#zOctober Interview with Tonia Brown & Giveaway!

The Cold Beneath

The Cold Beneath
by Tonia Brown
Publication date: May 28th 2012
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Steampunk, Zombies

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In the race to the North Pole, who will become the victor, and who will fall to the ravages of the Cold Beneath?
Phillip Syntax is the world’s best biomechanic with a checkered past of betrayal and lost love. When given a chance at redemption by the celebrated soldier Gideon Lightbridge, how can he refuse? This ill-fated expedition turns from daring to disastrous when their airship, the Northern Fancy, crashes in the far and frozen north, leaving the crew stranded without hope.
But that isn’t the worst of it.
One by one the dead crew members arise from the cold ashes to seek the warmth of the living, and it becomes every man for himself in an effort not to join the ranks of the revenants.


~Interview with Tonia Brown~

Please tell us a bit about The Cold Beneath. Give us that “hook” that is going to make everyone that reads this interview want to run out and buy it! 🙂

The Cold Beneath is about love, betrayal, and science gone horribly wrong.

An ill-fated expedition turns from daring to disastrous when the airship the Northern Fancy crashes in the far and frozen north, leaving the crew stranded without hope.

But that isn’t the worst of it.

One by one the dead crew members arise from the cold ashes to seek the warmth of the living, and it becomes every man for himself in an effort not to join the ranks of the revenants.

Based on the reviews I’ve read, it seems you put a great amount of detail into this book. I can’t wait to read it! What kind of research did you have to do when writing it?

Tons and tons. Writing this one sent me into many fields: engineering, biology, aerodynamics, medicine, cartography, pharmacology, and cryogenics, just to name a few. Not to mention it’s a period piece, so there were lots of rules to keep up with concerning dialogue and mannerisms. Despite its advanced machinery and out of time engineering, I wanted it to keep the feel of the late 1800’s as far as other technology went. This meant mapping dates for key technological discoveries and coming up with reasons for things to “work” when they really shouldn’t have. It’s not the most research I’ve ever put into a book, but it’s pretty darned close.

If the zombie apocalypse happened tomorrow, what would you do? Would you lock yourself in your home? Would you try to head for safety? What does safety mean to you – a huge military installation or hiding in a bunker somewhere with your closest friends and family?

I’ve said this before, and I will say it again. There is a word for folks like me during the zpoc. That word is lunch. I am an overweight, out of shape forty year old that spends most of her time on her fat rump in front of the computer. This does not bode well for my survival success.

If you were traveling with a group of people in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and you were bitten, what would you do? No one else in the group knows that you’ve been bitten. Would you have someone “off” you? Would you leave the group and hope that by some miracle you would be the one person in the world that is immune? Would you allow yourself to turn into the undead just to see what it’s like?

In line with my previous answer, I say embrace the change! I am doomed to zombiehood thanks to my lazy lifestyle, so why fight the inevitable? You know what they say, once bitten, twice shy. Oh, wait, that doesn’t have anything to do with this, does it? Never mind. I say yes to zombiefication.

Do you have any more zombie goodness planned for your readers in the future?

I just signed a three book deal with Permuted Press to re-release my self-published zombie novel, Skin Trade. I will also pen two new novels for them to bring it to a series. The books are about a post zombie breakout in the late 1870’s that results in the entire western front becoming a wasteland of infection now called the Badlands. The remaining citizens of the USA are pushed back to the east coast, with the land between becoming a dangerous border zone. The government hires men to enter the Badlands to clear it of the existing zombies, and along the way one clever trapper discovers a method to preserve the zombie hides while removing the infection, producing a sellable commodity, thus the skin trade is born. The bulk of the story follows a young girl’s journey into the Badlands under the guise of a young man, and how she gets wrapped up in the skin trade.

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me, Tonia. It’s so wonderful to have you here for this event.

Thanks for having me along! Happy Halloween!

You can read the first five chapters of THE COLD BENEATH free on my blog!


~About the Author~

Tonia Brown

Tonia Brown is a Southern author with a penchant for Victorian dead things. She lives in North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever fluctuating number of cats. When not writing she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names “Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut.”

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Wife, mother, 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.
  • laurie goudge

    the premise of the book looks really good. i haven’t read much in this genre but i’d like to read this book

  • kathy

    The book looks really good.plush its zombies!

  • Christine Verstraete

    This sounds good….

  • Sonya A.

    Sound interesting….

  • Chrisitna

    The cover! Looks creepy! Love it!

  • Traci

    Steampunk and zombies…soynds luke a win win…besides i love her brutally honest answers. Great interview…

  • K.C. Finn

    This caught me purely because of the steampunk element!

  • Kathy Geiser

    I love Tonia’s writing. I love zombies. I love horror and this one sounds great.

  • Mike Bolter

    Steampunk and zombies? Sounds like a fun combination!

  • Lindsay Galloway

    The setting sounds unique! I’m looking forward to reading this one! 😀

  • Carol Savoy-Fox

    Zombies! YES! Gotta read this one!

  • Sarah Lyons Fleming

    Kudos for all the research that went into this. Sounds great, and as someone who once went through an arctic exploration-reading phase, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it!

  • Stephanie Lunsford

    Steampunk & zombie in artic cold

  • Pauline Creeden

    Steampunk + Zombies = interest piqued!

  • Terri King

    The cold, zombies, and steampunk? Sounds like a must read! May give me ideas when I escape to the tundra to avoid the apocalypse! Haha!

  • Becky Stephens

    The setting looks fantastic! Can’t wait to dive into this one!

  • Sounds Of Steam

    Love her fluid and fun writing style. Looking forward to reading this.

  • Jessica Sturgill

    The zombies first & I am just getting into stampunk, so this should be an interesting read 😀

  • Daniel M

    all the science, since my fav genre is hard scifi