Today is My Birthday!

poppet with a camera / Birthday Photos / CC BY Yup, the title says it all. Today is my birthday and I'm 30-mushes a hand over her face-something years old today! I'm sure Mike will be doing something awesome that I won't be expecting, No pressure. And I'm sure I'll see the two best nephews ever. Then weekend of fun! Birthday extravaganza! Any suggestions of cool things to do (recalling that I don't drink so getting puke-drunk isn't on my list)? Also, can someone make me that Ghostbusters cake? 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: Why Not Other Media for Dave and Sarah?

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. Why Aren’t Dave and Sarah a Movie, Audiobook, comic book, etc? (This one is actually a mash-up of similar questions from Luke C., Tiffany 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 [...]

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 [...]