Falling in Love… With Birds

A few months ago, my husband and I were watching The Big Year. It has Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson (some of my favorite comedic actors) as three birders trying for a "big year", which is when birders try to see as many birds as they can between midnight January 1st and midnight December 31. Although these three comedians didn't exactly have HUGE comedic moments in the movie, we totally loved it. So a few weeks later, we were at the Tucson Festival of Books and stopped by the Audobon Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: How I Got to MWZ

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. Kirsty says: Hi Jesse, my question is, where did your inspiration come from for the married with zombies series. what triggered in your mind Read more [...]

The Actor’s Studio

Okay, who else here watches The Actor's Studio with James Lipton? Is it not the best? The actors are obviously a very different beast from writers, but I often find things in common with process there and it's entertaining as hell. My favorite part is always the end with Lipton asks his guest the ten questions made famous by French talk show host Bernard Pivot. I thought it would be fun to answer them, so here they are: What is your favorite word? Illuminate. What is your least favorite word? Read more [...]

Off to Warmer Waters

Christian Lambert Photography / Foter.com / CC BY-NDBy the time you read this, I will be on a plane to Miami so we can head out for our cruise tomorrow. Please cross your fingers that we don't: A)lose power B)float out to sea to be eaten by gulls C) have a zombie attack on board Assuming none of these tragedies befall us, I will be back live with pictures in a week or so. Until then, there are blogs scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week. They will just be posted by robots. Also, Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: Zombie Intelligence

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. Eric says: Flip This Zombie opened the door to the possibility of zombie intelligence. Can zombies evolve intelligence on their own given Read more [...]

Uncle!! Uncle!! (Why I Tapped Out on The Walking Dead)

Okay I'm about to admit something that will likely get my geek card revoked. It's terrible, I know, but I have always been honest with you here and I have to continue that. Last month I.... I took The Walking Dead off my DVR. And I erased the episodes I had waiting for me to watch. I officially tapped out on The Walking Dead. Let that sink in a minute, but before you write to me in outrage and bash me in print and online, let me explain why: First, I have so many issues with the characters on the Read more [...]

Dear Authors: PLEASE don’t get ripped off!!!!!

So most of you probably don't know this, but from 1999-2010ish I ran a website for authors called The Passionate Pen. The site contained articles for writers, links to agents and publishers and a lot of other info for authors looking to publish romance (mostly) fiction. When I got busier and felt interest had waned, I stopped updating it, though much of the info is still there and every once in a while I think about restarting it. Recently, my husband has taken his duties as my own assistant and Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: Titles of Books

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. kai charles says:I wonder, how you come up with your titles? They are so funny! Titles are a funny thing. A lot of the time the author Read more [...]

Comedy in Fiction

So I'm a bit of a multiple personality. Sybil might be my next pen name. I write dark, erotic historical romance as Jess Michaels... not funny. But in 2009, I had an idea for a different kind of story. With zombies. And it ended up being hilarious. But I also felt like the humor in Married With Zombies served a purpose beyond entertaining myself. Why? First, humor brings reality to a story. Most of us are not entirely angst-driven. We crack jokes, often inappropriate jokes, in our darkest moments. Read more [...]

Move Or Die: Changes in Publishing

publicenergy / Foter.com / CC BY-NC Did you know that there are certain breeds of cattle who will sit down when frightened or confused and just lay there until they die? Seriously, they will not listen to their internal cow voice that says, "shit, I better get up and eat or something". People are supposed to be smarter, I guess, but sometimes I wonder. We are so freaked out by change in our lives that I think some of us do that cow thing and just lay down and wait for something, someone to save Read more [...]