It’s the end of the world as we know it.
Trixie Collins is a normal teen making her way through high school. One night at a party, a boy comes on to her and won’t take no for an answer. As she jerks her arm away, his fingernails cut into her skin.
When she finds her dog’s mutilated body and realizes she’s to blame, she starts to think maybe the zombie apocalypse they’ve been screaming about on the news isn’t a hoax after all. Worse, she begins to think maybe she’s one of the infected.
Now it’s a fight for life as she joins together with her brethren to stop the humans intent on destroying them. Are zombies all bad, or is it just a huge misunderstanding?
Targeted Age Group:: 13+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Every zombie novel I read had droning, non-thinking creatures that only wanted to eat brains. I started wondering what would happen if those “zombies” were cognizant, thinking, feeling humans who only looked the part. After watching a special on the History Channel about the origin of the idea behind zombies in South America, I decided to write a zombie novel based on the Kuru disease. I also wanted teens to be able to enjoy the zombie genre. Many of the titles are too graphic for that age group. Thus, I, Zombie was born. It’s fun and lighthearted, yet examines the human condition from another angle (zombies running from humans). In other words, I wrote the story I wanted to read and wanted to be able to share with my own kids.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Trixie is a lot of me. She’s witty, doesn’t whine when things don’t go her way, and wants to contribute to the greater good. Jack’s character attributes are loosely based on my father-in-law (it was a birthday wish/gift). These two spent time in my head for a good while before I got them on paper. Their relationship is one that built up over time through friendship and loyalty to one another. Sam is the epitome of a tom-boy gone Rambo. Henry is one of my favorite characters because he’s a gentle giant who has a fierce need to protect his child. When angered, he goes a little crazy. Other characters are background noise and were meant to be forgotten when the book came to a close.
About the Author:
Jo Michaels is…
Hi, I’m Jo. Let’s forget all the “Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah” stuff and just go with it. I’m a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.
I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I’m going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I’m married to. Along with my children, he’s my whole world.
I’ve lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I’ve had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I’ve written about in Yassa.
One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I’d love to hear from you.
Links to Purchase Print Books
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Links to Purchase eBooks
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Author Interview on BookGoodies
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