since Fatal is a bit lacking in the area of gore. 😉

Ooh, I love Rumchata! Sounds delicious.. and I LOVE the name.

Thanks so much for sharing a bit of yourself with us here today. It was so wonderful getting to know you better.

Brutal (Fatal #1.5) coming to you at the end of the month!

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~About the Author~

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T.A. Brock lives in Arkansas, where Zombies do not thrive. When not immersed in the world of fantasy writing, she enjoys spending time with her big girl, baby boy, and hubs. Some of her favorite things are coffee (specifically with cream, sugar, and chocolate), music (especially something with a good beat), books (especially paranormal), and tennis. She despises raw meat and therefore is exceedingly glad she’s human.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Laura Wilson-Farmer

    I prefer movies with “walkers”-don’t like zombies who can actually think too much and run after you…I’d be a goner for sure!

  • Julianne Snow

    Great Interview T A and Toni! As for what zombies I prefer, I do like them old school—slow, expected rate of decay, easy to dodge—but it never hurts to mix it up once in while! Just as long as I’m not staring down a horde of them in a dark alley!!

  • Susan Pigott

    I like my zombies to be slow. But a fast one, that had evolved some, gets the heart to pumping too!

  • I’d much rather the slow shambly ones, too. I can’t imagine being chased by a speedy undead 😛 WRITE ON!

  • Erin Hayes

    I actually loved Warm Bodies. So… zombie romance? But I love any type of zombie.

  • bookbunny68

    I liked the Warm Bodies version. Also revenants – they are a type of zombie right?

  • Jami Broveak

    I guess I don’t have a favorite anymore. I like them all. Is that greedy?

  • Erin F

    Walking Dead 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Jeremy Hunt

    Slow zombies.

  • Lindsay Galloway

    This looks SO good! How have I not heard of it yet? Great covers too! 😀

  • T.A. Brock

    Thanks for the fantastic interview, Toni! 😀

  • Sabrina Taylor

    All I can say is that I have never meet or read about a zombie that I didn’t like. They are fascinating and because we don’t really know what would really happen, it leaves the window open to create any kind of zombie you want.

  • marypreston

    All I can say is that if I come across one I hope it’s slow & stupid.

  • I only like to read about the zombie ones 🙂

  • Lori F

    I want my zombies slow & stupid.

  • Lori Hopkins

    Pure horror…with a smidge of romance thrown in…so be they fast, or be they slow, I love ’em!

  • The kind with zombies in it! 😛

  • Nastasia Alexandria Nazar

    The kind that are getting killed by awesome survivors!!!

  • bn100

    haven’t seen any yet