Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Q&A with Jillian Stone, author of EAT, SLAY, LUZT

Being released on October 28th is the zombie adventure-thriller Eat, Slay, Lutz by Jillian Stone.

The author has taken a few moments from her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I’ve always been interested in telling stories, but I never actually finished writing a book until six years ago.

What was your first book/story published?

AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY was published in 2012. It is a historical romantic suspense set in Victorian era London.

What inspired you to write EAT, SLAY, LUZT?

I’ve always wanted to write a zombie book or screenplay. And I’m also weirdly inspired by dystopian action/horror movies like 28 Days Later, The Road Warrior, World War Z.

What character in EAT, SLAY, LUZT is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

The heroine, Lizzy Davis, is probably the most like me. She’s independent, adventurous, and resilient. But she doesn’t recognize those qualities in herself. Half the time, she thinks she’s a baby and a wimp. All the men who meet her know better!

What is your favorite part in EAT, SLAY, LUZT?

All good zombie stories are a strange mix of humor, horror, and survival. And I’ve tried to honor that tradition in EAT, SLAY, LUZT. The opening scenes in the novel are still some of my favorites. Lizzy is alone and stranded in the Syrian desert near the Iraq border fighting a pod of zombies when U.S. Army Captain and Black Hawk pilot Chris Oakley arrives in her life. I loved throwing these two strangers together. Great opportunities for humor and tension!

What was the hardest part to write?

Writing a hot and sexy love scene is always difficult because of the balance of sexual tension, mechanics, and dialogue. All three have to do this intricate dance to make the scene turn out just right. Emotional scenes are the easiest to write because the character’s are raw, and their dialogue is honest and powerful.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

It would have to be something in the arts. A filmmaker or musician/songwriter—both are storytellers!

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I read most, but not all of them. The really nasty one star troll reviews make me laugh. My absolute favorite kind of review is when someone reads the book and then writes about getting lost in the story. I love it when readers have a thrilling, immersive experience.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

I have so many favorite writers that to single out a few just doesn’t seem fair to anyone. How about authors that influenced me most as a child through my teens? Dr. Seuss, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, Stephen King.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I’m just finishing up a contemporary paranormal titled WOLF, INTERRUPTED. The novella will be part of a shifter anthology that is scheduled for release early in 2017.

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About the Author: Multi-published, national award-winning author, Jillian Stone is on a three year quest to write all the books (in different genres) she’s always wanted to write before she gets forever labeled as a historical romance writer. Jillian lives in Highland, California and is currently writing a shapeshifter tale WOLF, INTERRUPTED, which recently won the FF&P On The Far Side award in the paranormal category.

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