Cassie Forrest isn’t surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.
This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of.
Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Book Price: 2.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing about a post-apocalyptic world requires that you think about how society might break down and whether or not people will help or hurt one another. It also requires thinking about the littlest things, like how soon would weeds take over and how long would power stations run unmanned.
And, yeah, my book has zombies. They’re more there to move the plot and less as a horror/gore aspect. There’s only so many ways to write about zombies (gray, moaning, stumbling, etc.), so I found that challenging.
But I love all that kind of stuff, so it’s fun for me.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing. If you don’t want to show anyone your first draft, don’t. No one sees my first draft. It allows me to write however and whatever I want and not get bogged down by what people may think.
I joke that I need to put a password or a note explaining that I know the draft is awful, just in case I die before I get to the next drafts. It’s that bad, in my opinion!
If you feel supported by a writer’s group and love to get critiques as you go, then do that!
But, no matter what, write like no one’s reading, in my opinion. We are our own worst critics and if we add a chorus of nitpicky voices to the one already in our heads, it’s so easy to freeze up.
My first novel, UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD, is a mixture of post-apocalyptic, zombie, women’s and suspense fiction. I’m currently working on the sequel, AND AFTER.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I now live in Oregon with my family and, in my opinion, not nearly enough supplies for the zombie apocalypse.
But I’m working on it.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love post-apocalyptic books, but it’s hard to find non-YA books with a female protagonist. One day I decided to write the book I kept searching for but could never find.
And once the characters and story began to form they took over my brain. I couldn’t have ignored them if I wanted to.