Children of Ruin Book Two?

I was cleaning up my workspace when I came across an old notebook where I wrote the first draft of Children of Ruin. My working title was, “Zombieapocalypse.”

And then this happened:

Zombie Apocalypse: Fast Food Zombie

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…

This week, author Jane Whittingham weighs in on her zombie apocalypse survival plan.

What is your best skill in the case of a zombie apocalypse?

 

MY SPECIAL SKILL

On first glance I might not appear to be the best person to have on your team in the event of a zombie apocalypse. I’ve never held a gun. I’m not particularly strong or fit. I have no outdoor survival skills. And I’m not exactly a dab hand with a baseball bat.

What I do offer, though, is a very special skill set gained by watching countless hours of cooking competition shows on television.

Stay with me here. In the aftermath of a zombie attack, food will likely be scarce and hard to come by. As the saying goes, though, an army marches on its stomach. How are we going to feed ourselves with no fast food outlets to rely on?

Friends, this is where my special skill set comes in. Thanks to all those episodes of Iron Chef and Chopped, I will be able to take the most random assortment of ingredients and turn them into something (somewhat) nutritious and (hopefully) delicious (or at least edible). I’ve seen chefs turn ground beef into delectable desserts, so I think I’m well prepared to handle even the most challenging culinary scenarios.

Now, this might not seem like the most vital skill in the face of global annihilation, but nutritious meals will help survivors keep up their strength (and avoid disastrous food poisoning), while tasty dishes will help build morale.

So hand me that tinned asparagus of questionable age, those bags of squished marshmallows, that bottle of cola and that squirrel you just trapped and let me work my magic!

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Jane Whittingham is a children’s book author and librarian. Her debut picture book, Wild One, was published by Pajama Press in Canada in November 2017 and will release in the United States in March 2018.

In addition to books, she’s also passionate about travel and does share the occasional travel-themed post on Raincity Librarian. She also adores anime, Korean dramas, strong black tea, sushi, and her home city of Vancouver (aka RAINCITY).

 

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“Zombies? Check. Non-stop apocalyptic action? Check! This book will get your heart pumping. Read it with one hand on a machete (just in case).” –Arthur Slade, bestselling author of Dust

 

“Smart and crisply written.  If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead you’ve found your next read!” —Eric Walters, bestselling author of the Rule of Three series

 

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In a society that has fallen to a nightmarish disease that brings the dead back to life, Ethan finds himself at war with his vengeful stepfather who taught him all he knows to survive in an apocalyptic world. Ethan gathers a troupe of other survivors – including Thomas, the thuggish football captain; Kady, the flighty cheerleader; and Gerald, the meek tinkerer – and builds a home base fortress to fight back against the army he knows his stepfather is creating. Ethan’s clan of survivors relies on him to guide them, but personal conflicts make it seemingly impossible to work as a team. Ethan knows, if they don’t pull themselves together, his stepfather will make them wish the disease had taken them first.

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Love, immortality, or vengeance? Which would you choose?

Rancor, a werewolf, has spent the last several hundred years training to kill vampires. Shay, a vampyre, has spent his time mocking the werewolf just for fun. Now, a thousand years after they first met, both werewolf and vampire will clash over the ultimate prize: true love. Filled with fast-paced action and a conclusion you won’t expect, Rancor will both win and break your heart.

 

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Goodreads Giveaway – Rise of the One-Eyed King

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Rise of the One-Eyed King by James Alfred McCann

Rise of the One-Eyed King

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Writing the Zombiepocalypse

Came across this article I wrote in 2012 while working on a draft of what would later become Rise of the One-Eyed King.

Thoughts in the Rain-Zombie Apocalypse Shelters

I live in  a little fishing village near Vancouver, and a couple times a week I take a walk past all the ports into the village. There are a couple places that I think would make great zombie apocalypse encampments, though I have had interesting conversations where friends disagree. However, this one by the water seems kind of ideally suited to the cause.

First of all, it’s gated within an open lot. There is nothing inside the lot that zombies could hide behind, and there is enough room that containers could be brought in for gardening. There is also a long parking lot leading to the compound, so zombies (or any other enemy) would have little place to hide. Plus, there’s the bonus of being on the water where a major river meets the ocean. Easy escape if needed, plus access to food/water source.

There is also this lookout on top of two stacked containers. This lookout is weather protected (for mild West Coast weather) and has an antennae for transmitting broadcasts.

What I think really makes this a sound design is that the top container could be transformed into living quarters with the bottom used as cold storage for food supplies. Access to both from inside (ladders that lead from top to bottom) so, if under attack by zombies, there would be no need to leave the shelter until the problem is taken care of.

I found this website for a few ideas of what the top container could be turned into, though one wouldn’t want to use too much glass in case it came under fire from rival colonists. The doors on either side could be made to swing open, so they could be shut quickly if necessary.

What’s your ideal zombie apocalypse shelter idea?