Please welcome Nora Fleischer to the blog today! We chat about zombies, Ben Franklin, pizza restaurants, and plenty more. Also, there’s a lovely GIVEAWAY at the end of the post, so don’t miss that! Also check out the interview with the narrator of Zombies in Love, Martin Wurst.
If given this tough choice, would you rather read only new-to-you books, or only reread the ones you have read up to this point?
This would be tough, but I’d go with the new-to-me books. When I really like a book, I tend to read it over and over again, so I’ve got my favorites almost memorized!
Would you choose to live permanently in a fictional world, or visit as many as you liked but you couldn’t stay more than a few hours?
I can’t think of any fictional world I’d like to live in. Could I have a time machine instead? I’d really love to see Philadelphia in the late 1700s. Maybe I’d even run into Ben Franklin! And then I’d want to come home after a day or two for a shower and a meal that involved vegetables.
What now-dead author would you like to interview? What are some of the things you would chat about?
The author who springs to mind is Terry Pratchett, and I actually got to meet him once when he came to a local con. I traded history book recommendations with him— I recommended a book on the history of the premade suit, and he suggested reading a book on Nelson and Napoleon. It was just as wonderful as I’d hoped.
If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?
Generally, I’m the sort of person who enjoys experiencing her favorite things repeatedly. I was sad when Mad Men was over, but I’ll enjoy it nearly as much seeing all the details that I missed the first time.
There have been only a couple of times where I thought a surprise plot twist was so perfect that I’d love to be equally shocked again. The best example is Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game — not the twist at the end that everyone remembers, but the twist that happens midway through the book, which explains why Ender’s parents allowed him to be taken away. (I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it!)
Reality in my fiction: how important is it? Lengthy travel, cussing, and bathroom breaks happen in real life. How do you address these mundane occurrences in your writings?
Well, in my most recently published book, the hero’s a zombie, and the more I pushed the details of his condition, the funnier the book got. I’m very proud of a scene, for example, where a couple of zombies sit in a cemetery discussing their favorite body parts to eat. There’s a writer named Michael O’Donoghue who used to say that comedy was about danger— I totally agree with that.
Conventions, book signings, blogging, etc.: what are some of your favorite aspects of self-promotion and what are some of the least favorite parts of self-promotion?
I can do anything online but in person, saying to people, “I have written an awesome romance novel about smart people acting stupid and the hero’s a zombie and it’s very funny, would you like a copy” just freaks me out, man. I know a writer who bought a T-shirt with his book cover on it. I’m thinking of doing that and when people ask me what I’m up to, just silently pointing to the shirt.
Who are your non-writer influences?
This novel is inspired by my very favorite pizza restaurant in the world, Galleria Umberto, in Boston’s North End. Like Alioto’s in this book, they make all their pizza in advance and serve it until it’s gone— but I changed absolutely every other detail. No zombies at Galleria Umberto, promise.
Do you have any superstitions?
I’m afraid of heights, does that count? It takes me a good long time to get myself down an escalator.
What were you like as a kid? Did your kid-self see you being a writer?
When I was a kid I decided I wanted to be a witch and I harvested a bunch of leaves from around the neighborhood and left them to dry in my closet so I could make potions. As far as I know, none of them worked.
And I also wanted to be a writer with all my heart.
Jack Kershaw just wants to hold on to his new job at Lisa Alioto’s pizza parlor, and to keep Lisa from finding out that he’s a zombie. Jack learns that he and Lisa are in serious danger.
His second chance at life is the inadvertent result of a lab experiment by two graduate students. Winthrop University – a school which knows how to keep its secrets – will do anything necessary to conceal that someone on campus raised the dead. With the help of Boston’s zombie horde, can Jack and Lisa escape Winthrop’s sinister clutches?
Nora Fleischer has a PhD from Winthrop University, and promises every word of this story is true. She lives in Minneapolis with her lovable husband Sven and children Wolfgang and Anastasia. You can chat with her on twitter at @ZombinaNora, or look at her infrequently updated blog at norafleischer.livejournal.com. Or catch her on GoodReads.
Nora is offering the winner the choice of the audiobook version or the ebook version of Zombies in Love. To enter to win, do the Rafflecopter thing below or answer the following in the comments: 1) Do you prefer ebook or audiobook? 2) A way to contact you, please? 3) Do you have any superstitions? Giveaway is US only. Ends Sept 7, 2015, midnight.