Like most authors, the question I get asked most when I meet new people and tell them what I do is “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s a funny question because 99% of the time I don’t know. I mean, it’s not like there’s an idea store somewhere that I can pop in to on my way home from the bank. An idea is just… there for me most times. My guess is that it hatches from some weird egg in my subconscious that was fertilized over time by things I’ve read and seen and done and said and heard.
Of course, in the case of MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES throw all that out the window. I know exactly where my idea for the book came from and I know the exact moment the egg hatched! Let me take you back to October 2009. The movie Zombieland had been out for a couple of weeks and we went out with some friends to see it in the theatre. That was a Saturday.
On Sunday night, I was laying in bed with my husband and I started to see a scene. I rolled over and said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if a couple was going to counseling and when they got there, they realized their marriage counselor was a zombie.” Poor man, he’s used to this type of thing. He agreed and I think he thought it was over until I continued, “And wouldn’t it be funny if they used all they learned in marriage counseling to survive the zombie apocalypse?” Again, he agreed. “Someone should write that,” I said.
That was when he reminded me I was a writer. By the end of the next day I had written over thirty pages and my literary agent had already read them and told me to “finish this, finish this, finish this”. Within three weeks I had done just that. The book literally fell out of me over those weeks. I was obsessed with it, it ran through my mind like a movie and I just had to try to keep up and get it all down.
Within a couple more weeks, the book was out to editors all over New York. Several offers and one pre-empted auction later and MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES had gone from a what if idea to a scheduled reality with more books to follow about my lead characters Sarah and David.
Maybe next time, I’ll take a pass by that idea store. Or just go to the movies…