Taking a Break

I want to start this blog by saying how much I love all of you who come here. You are a very lovely, loyal band of readers who are always so kind and so sweet and so giving. Whatever comes after this, I want you to know how much I've appreciated the support since Married With Zombies came out in 2010. But the time has come for me to face a bitter truth, both for me and maybe for some of you. The merry band of Jesse Petersen readers just is not big enough and it does not seem to be growing. Sales Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: Audiobooks

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. Patrixmyth asks:How do you pick your audio production company? Is it strictly a matter of an advance? Have you considered self-publishing Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: Writing More Zombies

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. Kelli McElreath asks:I was wondering, with all your short zombie stories will you ever develop them into books. There are several that stuck Read more [...]

Release of The Monsters In Your Neighborhood

Today is one that is a long time coming. It's the release day of The Monsters In Your Neighborhood, the second book in the Club Monstrosity series. Here is a blurb: As one of Frankenstein’s Creatures, Natalie Gray knows that unique parts sometimes make up a great whole. Still, leading a diverse support group for monsters—now including Cthulhu!—isn’t an easy task. Especially not since the internet arrived. New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, even for such a fun-loving 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Club Monstrosity Release Day!!

The day is here!! Finally, after months of writing, editing, selling, celebrating and waiting, Club Monstrosity is finally on shelves. Well, okay, on readers near you! So here are a few things you need to know: 1. I love this book! I fought to have it published and now it's here, thanks in great part to my awesome literary agent Miriam Kriss, my terrific editor Adam Wilson and my fabulous publisher Pocket Star. I hope you'll all love it as much and BUY IT!! 2. The book is available in e-format-only... Read more [...]

Monsters In the Real World

One of the most fun aspects of writing Club Monstrosity for me was thinking about what monsters might go through in the real world. Being a bit of an outcast during certain periods of my life, it wasn't that much of a reach for me to think about how being really, really different might make someone feel. So here is my take on Monsters in the Real World: The Challenges: All of my monsters are in hiding. Not a one of them is out and proud, being all monstrous in public. But unlike a lot of things Read more [...]