Today I am interviewing Lisa Acerbo, Author of Apocalipstick, published by Eternal Press in August of 2013.
This interview will be open for commentary following publication, and should be written in a professional tone.
Hello Lisa and welcome!
Q: Awesome title, but why 'Apocalipstick' ?
A: The title was the last important decision I made. I had a different title that I was not in love with and was constantly brainstorming options. Apocalipstick came from my daughter. I was telling her about a scene in the book where the main character, Jenna, puts on her mother’s lipstick for the first time after the zombie apocalypse. She is finally out of harm's way at the High Point Inn and has the luxury of remembering the past and looking forward to a possible future. My daughter joked, you should call the book Apocalipstick and the title stuck.
Q: Is this book part of a series you have written or will write in the future?
A; Apocalipstick is my first book, but book two is coming together at this point. I like getting to know the characters on a deeper level, so I love the idea of a series. You get to see the many sides of a character and watch them grow and change. I was working on my first book and already planning the next book in my head, thinking about the changes and developments that would happen to Jenna and Caleb, the main characters.
Q: What scares you the most?
A: Writing a romantic scene is scary. They are much harder to write than the zombie battles. I grew up in a very traditional, very Catholic family, so love scenes can be tough to write at times, but I am starting to get over that fear. Book two is zombies and romance 2.0. In addition to writing romance, I am scared of an actual zombie apocalypse. I am a slow runner and have no ability to wield a weapon. Actually, I am a pacifist. I’d be the first to die in a real zombie apocalypse. Let us hope zombies don’t rise up for a few more years.
Q: Do you have any literary influences?
A: I grew up reading novels by Judy Blume, Johanna Lindsey, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King, among others. While entirely different genres, these authors inspired me to want to read more and write fiction. Is it odd that I love both horror and romance genres? I love authors who can create vivid conflicts and life-like characters in relationships, romantic or otherwise. I am a high school teacher and these days I am inspired by the books my high school students read like Twilight, the Chicagoland Vampire Series, and The Hunger Games. I enjoy reading romances with action and adventure, and I wanted to create a book with those elements.
Q: What makes this book phenomenal?
A: I hope what makes Apocalipstick great is what makes some of the classic zombie movies so interesting to watch. Dawn of the Dead (1978) used the zombie genre to make a comment of society and consumerism. When I began the novel, I hoped that my audience could, on some level, relate to Apocalipstick and find a message in the story. Every day, people fight small battles, whether it is with school, jobs, illnesses, or family problems. At times, people also lose hope or feel detached, similar to the characters called the “others.”
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