Monday, November 8, 2010
Guest Author Interview: Rhiannon Frater
Please welcome today's guest author Rhiannon Frater! Rhiannon is the author of The Living Dead Boy: A Young Adult Zombie Novel, The Tale of the Vampire Bride, The Zombie-Wilson Diaries, Pretty When She Dies: A Vampire Novel, and the As the World Dies zombie trilogy including The First Days, Fighting to Survive, and Siege.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Rhiannon: I began telling stories when I could talk. I tried to write as soon as I learned my ABC's. I began writing novels when my mom gave me a typewriter around the age of 12. I have always had a vivid imagination.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Rhiannon: I write about what I fear. I suppose writing horror is a way of containing my fears by weaving them into a narrative. I tried other genres, but nothing felt right until I began to write about monsters. It all sort of clicked.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be?
Rhiannon: Probably the ability to fly since I dream about it so much. I think it would be a very liberating and handy skill to have. When you don’t want to deal with someone or a bad situation, take a nice little flight away from it. Also, it would really save on airfare!
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Rhiannon: I am promoting two of my books right now: The Tale of the Vampire Bride from the Library of Horror Press and The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters from the Little Library of Horror Press.
The Tale of the Vampire Bride is a beautiful, richly gothic horror tale about a young English aristocrat who chaffs against the constraints of the society of the Regency period in Europe and becomes the bride of a very terrifying vampire. It is all about her quest to find her freedom. It is a horror novel, but it has elements of romance, suspense, and a sense of humor at times.
The second book is aimed at a much younger reader. I wrote it for my nephews and nieces who are zombie fiends. It is all about a twelve year old boy who is a huge zombie fan suddenly facing the zombocalypse. He valiantly tries to keep his three year old brother alive as well as his friends. It was a real challenge to write a novel that my nine year old niece could read and love as well as my adult audience that liked my zombie series, As The World Dies. I am very pleased how it turned out.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Rhiannon: So far all my books, but The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters, have been optioned, which has made me really ponder this question.
For Lady Glynis in The Tale of the Vampire Bride, I think Rachel Hurd-Wood would be lovely. She has the look and she’s a wonderful English actress.
As for the children in The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters, I’m sure my nephews and nieces would love an audition!
The Living Dead Boy: A Young Adult Zombie Novel by Rhiannon Frater.
Josh Rondell is twelve years old and known as the "living dead boy" due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he's obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse. Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen.
When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh's baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town.
Trapped in his treehouse and surrounded by the dead, will Josh be able to save them all?
Thank you Rhiannon for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Rhiannon Frater and her books, please visit her website.
E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal romance series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.