13 Questions with Julianne Snow

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Hello, hello, hello Addicts! I know you’ve just been dying to catch up with author Julianne Snow. Well, guess what…SHE’S BACK!!! Though she has been on HA before, this is Julianne’s first time as our 13 Questions featured author.

For our upcoming episode 89, Julianne has included excerpts from her novel Days with the Undead: Book One. She 384180_172140579544139_1566610311_nhas also included a sneak peek into Days with the Undead: Book Two, which will be making its debut later this year.

For those of you unfamiliar with Julianne’s novel, here’s a quick look into the beginning Day with the Undead:  Book One.

It was a close call today. We’ve been travelling west, trying to get in front of and then outrun the Undead for almost two days now. Trying to stay off the roads but keeping close enough to use them if the need arose was getting more and more difficult. And then the inevitable happened.

We came across a horde of the Undead just mulling – well, not even mulling – just standing in a clearing early this morning. As far from them as we were and as silent as we were being, something or someone in our group caught their global attention and the collective of milky white eyes that turned in our direction was positively bone-chilling.

Obviously, Julianne has a “very deep affinity” for Zombies and she was willing to let us in and tell us just why she loves zombies and horror so much. “It started back when I was six and caught the original Night of the Living Dead on television while I was home sick from school. There’s just something about the undead and apocalyptic tales that strikes a chord within me.”

“I also read Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery when I was in the third grade and it’s stuck with me since then. While the story is bleak, there’s a level of humanity within it that resounds within me. As the years have passed, I’ve read it again and again, finding nuances that could only be reflective of what I was going through personally. It’s probably my favorite short story of all time. I like feeling that build of tension; it’s what I strive to create when I write. There’s nothing better than hearing back from one of your readers who had the intended reaction to what I wrote.”

One of the main ways to keep in touch with Julianne and what she’s been up to is her Days with the Undead website. “At the moment, I’m not posting any new fiction but I am featuring other authors in the genre in my interview series called ‘Chewing Braaiiinns with…” on Mondays. On Fridays I have a feature called ‘Zombie Film Fridays’ where I feature a film in the genre and present some interesting facts about it. I’m hoping very soon to get back to regularly posting my ‘Zombie Vs.’ feature, but we’ll see if time and imagination allows. On my blog, Days with the Undead, I only post fiction in the zombie genre. On my other blog, The FlipSide of Julianne I post fiction that is more general horror in nature.”

dwtucoverfront-copy1For all you tech lovers out there, fear not, all of Julianne’s publications are available in print, as well as digital versions.

Julianne is one of the “lucky ones,” as she not only loves writing on her own time but she actually works in the industry as the Publicist at Sirens Call Publications. Another fact, you may not know about her is that Julianne is a certified Fire and Explosions Investigator.

Her goals are, in her own words…simple. “I want to be able to do what I love and keep doing it. I love writing and continued success, even on a small scale, will help me to continue doing what I love.”

“I [also] I have a collection of short stories releasing soon called Glimpses of the Undead. I also have a number of tales that have been accepted into anthologies which should be releasing at various times this year. If you’re good at keeping secrets, I’m involved in three collaborative writing projects that will be released later this year as well. I can’t give away too many details but I’m super excited about them!”

Julianne Snow’s Bio:

It was while watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 which solidified Julianne’s respect for the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing 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. Along with many zombie shorts published on her blog, she has a story in Women of the Living Dead as well as two zombie pieces; a standalone short and a collection releasing the summer of 2013. Julianne’s second novel in her Days with the Undead series will also be released in 2013. Stay tuned!

 

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Blogs: Days with the Undead & The FlipSide of Julianne & The Randomness of Julianne

Sirens Call Publications- Days with the Undead & Childhood Nightmares

I recently read two books from Sirens Call Publications. The first book I want to talk about is  Days With The Undead by Julianne Snow. This is a story of what happens when the dead rises and take over the planet, but its more then that. Days With The Undead is a survival manual that hopefully will save your life during the zombie apocalypse. The main character is a pathologist named Julie and her tale is told through a series of blog posts which started three days after Brooks VanReit rose from the dead.

Julie and her four companions are trying to escape ground zero and find a place where the dead have not taken over. They have a lot of challanges ahead of them including dealing with zombie chipmunks.

I really enjoyed how the story was told. The description of the dead coming to life in the hospital was great. I loved the way the people in the hospital reacted and the cover up that went on because the authorities didn’t know what they were dealing with. Another good scene was when the main characters we’re fighting the undead in a park and they have to decide if there survival is more important  then rescuing two kids surrounded by the undead. At this point the survivalists had made it clear that surviving went above everything else. I didn’t know how the situation was going to go and to me that made it the best part of the book.

I also liked all of the different people that the five survivors meet on the journey. Not everyone reacts the same to the plague sweeping across the U.S. and Canada. Some people  have lost all hope, Some people want to steal what ever they can get their hands on and some people just want to pretend its not happening. There is one funny scene in particular where a group of people are protesting the undead’s march across America.

What makes Days With The Undead different from other zombie novels that I’ve read is that its all told in first person. You get to hear Julie and her companion’s back stories as told by Julie. You also get Julie’s perspective on how society is falling apart and their plan on how they are going to survive. As the story moves along, you get to see her attitude change from being positive to loosing hope, to regaining hope as it looks like they may find an answer to their problems.  If you like a  good bloody zombie tale then you will love this one.

The next book I want to talk about is an anthology called Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed. Its not often that I come across an anthology where I like all the stories in it, but I did with this one and it was impossible to pick a favorite. After reading each story I found myself looking up information on all of the authors because I had to find out what other works they had out there.

The anthology starts off with Forgotten by Jack Wallen which is a  beautifully told, creepy ghost story, about a six year old child who gets visited late at night by a ghost of a girl with a big secret. I loved the conversations between the boy and the ghost in this one. Next up is Baby Teeth by Kim Kordel which is about a young boy named Brian who has been told some scary things about the tooth fairy. What made this story fun was hearing about all the things that Brian does to avoid having the tooth fairy come to his house. I also liked how scared he gets when he realizes that he is going to get a visit whether he likes it or not.

Julianne Snow also has a story in this anthology about a girl having night terrors. Help comes in the form of a doll named Madeleine. The ending of this one was shocking and funny at the same time. There is also a great story by Nina d’ Archangela called Bent Metal that centers on a girl who is having recurring nightmares of her brother dying. The description of the girl’s emotional state in  her dreams is excellent, this story alone makes this a great anthology. Nina did a superb job of making me feel sorry for the main character, it was impossible not to feel her pain.

Another great one here was Seeing Is Believing by Amber Keller. There is a monster living in Timothy’s room and it wants his flesh. No one believes him so he decides to take a picture, but every night he has to fight for his life and the creature is determined not to be seen. The suspense in this one was gut wrenching.

Kate Monroe, the editor of this anthology also has a terrifying tale in the book called Show and Tell. This one is about a boy named Thomas that finds he has a monster under his bed, but  its not really a bad thing, at least not for Thomas. Now he has a pet monster and all the people that picked on him are going to pay. This story was one of the most frightening and bloody stories in the anthology and I still felt sorry for Thomas.

Some of the other things you will read about in Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed is a ghost who makes a teddy bear come to life, a little girl who has to battle a demon to the death and a kid who has to pay the consequences when he tells tall tales. You also get stories about a cursed suitcase, a tale about a murderer called The Shade and a monster that lives in a sock drawer. If this anthology  is any indication of the quality of stories that Sirens Calls has to offer, then I’m really looking forward to future anthologies from Sirens Call Publications.