Question Wednesday: Too Scary for Primetime

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I’ll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I’ll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here.

Kathy asked: 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?

That’s a good question! I definitely wasn’t always down with the scary stuff, especially as a kid, when my Mom wouldn’t let me watch that kind of stuff. But as I got older and married a guy who did get to watch horror movies, I’ve found that I kind of like a good, old fashioned scare. 🙂

Now as far as my own stuff goes, the comedy you mentioned does tend to soften the horror. Any time I start to get scared or I feel the scene is getting a little dark for me (or for my readers), I insert a little snark. That tiny smile, that little laugh, makes it more fun to get through something scary or nasty. In fact, that’s what a lot of readers who were never into zombie stuff, but liked Married With Zombies have said. The comedy saves them from being overwhelmed by other emotions.

So do you like snark with your scare?

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