*Living with the Dead Series(7 Books)
*Club Monstrosity Series(2 Books)
Jesse’s life as a writer began when her husband made the brilliant observation that she was much happier writing than doing anything else. So she took the plunge and decided to do that full-time. After many years and many books in different sub-genres, she was bitten by the zombie bug (not a zombie, but the bug) and took off on a zany adventure into the world of Urban Fantasy. Soon zombies were not enough and now she is poised to take over the world with her not-so-normal paranormal stories which inject dark humor into uncommon circumstances.
When not coming up with stories about the weird and wonderful she lives in Tucson, AZ, with her high school sweetheart husband and two cats. She plays video games, hangs out with her favorite nephews, hikes in the beautiful mountains, watches wayyyyy too much reality TV (and some really good scripted TV), ponders all things geekish and madly scribbles notes on her next idea while she laughs at people who still have to shovel snow.- Source: Jesse Peterson Website
Talking Zombies with Jesse Petersen
Describe yourself in 3 words
Driven, self-critical, funny.
When your not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? No, I'm kidding. I write A LOT and spent A LOT of time promoting books and stuff, too. BUT when I do have spare time I like to read, I make geeky jewelry (which I sell on Etsy), I like video games and TV shows. I also love spending time with my husband and our two nephews, who I adore. I try hard to be more well-rounded with my "spare time" since it's easy for me to get very wrapped up in writing/publishing.
It was really a comedy from the beginning. My idea was always a couple on the brink of divorce, forced to kill their marriage counselor and use her advice to escape the zombie apocalypse. Snarky, sarcastic and funny were the tones I was going for. :)
I honestly began writing it only to entertain myself. I write romances under other names and they are fairly dark and sexy, so when I began writing MWZ, it was for my own edification. I did not plot it, I just went with it. But pretty soon my agent got wind of what I was doing and read some of it and told me we could sell it, that there was a market. Still, it was very different for me than any of my other books (including the next two in the series, FLIP THIS ZOMBIE and EAT SLAY LOVE). I wrote it very quickly (about 3 weeks) and we sold it within a couple of months of me beginning to write it.
I would hope so. I'm a good shot and I don't like goo, so I'd avoid getting too much into blood or guts and getting infected that way. If I could keep my head (ha!!) about me in the first few days, I think I'd settle into just getting through it. I hope. Maybe. We'll see....
My husband. My Dad and Mom. Shaun from Shaun of the Dead. Seems like Max Brooks knows what he's talking about, so he'd be good... Sarah and Dave obviously.
I probably prefer movies to anything else in the genre (though I do love a good zombie book). Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland is the tone I like (surprise, surprise, funny). I like lightness to my horror.
I'm semi-addicted to Vanilla Coke Zero. I'm trying to break it, but caffeine in cold format is my thing.
Thanks for having me!! :)