Friday, 21 September 2012

Interview with author Emily Goodwin

1) Where did you get the idea for the novel? 

The idea stemmed from a really weird dream I had. In my dream, I needed my appendix removed, and the surgeon replaced it with pot roast , for some reason. (I snuck out and ate some of it before my surgery!) After the operation, I woke up and discovered everyone had turned into zombies. An attractive Irish doctor (who inspired the character Padraic) saved me and gave me the details about the zombies. Instead of the usual slow moving, eat-your-brains zombies, the zombies were fast and alive…but rip-your-face-off crazy. When I woke up—and after thinking it was the most random dream ever—I thought it would be really fun to write about zombies. I tossed ideas around with friends and came up with the plot for all three books.

2) Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?

Contagious was called “Zombie Book #1” for a while since I couldn’t come up with a good title. A friend actually came up with “Deathly Contagious”. Contagious had the working title of Deathly Contiguous until it was close to being published. Another friend suggested “The Truth is Contagious” would make a good title for the second book. I found it to be more fitting for the third, so I came up with the idea to have the word “contagious” in all three books. So, Deathly Contagious got bumped to book 2, and “Contagious” was decided to be the title for book one.

3) Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you? 

I overheard some random people talking about books at Barnes and Noble and a girl said that Contagious by Emily Goodwin was one of her favorite books. I was like “Oh my gosh—that’s me!” It still feels very surreal and I am so grateful for all my readers!

4) Which came first, the title or the novel? 

I will be the first to admit I am horrible at coming up with titles. I put them off until the very last minute, so the novel definitely comes first!

5) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read? 

I am reading Ever Shade by Alexia Purdey.

6) At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? 

How do you come up with stuff to say? This is another thing I’m not good at. Everything I come up with sounds super cheesy! If someone wants a personalized note, I usually ask what they want to say. Saying ‘thank you’ to readers is something I commonly write since I truly mean it!

Thank you, Alisia, for letting me be a guest on your blog!

Book #1 in The Contagium Trilogy 
Emily Goodwin 
Genre: Occult horror/zombie 
Number of pages: Approx 340 
Word Count: Approx 120,000 
Cover Artist: SweetDreams 

 Book Description: “I wasn’t afraid of death. If I died, it would be over. My worst fear wasn’t of dying, it was of living. Living, while everyone around me had their flesh savagely torn from their bodies to be shoved into the festering and ever-hungry mouths of zombies. It terrified me, right down to my very core, to be alive while the rest of the world was dead."

In the midst of the Second Great Depression, twenty-five year old Orissa Penwell doesn't think things can get any worse. She couldn't be more wrong. A virus breaks out across the country, leaving the infected crazed, aggressive and very hungry.

Orissa will do anything-no matter if it's right or wrong- to save the ones she loves. But when she discovers that most of the world is infected or dead, she must decide if those lives are worth saving at all.

About the Author:

Emily Goodwin resides in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and many four legged children, including their much loved German Shepherd named Vader. Accused of being a day dreamer, Emily began writing at an early age, making use of her active imagination. She has a degree in psychology and is currently working on her second degree in nursing. Emily likes anything paranormal, 80's rock, going on crazy adventures with her friends, making (and wearing) costumes, Renaissance Fairs, and is an animal rights activist.
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