Why First Person?

A lof ot times when people speak to me about my Living With the Dead series (Married With Zombies, Flip This Zombie, Eat Slay Love and The Zombie Whisperer), they ask me why I wrote the books in first person. Actually, what they are really asking is why my hero, Dave, doesn’t have a ‘voice’. The answer?

Well, it just happened that way.

Sarah’s voice was just so strong as I started writing MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES that I had to tell that story, and the rest of the stories, from her point of view and in her ‘voice’ without the barrier of a narrator between the reader and the character. I truly love Sarah, with all her flaws and strong personality. She is snarky and too hard and too loud and just awesome.

But does that mean I think all books have to be in first person? Absolutely not. In fact, in THE ZOMBIE WHISPERER, I think readers who longed for a little Dave time will be happy with a surprising twist in the last part of the story. And again, that twist is being written because it feels right to me and for the story.

Then in my next series, CLUB MONSTROSITY, the story is told in third person. Both my heroine, Natalie (a Frankenstein’s Monster) and Alec (a Wolf Man) have a POV and a voice. I really liked being in both their heads, especially since they are so at odds and both such interesting characters to me.

In the end, the point of view I write in is sort of like plot or character to me. I make the choices I make based upon what feels right for the story. And also on what’s fun to me. My first audience is me, so if I can make myself laugh… then hopefully it will entertain the very nice people who go out and buy a copy of my books.

So what do you guys think of first person versus third person in books? Do you care? Or do you have a preference?

  • Darcy Drake

    First things first — I cannot wait for Club Monstrosity! Love the old school horror feel versus paranormal.

    Now first person pov — 9 times out of 10, I prefer reading in third. The exception being YA. In your series, I definitely think the heroine’s voice is strong enough to carry all those books. No complaints here, just happy reader. 😀

    • Let’s face it: your average fare in the zombie apocalypse novel tends to carry a heavy dose of machismo, especially in the first person. What I love most about the Living With the Dead series is that the female perspective can be just as gun-toting, leather-cad, brain-bashing, bad-ass awesome, yet still appreciate a hot shower and a romantic gesture, like sharpening your spouse’s machete, or gently wiping away the bit of eyeball stuck stuck to her cheek.