Name: Gillian Zane
Where are you from: New Orleans
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I’m just your normal semi-starving artist from New Orleans. I studied art in college because for some reason I thought I would get a job with a Fine Arts degree. Instead, I ended up in the military. How that happened, I forgot or blocked it out. After that, I moved back home, stalked a Marine that was in a computer class with me (because for some reason computers are the “thing to know”) and then later talked him into marrying me. We now live in a little house, that may or may not be haunted and he has learned to put up with the fact that I sometimes talk back to the voices in my head. Now that I’ve actually published a book, I get to call those voices…characters.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I wrote a book called RUN and some people seem to like it. Bucket list item #72 checked off.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing a long time ago. The first book I finished when I was in 5th grade.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t. 😀 Okay, maybe I might now…or at least when I get that first royalty check.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Reading. I love books. I wanted to make someone feel what I felt when I turned a page.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really, I like to try different things. I have sarcastic tendencies, so I like to include a bit of humor in all of my writing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Embrace life, tomorrow the s*** might hit the fan.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, not really. The only thing I pulled from my life and people I know are backstories of the characters and the military influence.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
As a young girl it was Anne Rice who influenced me the most, she was from New Orleans and she had become such a rock star in the 90s. I wanted to be her when I grew up, now not so much, but she did inspire me to write.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just started the Suzanne Johnson series, Sentinels of New Orleans.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
See the last answer – can’t believe I just found this series.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
The NOLA Zombie series, I’m just wrapping up the third and final book in that story arc.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Zoey Derrick, does she count as an entity? Couldn’t have done this without her and we’ve really only met IRL once.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Well, I’m about to start final drafts of FIGHT, which is the 2nd book in the NOLA Zombie series, so it is not anywhere near shareable. Give me a little bit of time and I’ll get the prologue up.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Marketing. It has nothing to do with the writing but it is so ridiculously important.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Currently, I’m hot for Karen Marie Moning’s writings and I love how she really develops the characters perfectly.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The research involving the boats, I thought I had it right, but there were a lot of things I had to change and research and ask…it was daunting.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned about boat parts.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just go for it. Sit down and write, the first step is finishing the novel. You’ll get to the second step when you’re ready.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. The fact that I have readers just makes my day.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Supposedly, according to the parents, it was Mother’s Goose Fables.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
I would love to meet my grandfather, who died before I was born.
Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone and why ?
I don’t think I want to tombstone, sprinkle my ashes on the river and I hope a few of my family and friends get nice and drunk on my birthday in remembrance.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Art, film and photography, I have to be creative.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m an old school Buffy fan and basically anything from Joss Whedon.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors / Music
Foods: Seafood, shrimp, crawfish, crabs that sort of thing.
Colors: It changes with my mood, presently I’m feeling all about magentas.
Music: It rules my life, currently I’m sucking down DJs, Skrillex, Diplo, Zedd…you name it.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I want to be a tour guide. Haunted History tours in the French Quarter. I could work that.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
romance.rocks check it out and let me know what you think. ❤
Promo Stuff – I put more than you need I’m sure – thanks for doing this!
RUN (NOLA Zombie #1)
Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn’t prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered. She has been “prepping” for the last three years. The problem is location and timing. She’s stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the “non-preppers” this means hole up and stay safe).
Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her on the ass big time. Hopefully, it won’t be a literal bite by the walking dead.
Luck favors the prepared, and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller, the man with the plan, his goal: steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until they find safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. The two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can’t keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.
Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world, and if they do make it through the night, find a place that is safe and secure? Can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or heartbreak?
Zombies, sex, romance and carnage…you can’t get any better than this.
Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/Gillian-Zane/e/B00YZNTFRC/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1Mb46f1
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1AOH5hl