Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie
by Christine Verstraete
Publication date: August 1st 2013
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Zombies
Life can suck when you’re sixteen. It can suck even worse when you’re not- quite- dead.
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes faces every teenager’s biggest nightmares: bad skin, bad hair, and worse . . . turning into one of the living dead.
Becca’s life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret—he’s becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch.
The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for. Then she meets Gabe, a good-looking part-Z like her, and fears falling for him. After all, how can he, who shows hardly any Z symptoms, be interested in someone like her?
But time is running out… Becca needs his help as she and her cousin Carm search for their missing mothers and fight off hungry Zs.
Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late..
~Interview with Christine Verstraete~
How did you come up with such a unique spin on a zombie story?
I got hooked on The Walking Dead and from what I could tell without reading them before writing mine, a lot of books had the same premise—escaping from and fighting the zombies. While there is some of that in GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, that isn’t the main focus since it can get boring after awhile. I thought it’d be interesting to write about a girl who’s only part-zombie, and still human. I wanted to share the viewpoint of a girl who’s infected and share how it affects her life while she struggles to also retain her humanity.
Not that the Z infection is real (not that we know about anyway, although I’m sure it’s locked up a in a lab somewhere!) but did you have to do a lot of research on viruses and such in order to write this book?
As I really didn’t want to get too technical (non science geek here), I decided not to go into the whole scientific angle of the why’s and how’s of the virus. I left it at the virus coming from a lab and Becca’s other cousin Spence somehow contracts it and brings it home. I’m hoping to explore his side of the infection in a short story.
Can you tell us a little about Darlings of Decay? How exciting was it to participate in such a huge collaboration?
This was a fun, and huge project! It was a great idea spearheaded by authors Chrissy Peebles and Kristen Middleton, who also is my co-blogger at GirlZombieAuthors. I was thrilled to be included with so many other female authors. It definitely is a great showcase of different types of zombie stories, excerpts and books. I contributed a couple flash fiction stories, which I love to write, and the prologue from my book.
How prepared are you? If you didn’t know the zombie apocalypse had begun and you strolled around a corner and came face to face with a zombie, what do you honestly think you would do? After you screamed, of course. Ha! Do you think you would run? Attack it (punch or kick it)? Or do you think it would overtake you and you’d be a shuffling corpse in no time?
I am so unprepared it’s not even funny, ha! I’d run and scream, for sure, and find somewhere safe and unreachable to hide. (I’d hope.) I confess it’s a favorite theme to write about, but it definitely is in the fictional realm for me. But watching so many natural disasters out there, I have thought about getting some kind of disaster supplies together, just in case. It can’t hurt to be prepared.
Now, a couple of questions for Becca: What was your initial reaction to finding out you were infected? What is one change, physical or otherwise, that happened to you because of the infection that you wish you could erase?
Freaked! When I woke in that hospital it didn’t make sense. None of it did. So many changes, so much to think about. And yuck! What they told me to eat…it was just so gross! Sigh. There’s lots of things I wish I could change now, but I’ve got to make the best of it… If I had to pick one….it’s my eye. It’s kind of freaky and I get soooo tired of my cousin poking me so it’ll jump back in place. So annoying!
Thank you so much for being here and sharing with us, Christine. I hope to have you back on the blog soon!
~About the Author~
Christine Verstraete is an award-winning author and journalist from Wisconsin.
Not your typical zombie story… GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie… *** NEWS FLASH! Named the Young Adult Winner in the 2013 HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL contest! ***
Life can suck when you’re 16. It can suck even worse when you’re not-quite-dead….. It’s YA zombie with a little romance – and zombies – humor – and zombies – a touch of mystery and… well, you get it. See synopsis at website, http://cverstraete.com. (Blog linked here is GirlZombieAuthors, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com)
Her short stories have been published in anthologies including Darlings of Decay and The Tall Book of Zombie Shorts. Other stories have been published in Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, Steampunk’d and Timeshares (DAW Books). Her story “Perfect Timing” appeared in The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, with works by 14 other authors, in June 2012.
A longtime horror fan, she also enjoys writing short fiction with a touch of the macabre, including the eBooks, The Killer Valentine Ball and Motherly Love.
She also is author of an award-winning children’s book, Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery, for ages 9 and up. (#1 Kindle book for miniatures; 2009 EPPIE Award finalist for ebook.) Available in Kindle, eBook, and print.
When she’s not writing (when is that?), Christine also enjoys creating in miniature. She is author of IN MINIATURE STYLE II, with over 40 how-to projects, profiles and photos, featuring the work of talented miniaturists and IGMA artisans. Available in print, eBook, and other formats,including for Kindle.
See details on her books and collection at her website, http://cverstraete.com or her blogs, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com and http://candidcanine.blogspot.com.
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