Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interview with Jesse Petersen & Giveaway - June 15, 2011

Please welcome Jesse Petersen to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jesse:  I'm not sure I have any interesting writing quirks. Maybe it's just not something I can identify in myself since I have my system and it works for me. I'm sure if someone came in to my office and looked at me write for 24 hours they'd figure I was a big weirdo. :)

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jesse:  It's hard for me to name a favorites since I read very widely and it's all dependent on mood. I'm probably more influenced by zombie movies and TV shows since Dave and Sarah use their own knowledge of those kinds of things in order to survive the apocalypse.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jesse:  I'm a plotter, though I pantsed my way through MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES because I originally wrote it just to entertain myself. But I am, by nature, a planner and I continue to plan my books since then.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Living With The Dead series?

Jesse:  My husband and I went with some friends to see "Zombieland" and late that night I kept having this very clear picture of Dave and Sarah going to their therapist's office and discovering she had been turned into a zombie and then having to use her marital advice to escape the zombie apocalypse. And hence, MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES was born.

TQ:  Who would play Sarah and David in a movie of the books?

Jesse:  I think Nathan Fillion for Dave. Sarah is harder. I still like Alyson Hannigan (from "How I Met Your Mother" and "Buffy" , but thusfar no one from Hollywood is making a movie of it. Maybe some day.

TQ:  Describe Shambling With The Dead in 140 characters or less.

Jesse:  TV Producer Avery puts together telethons after tragedies, but the Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy. And then the zombies come.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the Shambling With The Dead?

Jesse:  It's a short story, so there aren't really scenes. I do like when the Ryan Seacrest type host gets it, though.

TQ:  In your Living With The Dead series, who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Jesse:  As a writer, I'm very lucky that both Dave and Sarah were really easy to write, they felt very real to me. I guess The Kid in Book 2 was a little harder since I don't have kids, myself and my nephews are much younger than him.

TQ:  How many books, novellas, etc. are planned for the Living With The Dead series?

Jesse:  My publisher doesn't want any more Living With the Dead books, but now that I'm self-publishing the limits are sort of dropped. The last book is officially EAT SLAY LOVE out in July, but I'll be putting out a short story collection set in the same universe. It's called IN THE DEAD and will be out in August (you can't pre-order indie pubbed books, but it will be up the last week of July). And there may be room for more Living With the Dead books and other zombie stories in the future.

TQ:  What's next?

Jesse:  My upcoming releases are EAT SLAY LOVE (July), IN THE DEAD: Volume 1 (August) and I'm planning another IN THE DEAD volume probably late 2011 or early 2012 as long as the first one sells well and I feel there's still demand for it. I'm also working on some other projects for 2012. The best place to follow what's coming when is my website: , my Facebook:!/pages/Jesse-Petersen/246153580904 and my Twitter where you can follow me @jessepet. I update there very regularly.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jesse:  Thanks so much for having me!

About Jesse's Books

Married with Zombies
Living With The Dead 1
(Orbit, September 1, 2010)
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders

Flip This Zombie
Living With The Dead 2
(Orbit, January 1, 2011)

The Zombie Apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they're starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs.
There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers...Except one of them doesn't want the zombies dead, he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients and this time, Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.

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Shambling with the Stars
A Living With The Dead Short Story
(Orbit, June 15, 2011)
Avery Andrews is her name and directing celebrity telethons after tragedies is her game. But the Northwestern Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy... and once the infection spreads to the studio, Avery and her crew will have to worry about staying alive, not ratings.

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Eat Slay Love
Living With The Dead 3
(Orbit, July 1, 2011)
Sarah and David have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought the undead, mad scientists, and even bionic monsters until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they're headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored "Wall." They're feeling pretty optimistic.
That is until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects.
Eat. Slay. Love.
Because they haven't got a prayer.

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About Jesse
A Facebook quiz once told Jesse that she would only last a few weeks in a zombie apocalypse. She does not believe this because she's a good shot and has an aversion to bodily fluids. She currently lives in the Midwest with her hero husband (who is also a good shot) and two cats (who cannot be trusted).
Jesse's Links

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Married with Zombies (Living With The Dead 1) from Jesse and a copy of Flip This Zombie (Living With The Dead 2) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What weapon would you have to have during a zombie apocalypse?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I would definitely have to have a machette. Thing would never run outta bullets! Lol

  2. Don't enter me please lol Married with Zombie and Flip this Zombie Stars are all read and Eat, Slay Love is on order with my indy.

    Weapon of choice would be a crowbar. Nice weight, can bash, and pry.

  3. Jesse,

    Your books sound fantastic! I LOVED Zombieland. I can't wait to read Married With Zombies and Flip This Zombie!!!

    So keeping in mind the proximity to a zombie, their teeth really, I'd have to have a sword. Stabbing through the eye or taking off the head would kill the zombie brain and still keep a little more distance from their bite radius than other weapons. And then there's the whole not running out of bullets issue! =D

    Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway!!!

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  4. I've always been partial to a baseball bat. It just feels right. LOL

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  5. In case of a zombie uprising, I'd like to have a good ol' double-barrel shotgun (and a few crates of shells!) The beauty of the CHOK! CHOK! sound and being able to stay out of teeth range makes me happy. Hmmm... I think I'll need one of those nifty hunters' vests with lots o' pockets for ammo, too... Huh. If you need me, I'll be browsing down at the army-navy supply... ;)

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  6. I'll have to go for the classic shotgun - good for distant killing and nice heft to swing in close quarters - I like to multi-task and think my weapon should too! :-)

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  7. I would definitely need a shotgun with a huge supply of bullets and a catana (because it's lighter than machete :)
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  8. I would definitely say a Machette, or possibly a short sword. They are quiet and also longer than a knife so as to not get too close to the zombies!

  9. Thanks for the interview!

    During a zombie apocalypse, I would need to have with me a full body armour. Preferably, lightweight but still capable of inflicting damage and deflecting attacks.

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  10. I need a machete. edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom I already have all of the other weapons ;) GFC Krystal Larson facebooked!/profile.php?id=100000547840483 tweeted!/Icecream1891

  11. I need a machete. edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom I already have all of the other weapons ;) GFC Krystal Larson facebooked!/profile.php?id=100000547840483 tweeted!/Icecream1891

  12. My first thought was a machete, but since I'm short with short arms, I decided a portable flame thrower would be better (and a supply of Snoballs for personal fuel).

    GFC Anne38

  13. I want a machine gun..XD


  14. Pump action shotgun ftw.
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  15. What weapon would you have to have during a zombie apocalypse?



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  17. For the zombie hordes I want a sword, and that sword comes with the immediate knowledge to wield it awesomely against my foes, the hordes.

    Ohhh I wanna read this one. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  18. Well what I would really want to have to fight off a zombie apocalypse would be a cure or anti virus! But in case those don't count as weapons I would go with a cross bow, retrievable ammo.

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  19. Okay I may be a bit of a reactionary, but I want a really really big machine gun with an optional bayonet attachment and lots of bullets :) Thank you so much for the wonderful interview today and the opportunity to win this giveaway - what a treat.
    GFC - Denise Zaky

  20. Yeah, I've gotta go with a machete, too. I think it would be useful in many different ways: To cut off the head of the zombies, to cut through brush when you are running from zombies through the fields you just know you would find yourself in, to help cut firewood when you finally dispatch all of the zombies in the fields and want to sit down and chill by a nice warm fire, etc. Apparently I have been giving this subject way too much thought!! lol

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  21. The weapon i would have would be a machette. These books sound awesome! Im missing out! :( Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. I would have a shotgun with lots of shells. That way I wouldn't be too close to it. :P

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  23. Thank you for the contest!
    I just discovered the zombies, and they are a very cool read.
    Love teh covers too!

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