Random thoughts on our impending doom and everyday life, courtesy of a Romance Writer who occasionally feels the need to talk like a Sailor.

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Next Best Thing Challenge... or, 10 quick questions about the book.

I was tagged by the wonderful author Monica Enderle Pierce to do The Next Best Thing Challenge

Here’s how it works:
  • Answer the 10 questions below
  • Spread the fun and tag other writers to participate.
1. What is the title of your book / WIP?
My book is titled, Flesh, and it is the first in a planned three-book series.

2. Where did the idea for this book come from?

I decided to work with the wonderful Louise Cusack as my mentor a few years ago. Doing a project from start to finish seemed like the best idea. I was going to go with something nice safe and sane but that felt like a cop-out and I work best with a challenge, so I decided to go a little crazy. I really wanted to see if I could pull off a Post-Zombie-Apocalypse Ménage Romance. The silence when I first told Louise my idea was deafening but she was soon just as enthused as I was. This was a few years back before ‘The Walking Dead’ was on TV so normal people still didn’t really do zombies. And maybe they still don't... but how boring would it be if we were all normal?

3. What genre would your book fall under?

Post-Apocalyptic Erotic Romance.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Alex O’Loughlin or Ben Browder as Daniel.
Radha Mitchell as Ali.
Garrett Hedlund as Finn.
But feel free to re-cast as you see fit. I’m generous like that.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

53 days since the Zombie Plague struck, a woman and two men band together to survive in the suburban wastelands.

6. Is your book published or represented?
It’s being released 1st October by Momentum/Pan MacMillan. You can currently buy it here at the pre-release price of $2.99. Please do so. Someone has to enable my Tequila and Smut habit. (Just joking. Hi Mum!)

7. How long did it take you to write it?

On and off for two years. Lots of other nonsense was going on so it dragged out some. Happily the second book is being spanked into order as we speak without half the drama.

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?
I know other Romance Writers have dabbled in the Undead recently but I don’t read them. I don’t want to unintentionally be influenced by anyone when it comes to the shambling and carnage type stuff. That being said I hear Joss Ware is great.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

Stephen King horror and apocalypse wise. Lauren Dane and Lorelei James ménage romance wise.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

Flesh recently won the Fantasy/Futuristic/Sci-Fi round of the Stroke of Midnight and finalled in the North Texas RWA competition. 

And also, no Zombies were hurt, or indeed had sex, during the making of this book. I don't really understand the amount of people who ask me about the Undead having sex. That's plain ick.

When the plague hit, her neighbours turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs.
Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realises that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him.
When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilisation.
Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three band together to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.

You can read the first chapter of Flesh by banging the tag right here...

For more information on Monica Enderle Pierce who wrote the wonderful 'Girl Under Glass' a great gritty Alien Invasion story...

For more information on my mentor Fantasy Author Louise Cusack who I can't praise highly enough...

And I is gonna tag some great Aussie Authors who hopefully aren't too busy to partake... 

Lexxie Coupper

Tracey O'Hara 

Mel Teshco
Cari Silverwood


  1. Kylie you did the right thing writing about zombies - love 'em! =))

  2. I can't wait to read this! It sounds amazing. Is all three books going to be about Ali, Daniel, and Finn?

    1. Hey Jen, no the books will be about different couples or more each time. But old friends will inevitably show up. Thanks for commenting!