1. I think fans of The Walking Dead or the classing George R Romero zombie will be surprised to meet Claire Presswood, heroine of Lipstick! What was your inspiration for your fresh take on the zombie trope?
I love zombie fiction but I don’t think they always have to conform with the rotting, parts falling off classic zombie trope. I wrote this story a couple years ago and recently had the opportunity to watch iZombie. Now there’s a girl who I can support! And she likes hot sauce! I wanted a girl who didn’t have to be crippled by what happened to her but could use her trials as a step up and let me tell you, Max is just that. And he’s a hottie to boot!
If you think about it, zombies aren’t too different from vampires. They just eat um…solid food instead of liquids. And they have to have good skin care or bad things happen.
2. I loved the obvious friendship between Claire, Carmen, and Rachel. It was warm and funny, and felt very relatable (despite them being a zombie, a vampire, and a cat-shifter!). Do you think it’s important to show these strong bonds between women in fiction? And is there any chance of stories for the other girls?!
Yes and yes. These girls are snarky and to me how friendships are supposed to be. They love each other warts and all. Relationships between women as friends are very important. Friends keep us sane and help tether us to reality. Especially if they happen to be a vampire and a cat shifter. (lol)
I am planning the second and third books in this series even as we speak. Carmen and Rachel want their time in the spotlight. They are quite persistent about it, in fact. Stay tuned for their stories in 2016.
3. There’s a good blend of genres in Lipstick – it’s got paranormal elements, some BDSM, a touch of rom-com…Do you have a favourite genre to write in, or do you like to mix it up? Who are some of your influences?
Here’s me. * Here’s a genre box. @ Never the two shall meet. I love mixing it up and making people guess. I’ve read one too many straight out BDSM book where I just want to yawn when they break out the paddles. I’m like-really? Where’s the surprise? The same with some PNR. You have to have something in there to distinguish your story from the rest. I love humor. Awkward situations. And yes…some kink. It’s all fun and fantasy and I want to make people smile.
I love Christopher Moore. That man can write a funny book. Also Kim Harrison, Laurel K. Hamilton, Michael Logan, Jonathan Maberry, Scott Kenemore. Oh man…I work in a bookstore. I fall in love with a book practically every day. My walls are stacked with piles of books that will one day crush me in my sleep. (Just ask my husband. If I even think about bringing another one home he growls.)
4. And finally, Claire’s entire adventure is triggered by the right shade of lipstick. Personally I never leave the house without perfume. What’s your must-have make-up accessory?
You guessed it. Lipstick. I’m that girl haunting the Mac counter every time they get a new collection. I surf Pinterest all the time for images of new shades.
Makeup is fun. I don’t use a lot of color but the lips have to be glammed up and gorgeous. I am lucky that mine are nicely shaped. But-it’s the color that can really play with you. I’ve got brown hair with some streaking and blue eyes. A very fair complexion, so when we see Claire trying to find something that makes her look lively-that is so me. Too red and you have bozo the clown. Too purple and you have a vampire in drag. The scary kind. It’s a balance. But man, does it make my heart happy.
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