Opening the Floor for Questions

It’s a new year and with new years always come new promises. I’ve made one to myself that I’ll blog more often and I have some pretty cool topics I’m hoping I’ll be able to cover in the next 12 months. But I also want to write things that are interesting to you all, so I’m opening up the floor for questions. If you’ve ever wanted to know anything about:

  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Zombies
  • Monsters
  • Where Ideas Come From
  • Where Babies Come From
  • What My Cats are Doing Right Now
  • What Awesome TV Shows I’m Watching
  • What I Like to Do on a Tuesday Night
  • Or any other subject…

Then ask me a question here in comments and I’ll add it to the queue to answer as a blog! Oh and the best question I get will receive a copy of THE ZOMBIE WHISPERER when it releases shortly (in Kindle or Nook format). So you know you want that… I’ll pick from the questions on Friday, January 4 so askย soon!!

Happy New Year!!!!!

  • Sarah Stone

    The zombie series has been amazing so far and I cannot wait for The Zombie Whisperer to come out to continue the adventure. Here’s my question, will there more to this super awesome couple and their adventure?

  • Kim

    How do you keep motivated? Plus love the series so far!

  • Ellie

    If (when) the Zombie Apocalypse happens, would you follow a similar survival route to Sarah and David or would you adopt a completely different approach?

  • JenniferK

    What would be your weapon of choice if you found yourself in the middle of a zombie outbreak? Do you think you would survive like Sarah and David or one of the victims? Do you find that you write better in the morning or late at night?

    I love these books!!!

  • Hope Ferguson

    When I read some of your history before regarding the married with zombies series, I recall you talking about your love for the Zombieland movie and how you incorporated ideas from the movie into your writing. Now that The Walking Dead has really taken off (outside of its comics), will you incorporate any themes from it into your writing for the series? The brutality? The loss of civilization? Thank you !!

  • Heather Hall

    Hi Jesse,

    I was wondering if you were going to be writing anymore stories about in the Married with Zombies series, since it was a great series.

  • How did you come up with your type of zombies? Or I guess why did you pick that type of zombie?
    ie. Shuffling undead, fast contagion, blood infects, bite infects, rotting corpses, withered dried undead

    ๐Ÿ˜€ keep writing I always laugh so much reading your books!

  • Luke Cassar

    You’ve obviously created quite an extensive world and back-story for your zombie whisperer series. Have you ever considered approaching others to use the world in other media like animation, comics or video games? (with or without Dave and Sarah)

  • Jenn Melton

    Being the super-rad zombie fan that you are, do you find it difficult to find new ways of inventing a zombie backstory?

  • Julie Seavello

    If there is more to the awesome couple, will there be a baby in the future? That would make for an interesting storyline.

  • kai charles

    I wonder, how you come up with your titles? They are so funny!

  • Suzanne perreira

    I have enjoyed the series so far and can’t wait for the next book. My question is, do you think of the entire story before you start writing or do you let it flow and see where it goes?

  • Do you base Sarah and David’s relationship on yours with your husband?

  • Michelle

    How many are you planning for the series?? I love Sarah & Dave. Love the pop culture references.

  • Jess

    So my question is what level of research goes into each story? Like the Married with Zombies series vs Erotic Historical Fictions vs a short story? How much do you advise per genre and to what extent? (Make up 90%? Talk to friends and coworkers? Talk to specalists? Read?) I have always wondered how much authors do/what is acceptable.

  • What made you decide to write about zombies and the zombie apocolypse? What was it about using a married couple going through a rough patch that appealed to make them the main protagonists?

  • Sam

    Will we ever find out what happens to the Kid?

  • Kirsty

    Hi Jesse, my question is, where did your inspiration come from for the married with zombies series. what triggered in your mind and did you know it would be such a success? sorry thats more than one question i guess. xx

  • Natalie

    Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? How so?

  • Mona

    Hello Jesse,
    first of all: I really enjoy reading your books! I accidentally stumbled upon “Flip this Zombie” first at Cologne central station (I’m from Germany) as I was browsing for stuff to read on the train and fell in love with both Dave and Sarah and your writing, of course.
    My question for you is, if you have some special piece of clothing that enhances your creativity like a lucky bra or zombie-pumps or anything?

  • Garine Avakian

    If zombies weren’t brain dead slobs, how would a family of four plus their extended family of zombies uncles, aunts, cousins and embarrassing relatives celebrate New Years?

  • How do you organize your thought and plot when you first start a book? And do you know the entire plot before you start writing or do you build the plot as you go?

  • Terry

    As my favorite zombie author, I respect your opinion on zombie speed and endurance. So, do you like fast zombies ( as in 28 Days Later sprint) or the traditional slow and plodding that you can run away from but that eventually get you and slowly use you like a buffet-zombie?

  • Nik

    Fell in love with the series first off. So here’s my question: Do you think that in the event of a zombie apocalypse you would be able to retain your own humanity to help others,including sharing weapons, food and medical supply, helping the injured, or do you feel you would be one to look after their own and avoid other drifters to salvage your supplies and avoid vulnerability and maybe
    avoid the dangers of being robbed or hurt?

  • Kristen

    How did living in central Illinois impact your writing for this series? I know you are no longer there, but as a former Central Illinoisan myself, I am curious as to any motivation my hometown area had on this great series.

  • Veronica Lace

    The young girl in book one,whom helps Sarah and David .will she appear in any other books? I feel she would be a super nova character! I want more!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Patti Rauccio

    Hi Jesse,
    Who does your cover art for your books? I think they are all fantastic covers. Will Club Monstrosity have the same type of cover art? Do you have the final say in picking the final image?
    Thanks and keep the stories coming!! I love to read them!

  • Jennifer Riedel

    What began your love for zombie writing, especially since it is different from other zombie books, you show romance and real life too?

  • I was going to ask the same question as another reader…Will there be more Sarah and David? I loved that series. I always recommend it to my friends who love zombies but also enjoy something a little lighter. Why do zombies have to be all doom and gloom? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rob

    If you could be a character in any book, which character would you choose and why?

  • Tim Bailey

    So a zombie, a Rabbi,and a nurse walk into a bar. What happens next?

  • Kelli McElreath

    I was wondering, with all your short zombie stories will you ever develop them into books. There are several that stuck with me and I wish the story would continue. Like a series of books from the short stories even if they are not related to each other. Does that even makes sense.

  • Eric in Ohio

    I also have enjoyed reading your books and glad the adventure will continue. If you could write a book mixing the adventures of Sarah and David with other characters in the literary world, whose paths would they cross and what would be the plot?

  • tiffany

    hey Jesse,
    my question is have you been approached yet for a movie deal? Sarah and Dave sound like the exact couple I would love to see on the big screen!! If you have not been approached yet, would you want to turn Sarah and Dave into a movie(s)? thank you for your writing, cannot wait for number 4!!

  • Kristin

    I love the series. My question is and I hope I’m not saying anytging I’m not supposed to, but in Married with Zombies, Dave’s eyes are described as brown, and after he jas the serum, his eyes go “back to green.” So did you change his eye color after the fact or did his eye color change due to the serum? (I’ve read the series three times, I catch small details I guess.)

  • Stacy

    I love your series. My wish for you (and me!) this year is that some smart producer/director out there will make your books into a movie(s). I have recommended your books to so many people and would love to see them come to life on the big screen! Any offers yet?

  • Eyeliner: essential tool for the apocalypse or needless luxury item?

  • Megan

    Hi Jesse! I love your writing! You’re part of my inspiration for writing, honestly! I was just wondering, why don’t the zombies in the wild infect critters, since it was proven possible in the lab? That adds a whole other terror factor into the zombie apocolypse idea! Are they just too small/fast, or do the zombies just have no interest in anything but human flesh, even when they’re way far away from a population? Of course, I’m also curious about your writing proces, and the publishing world, but ever since I put that book down, I can’t stop thinking about zombie animals… Can’t wait for your next book!

  • Olivia

    If your books ever get turned into a movie, who do you hope would play Dave and Sara???

  • First off, I adore the Married With Zombies series. It is excellent. Can’t go wrong with humor and zombies. I’ve purchased all of them and downloaded the ebook only additions as well.

    My question deals with publishing. I have been trying to get a book published for quite some time. I write for a Federal Newsletter in which my short story column has been featured for years. I’ve gotten great feedback. I’ve also had a few shorts published by small companies. I’ve gotten good feedback there as well and have built up a small following of repeat buyers. Yet, I never have any luck in landing an agent. Do you have any advice?

  • Sarah Stone

    Where would be your ultimate camp out spot if a zombie apocalypse were to happen? Example: Walmart, Sams Club. And why would you choose that spot?

  • Wendy Roberts

    I love the Married With Zombies series! I actually started reading it after seeing Married With Zombies on the New Release shelf in my local library.

    My question to you is: In the event of an actual zombie apocalypse, what one item would you not be able to live without?

  • Anastacia Kontz

    When writing the Married with Zombies series, was there an idea that you loved for the series but didn’t make it in? If so, what was it?

  • Tiffany Hinkley

    Seeing that the zombies genre is so pervasive today, what do you do to ensure that your story is different?

  • Ben Buckley

    When you start to write a new book, what steps do you take to get yourself in the zone?

    Love the books! Can’t wait for the 4th!!!

  • Sam

    I love all things zombie and your books have become some of my favorites!

    My question is: What is your editing process? Do you write straight through a book then edit the whole thing or do you edit the daily 10 pages at the end of your “shift”? Or, do you have an editor who does it all for you? I started writing a blog last year and though it is completely different than what you do, I find myself over-thinking and over-editing most (but not all) of my posts before they make it to the blog so many of them never make it that far. As a professional writer, is this something you face or is there a process you use to avoid this?

    Thanks, and please keep the hits coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes? And are there any zombie zebras? Zombras? Zembies?

  • Bonniejane O’Dea

    Do you feel that you have a stronger connection to your readers than most other authors based on your strong social networking? Do you feel that your presence on these sites has helped/hindered your writing?

  • How do you pick your audio production company? Is it strictly a matter of an advance? Have you considered self-publishing the audiobook as well?

  • Eric

    Flip This Zombie opened the door to the possibility of zombie intelligence.

    Can zombies evolve intelligence on their own given enough time (and dare I say natural selection)? Or will they just whither away and die when their food supply is exhausted?

    Love the books!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kathy

    Your books are a great balance of horror and comedy–kind of like a real marriage–have you ever written a zombie scene that scared you so much you considered NOT finishing it?

  • Kay Lyn Kaiser

    If you come back to Joplin, MO, can you make an appearance later on a Saturday afternoon so I could actually MEET you this time, if I had to work that day? (Say, 2 or 3 pm?) Thanks again for signing the books for me!!! Is there a baby in the future for our fearless heroes?

  • Jennifer Ahlhorn

    How do you keep coming up with different ideas to keep readers in suspense? Does your writing and ideas just flow or do you plan out the “intense” or key events ahead of time?

  • Beverly

    Why oh why is this the final book with Dave & Sarah?? we want more more more! lol……….also, I always want to know what people cats are doing…..my calico Cybele is currently frolicking and digging in the snow, ROFL

  • Loraine Contreras

    Hi Jesse, I really enjoyed the Living with the Dead Series. I especially enjoyed the chemistry between Dave and Sarah. I was wondering if Dave and Sarah would ever consider having a child in a Zombie Apocalypse? If so, would they still continue to do what they do or retire?

  • Rachel

    I am new to reading works by you. I was wondering what other books have you published and are all of them available in hardcover?? I am curious as to why you would end a series on the two best zombie killers? is there a possibility that you might consider writing more about their adventures during post zombie outbreak?
    Keep up the good work, you inspire. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • VergeG

    I don’t like your books… I LOVE THEM! Tell me, where did those awesome ideas come from? Like the fact that David was actually immune to zombies. Another question would be if your book was made into a movie, who do you think could play David and Sarah? And lastly, what is the connection of zombies to the earths gravitational pull? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jonica Courtney

    What did you get for Christmas? ๐Ÿ™‚ As a bonus question just for fun, what are your cats doing right now?

  • duane johnson

    Why does everyone purse their lips so much?