|The following is a guest post from Julianne Snow, author of ‘Days with the Undead: Book One‘.|
Hello, my name is Julianne Snow and I am a published author. I feel like I should be standing at the front of a room addressing all of my contemporaries when I say that. Writing is an addiction that I feed on a daily basis. It’s not something that I do once in a while or on a whim; it’s a part of my identity.
I started writing in the latter years of elementary school and continued throughout high school. I gained intense enjoyment out of creating worlds and putting those worlds onto paper. At that point in time, I had always imagined my life would contain writing on some level. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it full time or if it was something that I wanted to do for myself. A wise person, a mentor of mine, made a suggestion at the crossroads of my life, trying to guide me in pursuing the best education possible. At that junction I made a choice that I don’t regret, but I do wish I had made a few addendums to. I should have carried on writing fiction; instead I traded it in for the long nights of academic papers and lab reports. It wasn’t until I was facing down an illness that I rediscovered the joy that writing had once held for me. Since then, there has been no looking back.
Each time I sit down to write into one of my many works in process, a small thrill passes through me. As I read over the last few paragraphs of prose, I cannot help but be struck by the sheer magnitude of what I have accomplished sometimes. Keep in mind that I am not in competition with anyone, I write at my own pace and I write when I have the inspiration to do so. I can find myself on my lunch hour at my day job, writing long hand almost furiously as I pause quickly to scarf down my lunch. There are days when I get out only five hundred words and others where I churn out three thousand. It all depends on where I am in a particular work in progress and how easily the scene flows out of my mind and onto paper. I have a number of short stories that are published or that will be published in the near future and one book available for purchase right now. If you like stories of survival or ones that contain Zombies, might I suggest that you pick it up sometime?
I have been asked by my readers and by fellow authors where I find my inspiration. It seems to be a very sought after answer but not one that I can give you, other than to say, they come from my head. I don’t know if my subconscious mind picks up on things and then twists them into something usable or if they just magically appear. The main point to remember is that inside my mind there is a never-ending well of them. I feel like I should knock on wood here for some reason; the last thing that I want to do is jinx myself. Okay, I’ve done it just to be on the safe side.
Writing is my passion. It fills a void in my soul that I hadn’t even realized needed filling; sure, I knew that there was something missing but it could have been anything from a pet to an aspect of job satisfaction, anything really. Reviving my love of writing has opened many new doors for me. There have been people that I never would have met otherwise and connections that I never would have made. As corny as it sounds, it really does complete me.
Here’s an excerpt from my first novel Days with the Undead: Book One –
“The drive up the coast was harrowing. Numerous times I thought it was over and that we were done for. There were just too many of them and there didn’t seem to be any way to get around but to go through them. Sometimes they were so close that their bodies rocked the Escalade. Other times, we used them as speed bumps.
Keeping it together was paramount and extremely difficult. Poor Ben had gotten the short end of the stick driving that day; he can drive, but in our old lives he mostly commuted on his bicycle. This kind of driving, while new to all of us, was certainly the hardest on Ben. He handled it well though. We got through them and then slightly ahead of them just in time to make it into Eureka to catch the show.
The city was on fire. Completely engulfed. I’ve never seen anything like it in all of my years.”
It was watching George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of six that solidified Julianne’s respect of the Undead. Since that day, she has prepared herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.
Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name. You can find Julianne’s The Living Dead of Penderghast Manor in the anthology Women of the Living Dead and stories in upcoming anthologies called Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed and Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity from Sirens Call Publications.
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