Can Women Enjoy Zombies Too?
by Danielle Blanchard
I first started writing Beginnings: Book I from The Plague series because my main goal was to write a book about zombies women could enjoy and read with pleasure. This was after I had explored the world of zombies on my own—first through Jack Wallen’s amazing zombie series (I Zombie I, My Zombie My, Die Zombie Die) and Jessica Meigs’ The Becoming series. Both were trilogies and although both offered kick ass characters, twisty plots and great dialogue, I couldn’t help but think there was room in this genre for a gentler, kinder zombie book.
Nope, I am not speaking of the Hollowlands series by Amanda Hocking. Although it was written for the YA crowd, I wanted to write a novel women would be able to enjoy yet not have to be in their late teens and early twenties to do so. So, I started off with a basic plot and it all went from there. I suppose you could call my book a romance novel with aspects of military fiction, dark urban fantasy, mystery and suspense along with a touch of horror and science fiction.
I didn’t have big plans for this novel, I merely wanted to get it out and then I thought I would hash out the rest of the plot for the subsequent novels a bit later.
I finished Better Off Dead: Book II from The Vamp Saga, and this muse does not want to let go. I thought for sure I would be able to write a romance novel afterwards but the zombie world calls so that is where I am going.
The great part about Beginnings: Book I is it is appropriate for almost everyone over the age of seventeen (I say this because there is a lot of explicit language, a few sexual situations and some gore but I have kept the violence to a minimum as it isn’t really my area of expertise). There are strong female characters who are not only beautiful, smart and talented but kick ass as well.
If anything, I hope more women will realize that although zombies are a male-dominated industry in the book business, I hope more women discover the genre through my work and find out how great they are because sometimes, a girl just wants to be scared a bit!
Ms. Blanchard Benson is the author of Beginnings: Book I (The Plague), Death Wish: Book I (The Vamp Saga), The Catalyst: Book One (The Pop Stars) and The Beautiful People series. She is currently working on Better Off Dead: Book II (The Vamp Series), the re-release of The Beautiful People Part One & Part Two (revised and re-edited by Spring of 2012), No and Apocalypse 2012: Book II (The Plague).
Ms. Blanchard Benson has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact Danielle via her website, Facebook or Twitter!