Tuesday, 25 September 2012

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Character-Author Interview with Rusty Fischer

My blog is being taken over today! Here is an interview with YA author of Zombie's Don't Cry: A Living Dead Love Story by Rusty Fischer. Accept, I didn't ask the questions. The villian of the story did. Cool huh? Read on...

Zombie's Don't Cry: A Living Dead Love Story by Rusty FischerThe Author of Zombies Don’t Cry Interviewed by Its Main “Baddy,” Bones
By Rusty Fischer, author of Zombies Don’t Cry

I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before, but when I was asked to be interviewed by one of the main characters in Zombies Don’t Cry, I started going through the names and thought: Bones, I never do enough with Bones!

Sure, he’s the main “bad guy” in Zombies Don’t Cry, but -- I like to think, anyway -- he’s a really GREAT bad guy. And, actually, it’s been awhile since I’ve spent any time with him. So here is what might happen if “Bones” were to interview me:

Bones: Hello, sir. How are you today?
Mr. Fischer: Sir? That sounds a tad formal. I mean, am I supposed to call you “Mr. Bones?”

Bones: Actually, I like the sound of that.
Mr. Fischer: Okay, but I still probably won’t do that.

Bones: Oh? Why not?
Mr. Fischer: I dunno, I guess I have a hard time calling someone younger than me “Mr.”

Bones: Who says I’m younger than you? After all, didn’t you write me to be pretty old, even… ancient?
Mr. Fischer: Touché, Mr. Bones. Touché.

Bones: Getting down to business, why did you decide to call me “Bones”?
Mr. Fischer: I don’t know. I guess, the way I described you, tall and thin with your favorite shiny white track suit, you reminded me of a skeleton. Why, you don’t like “Bones”?

Bones: I’ll ask the questions here, if you don’t mind. And, yeah, I kind of like “Bones,” but I like “Mr. Bones” better. Moving on, why did you pick Dahlia to be my partner in crime?
Mr. Fischer: I didn’t. In an earlier draft, I had you with a couple of zombie henchmen, kind of living dead lackeys you could order around but that got a little boring. I wanted someone more challenging for you, someone who would talk back to you, be more of an equal partner; that’s where Dahlia came in.

Bones: Fair enough. I’m not going to concede that she was an “equal partner.” I mean, I did most of the heavy lifting, anyway, but equal enough. Now, I know all of your main characters ask you this, but… why wasn’t I the “hero” of this story?
Mr. Fischer: I think, Bones, for some readers you will be. You’re much more the traditional “zombie” that most folks think of when they come to read a zombie book.

Bones: That’s what I mean. Why not give folks what they want? A “more traditional zombie,” I mean?
Mr. Fischer: Well, I suppose, I was trying to give them something different.

Bones: Well, I can’t change what’s been written anyway. Do you have any future plans for me?
Mr. Fischer: Uh, Bones… have you actually read the book?

Bones: I know, I know, but… there’s always a way to fix things in the future. You are the author, right?
Mr. Fischer: Let me put it this way, Bones; you do have a small role in the sequel to Zombies Don’t Cry, called Zombies Don’t Forgive.

Bones: Do I now? But… how can that be?
Mr. Fischer: I can’t say for now, but I just wanted you to feel better about the part you play in Maddy’s universe.

Bones: How do you know it’s not *my* universe, Mr. Fischer?
Mr. Fischer: Ha. Touché, Mr. Bones. Touché.

Thanks, Bones, for coming to life just this once to ask me all these great questions!

Yours in YA,

Rusty

Wasn't that an awesome interview? Rusty Fischer is the author of Zombies Don’t Cry, as well as several other popular zombie books, including Panty Raid at Zombie High, Detention of the Living Dead and the Reanimated Readz series of 99-cent living dead shorts. Rusty runs the popular website Zombies Don’t Blog. At Zombies Don’t Blog you can read more about Rusty’s work, view his upcoming book covers and read – or download – completely FREE books & stories about… zombies!

Be sure to check out Zombie Don't Cry when it's released on 1st October 2012.

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