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Zombie Apocalypse: Crafty and Artistic

Ever wonder what authors would do in the case of a zombie apocalypse? For the next several weeks, I’ll be posting the answers to that question on my blog…

I asked author D.R. Graham what she would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

My best skill in the event of a zombie apocalypse would definitely be camouflage painter.

I’m crafty and artistic enough to hide everyone from sight − like Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. Forest camo, desert camo, urban camo − where do you need to hide out?

Wait. Camouflage painter would be a limited skill if the zombies can smell human blood. They probably can sense a human without actually seeing one, right? I don’t know anything about zombies! Definitely don’t depend on me in an apocalypse.

Run for your life, silly!

D.R. Graham is an author of sweet and edgy young adult and new adult novels for Harper Collins and Entangled Publishing. She worked as a social worker with at-risk youth before becoming a therapist in private practice. The clients she works with are children and teenagers, and her deal with issues relevant to teens and new adults in love, transition, or crisis. She is also an award-winning columnist for the Richmond News. She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband.

 

A new Site and New Covers

Have you ever wondered what would happen in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Maybe you fancy yourself a survivor, or you’re just all too aware that you’d be lucky to make it to the end of the first day.

There are many places where you can get information for zombie survival, the CDC for example.

This year I’m releasing an old novel with a new look and title. Rise of the One-Eyed King will be released as Children of Ruin. May 1st the paperback comes out, followed soon by an audio book and a choose your own adventure app for your mobile device!

To celebrate, just for fun, I asked several author friends to take this quiz and use their results as inspiration on what makes them a good (or terrible) candidate for a zombie apocalypse colony. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting their responses.

How would I fair in a zombie apocalypse?

My strengths:

(1) I have some basic martial arts skills.
(2) I can shoot a bow with accuracy.
(3) I can fish and filet a fish.
(4) I have a dog. (Well, okay, a pekingese.)
(5) I can camp. (But I better not wear the rainbow pants that weren’t even cool in 1986 when this photo was taken.)

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So, I must have done well on the quiz, right? RIGHT? Sigh. Nope.

See below:

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I suppose “heroic death” is better than “tripped while running” in a zombie apocalypse.

Take the quiz and let me know how you did!

Radio Interview, Culture Days, and a Free Book!

At noon today I’m doing a reading on a pop-up radio station called Leave Your Mark FM outside the Richmond Cultural Centre. In honour of the event, you can get the Kindle version of Rise of the One-Eyed King FREE.

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For more information on the pop up radio station, follow this link!

 

Zombies and the British Columbia Interior

In 2010, I was trying to decide what kind of book I wanted to write and a friend of mine in tae kwon do suggested zombies. At the time, I laughed and told him that zombies were not scary and maybe a little stupid. “I’m going to bring you some reading material next class, and your mind will be changed.” I’m always up for a challenge, so I accepted.

He brought me the Walking Dead comics, World War Z: Recorded Attacks graphic novel, and World War Z the novel. My. Mind. Was. Blown. This sent me on a spiral of discovering George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (plus the remake by Zack Snyder), playing Left for Dead 2 on STEAM, and coming up with my own story that started my then named novel, Zombiepocalypse.

Clinton, BC 2012

At the time, I used to take a yearly trip from Vancouver to Williams Lake to sell books for Vancouver Kidsbooks at a teacher’s conference. This particular year, after all the literature given to me by my tae kwon do pal, I wound up stopping in a little town called, Clinton. Clinton has a population of just under 600 people and is quite beautiful. It looks like an old frontier town, and gives its visitors a sense of history. As I pulled over my rented van filled with books for the conference, I knew that I had found the place where Zombiepocalypse would take place.

First, a few highlights from the town. In a lot that’s been for sale every year I’ve visited, there are posts with shingles nailed to them. On each shingle is someone’s name and where they are from. This was an incredible sense of history to me–kind of like a library, but with carvings instead of paper books.

I started to imagine where my character might have grown up, who he was, what kind of upbringing he had. Unlike a big city where zombies would thrive by the thousands, what would small town life look like?

Clinton, BC 2012

More importantly, who would be his enemies? Who would he compete with for the scraps of what was left? As I drove down the highway wondering where his enemies might hold up, I came across Hat Creek Ranch and knew, instinctively, that this was where the my main character would find his nemesis.

Equally important, was knowing the topography of the area. While I was lucky enough to be able to drive the area (over the course of a few summers, too) I also had the benefit of Google Maps.

Hat Creek Ranch

It’s been a long time since 2010 when I wrote the first draft, and now, six years later, I have the final draft and a final title: Rise of the One-Eyed King. Over the next few months, I’ll let you know when you can pre-order a copy for your very own. It will release July 1st.

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One of the many songs that inspired the novel, and the theme of this post: