One word perfectly describes Gena Showalter: prolific. Often lauded as critics as a “star on the rise,” Showalter has not only released her popular YA series Intertwined, about a boy with four human souls residing within his body, but she is a conqueror of the adult paranormal market. It shouldn’t be a surprise that, sooner or later, this fearless author would take on the undead.
“I was on the phone with dear friend and fellow author, Kresley Cole, and we were talking about titles for my next adult romance. Jokingly, I said, ‘How about Alice in Zombieland?’ There was a pause. And then, she said something like, ‘You have to write that story.’ And I was like, ‘She’s right. Yes. Yes, I do,'” said Showalter.
Showalter immediately formed a plan for this aptly named zombie adventure, and characters were born for the newly fledged storyline – but with a twist.
“[The characters] weren’t adult. They were young adult, and the zombies weren’t zombie-eaters, but soul-eaters,” said Showalter.
It is these zombies, and not the traditional dotty characters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that Alice Bell must learn to battle.
However, Through the Zombie Glass ups the ante, when Alice is bitten by one of the zombies and a darkness in her soul is awakened – and even an author can fangirl over her own creations. The best part of writing Alice in Zombieland, Showalter had to admit, can be summed up in two words: Cole Holland, Alice’s gorgeous love interest.
The Zombieland series has been welcomed with much praise from critics and teen readers alike.
“I’ve been amazed, and humbled, and so very thankful. Knowing that I’ve touched someone’s life with one of my stories…well, it’s awesome,” said Showalter.
With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, plenty of aspiring writers have been searching all over for advice. Showalter, with over a dozen books to her name, thinks the best method to finishing a story is just that: sitting down and writing.
“I’ll be honest. There were days when I didn’t feel like writing. But I forced myself to do it anyway, because from the very beginning, I’d decided to treat writing as a business first, and pleasure second. Nowadays, I still write even when I don’t feel like it, but I’m finding more joy in creating the books and characters and storylines that inspire me, and following wherever I’m led,” said Showalter.
Fans of Showalter will be excited to hear that Showalter is hard at work on the third book in the Zombieland series.
“There’s no official title as of yet, but Alice and the gang will face their greatest enemy yet – the people controlling the zombies. The book will release September 2014, and I’m super excited about it,” said Showalter.