Thursday, October 24, 2013

Liza Interviews Tera Shanley about Zombies and her book Love in the time of the Dead

Today, I have a leading expert on Zombies to interview.

Peep Rep: You got Tera Shanley, author of Love in the Time of the Dead to come speak on Zombies?

Liza: Indeed I did.  Tera come in and have a seat.

Peep Rep: Don't sit in Liza's seat. Sit on my sofa instead.

Liza: Hold on, you aren't interviewing Tera, I am.

Peep Rep: But--

Liza: Go roundup the buy links while I interview my zombie expert.

Peep Rep: *leaves grumbling a great deal*

Liza: Tera, come in and sit in the red chair.

Tera: Thanks Liza. If you don't mind, I'd prefer the sofa. I'm exhausted from slaying zombies.

Liza: Oh all right. But in return you must answer my questions thoroughly. *sits on couch with Tera* Comfy?

Tera *wiggles about a bit* Yes, thank you.

Liza: Then let's start. What do your zombies look like?

Tera: Typical - rotting, flesh hanging from their faces and necks in strips, tattered clothing, serious case of rotty-pit-stank, clacking teeth, grayish green complexion, filmy eyes, stringy hair, questionable hygiene.

Liza: This is exactly why I never invite people over. What do your zombies eat?  Will they eat baby bird brains?

Tera: They prefer human delicacies but if they’re hungry enough, they’ll go for some baby bird brains for sure. Desperate times and measures and all and a zombie’s gotta eat!

Liza: If a Zombie bites an elephant, does it become a zombiephant?

Tera: A terrifying image, but no. This disease spreads through human tissue only, so no zombie weenie dogs, or zombiedonkeys, or zombiegoldfish.

Liza: Then how do you account for this picture I found.

Tera: Ummmm, Photoshop?
Liza: So let's get to the key worry of my readers. Are there real zombies out there in the streets?

Tera: No. I’ve killed them all. You’re welcome.

Liza: I can speak for us all that it's good to know you've killed all the human zombies. But since you adamantly insist the virus can't jump species, you haven't killed the zombie rats and they scare me more than the zombiephant.
Tera: There are no zombie rats.
Liza: Right. So are your zombies recently dead, or long dead?

Tera: Depends on when they were turned. The outbreak has only happened three years before, so the older ones are just starting to look like the good old-fashioned saggy-fleshed horror zombies.

Liza: How long does a zombie last before it falls apart?
Tera: Quite a while. The rate of decay is slowed, just like their agility and ability to feel pain. They can starve to an eventual death but it takes years, so waiting for one to just lose interest in eating you is a pointless endeavor. They’re patient hunters with a one-track mind and their favorite food is…well…you. Don’t feed the Deads. They’ll fall apart faster that way.

Liza: This one doesn't seem to eat. Do I still need to fear it?

Tera:  Absolutely. The hungrier they become, the better your brains...well maybe not your brains....

Liza: Because I'm a nut?

Tera: Exactly. Zombies don't eat nuts. They eat brains?

Liza: Thank God for that. Thank you for the lessons about zombies. I feel so much better knowing the rat and elephant zombies were photo shopped.   

And the Aye Aye Zombie is fake too, right?

Tera: The rule is simple, Liza. ONLY HUMANS can become zombies.

Liza: Maybe you should tell us about your story.


Laney Landry has been fighting Deads alongside her brother and friends for three years. But she has a secret. She's immune to Dead bites and has to find the right people to trust with the information. Her team rallies around her to find a doctor who can extract a vaccine from Laney which could fight the virus that ended the world.

Sean Daniels leads a colony that provides her team with much needed shelter and supplies. He is obviously interested in Laney. The question is whether he's only intrigued by her as a source for the possible vaccine, or for something more. Tests for the cure might push her body beyond what it can endure, and just as she faces a ghost from her past, her longtime teammate Derek Mitchell hints at an interest in more than just her Dead slaying abilities.

Two honorable and alluring men - one colossal decision to make. Despite historically bad taste in men, can she rise above the chaos of the apocalypse and choose the one who deserves her heart? The right choice could mean the difference between surviving...and actually living.

Liza: That sounds really good. Nor did I see a single zombiphant or zat. 

Peep Rep: I'm back with an excerpt.

Liza: Well done, Peep Rep. Tera, would you like to intro your excerpt, so we don't feel brain dead>

Tera: You got it. This is a scene where Laney’s team of fighters has been trapped in a house by a steadily growing number of Deads trying to get in. Her team is made up of her brother, Jarren, and his friends, Guist and Mitchell. And Laney, of course.

“Guist, we got company!” Where the hell was he?
The door gave way, hesitating only momentarily as the small chain creaked and tensed before it snapped, illuminating the entryway with waning daylight and a mob of walking dead. Guist appeared and sprinted for the stairway behind Laney. He held an ax in a white knuckled grip, and slid into the stairwell just as the first wave of monsters poured through the front door.
She checked out. She always did in battle. It was necessary for survival. No fear, no thought, just let her instincts guide her body.
Shot to the head.
Next Dead.
Shot to the head.
Next Dead.
Guist’s strong grip dug into her shoulder, dragging her up the stairs while she kept the Deads at bay. It was all he could do. Guist had been out of ammo before they even made it to the house. Other than blades, he was weaponless. He yelled something behind her but she couldn’t understand him over the sheer volume of the gunfire and the roaring Deads who stumbled and crawled over the bodies she felled. At the top of the stairs, Guist pulled her into a bedroom just as the zombies clawed at her clothing and gnashed their rotting teeth inches away from skin. The door slammed behind her and Mitchell pushed a dresser in front of it so fast it almost hit her in the hip.
She slid her rifle to her back and reached around to help steady the pile of furniture under Guist. He was already hacking away at the drywall in the ceiling with the heavy blade.
The dresser in front of the door was rocking steadily by the time the hole in the ceiling was wide enough for a man, and between shouted orders, Jarren and Guist were through to the attic to try and tear through roofing wood and layers of shingle.
“Up you go, sweetheart,” Mitchell yelled over the noise of the banging door.
She hesitated. They hadn’t had time to balance the furniture properly and Mitchell would never make it up without falling. She didn’t have the upper body strength to lift him through the hole behind her.
“You first, then lift me up!” she yelled.
“No way, Laney. I —”
“Don’t argue, Mitchell. I’m going to need you to lift me up. Now go!”
Mitchell cursed under his breath and grabbed the back of her head, sliding his fingers into her hair. The pressure from his grip brought their lips together. His kiss was as unexpected as it was violent, and it left her wide-eyed and panicked.

Mitchell held her gaze a moment longer. “Don’t be long.”

Liza: An apocalyptic romance. Who would have thought we had time for romance while fighting zombies?

Peep Rep: There's always time for Love.

Tera: That's the spirit Peep Rep!

Peep Rep: Thanks for killing all the human zombies and making the Elephant and rat zombies disappear with your certainty they can't exist.

Tera: Not a problem.

Peep Rep: Actually there is one problem. The Aye Aye didn't disappear in a cloud of logic.

Tera: That's because the Aye Aye hasn't been re-landscaped by rotting. This fellow is alive and these are his normal looks.

Liza: Talk about a horrible reincarnation! No wonder the fellow constantly throws his middle finger at the world. Peep Rep, have you found the buy links yet?

Peep Rep: Sorry, I had to get past a zombie kitten.

Liza: Tera, are you absolutely certain the virus hasn't jumped into other animals?

Tera: I'm 98.4% certain. 

Peep Rep: Tell that to the zombie kitten. Here are your Buy Links.


Liza: Thanks Peep Rep. Did you find a bio on Tera?

Peep Rep: Yes, but she's right here, why would you need it?

Liza: True, but there's a zombie kitten mewing at my door.

Peep Rep: Ah, I understand. No telling what else she's gotten wrong.

Bio for Tera Shanley
Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Dystopian (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love! A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. 

Stalking Links
No Zombie Animals please!


Peep Rep: Leave a message or I'll send Zombie cat after you.


  1. I am creeped out, and not in a good way...

    1. Why? Tera assured us all the zombie animals are fake and she's killed all the human zombies. (Thank you Tera) which only leaves the Aye Aye. Did the ugly little fellow upset you? Just imagine how upset he has to be, looking in the pond reflection each day.

  2. Liza, it's always a blast visiting. I giggled more than was even appropriate. Thanks for hosting me!!

  3. I am now fully educated about zombies thanks to this fun interview. Best of look with your book, Tera. I'm looking forward to reading it!

    1. Crap. It's too early for me to spell. That was best of "luck" not "look" LOL. I'll blame it on Liza and her distracting Aye Aye picture.

    2. haha, everyone gets a pass on spelling this early in the morning!

    3. Thanks for dropping by mae!! look at all this important stuff you learn around here - zombie education keeps you aware and safe in case of a zompocalypse ;) plus liza's pics are so funny, haha

    4. But Tera, you promised me you've killed all the real zombies, except for the Aye Aye, which insist is not a zombie, just the ugliest creature on earth. Imagine how bad you have to be to get reincarnated into that.

      But back to my objection--if all the zombies are dead why do we need to be aware and safe?

    5. for the unlikely case of another outbreak, during which I've been bitten by a rabid aye aye and am unable to protect the world. in that case, zombie knowledge is power.

  4. Love the kitty zombie, but now I'm wondering just what that gleam is in the eyes of my cats? I mean, really, are you sure it is only in humans????

    1. zombie kitty is my favorite too!

      almost totally sure. that gleam is just kitty naughtiness ;) thanks for stopping by Karen!

  5. Oy that rat picture!!!! But I do love zombie kitty

    1. zombierat is scary! but zombie kitty is much cuter ;)

    2. Which means you'll forget and hug it, and then become a zombie.

  6. Zombie kittens - lol. My daughter works with Lemurs - Aye Ayes are cool. Fun interview and scary pictures.

    1. thanks for tweeting, Daryl! I'm such a lemur fan - I blame King Julian from Madagascar :D Your daughters job sounds awesome!!

  7. Ahh! Zombies!! *runs away* ps: great interview!

    1. Liza, if you put a pic of a zombie clown on here, I'd be running and hiding with Sheri!

  8. had me at the zombiephant! And my head is spinning over the zombiekitten. 98.4%! Only 98.4% certain! Yikes! Tera, your books sounds great! Liza, hilarious as always.

    1. hehe, i'm with you. I love visiting Lisa. hilarity always ensues! The other 1.6% was just because Liza gives such strong arguments ;)

  9. LOLOLOLOLOL, oh man, awesome interview. Loved the pictures--specially that zombie rat. Could imagine if rats could become zombies? Remember how they spread the Plague? Yikes!

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the excerpt!!! I'm a zombie nut myself!

    1. I was just reading an article in National Geo. The rats are still spreading the black plague. A couple of hundred people die from it each year. A cabin in the US gave people the plague. If it gets properly diagnosed within 5-6 days you'll probably live. So you could have plague infested zombie rats.

      My fav it the real AYE AYE

    2. Good to meet another zombie fan Brenda! the zombie rat is totally a terrifying thought! and Liza I had no idea they were still spreading plague. That will visit my nightmares in the future, haha. (side note: I once had a sweet and adorable black rat named Templeton. I love the tamed ones. the wild bitey ones FREAK me out.)

  10. Zombie kittens are just too cute to be scary! But I have a zombies have digestive issues? I mean, the humans they eat... where do the waste go? In other we need to fear Zombie poop? Just imagine how bad the poop might be with that many zombies!

    1. Melissa! I poop you not, I just thought about this the other day. I mean, they still have clothes on, right? and you NEVER see skid marks on the movies. does what they digest just evaporate through their pores or something?! I need a second zombie expert to answer these urgent questions!

    2. Zombie kits are cute until they bite you.

  11. Rats! I knew the plague was still around. Fun, fun interview, ladies! The zombie kitty was awesome, but the zat was freakin' wild! Love these pics...they were photochopped, right? You're just kidding about the 98.4% right, right? LOL Love your posts, Liza!

    1. i'm at least 99% sure now. That's some pretty good odds we're safe from the zanimals ;)

    2. Thanks Jenna. I had such fun gathering zombie pictures and Tera had such grand answers. We made a hilarious team.

  12. I had to skip over all the bloody pictures and gory parts, but other than that it was a wonderful interview. Tweeted.


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