Author Jesse Petersen is “Living with the Dead”

Exciting stuff. Today, awesome zombie author Jesse Petersen joins us on the Demon of the Week blog  to talk about her LIVING WITH THE DEAD series.

Here’s the premise of MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES:

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.

Intro! Tell us about yourself and your books

I live in Tucson with my husband and two cats. We enjoy playing XBox, spending time with our nephews and exploring the great outdoors. My series, “Living With the Dead”, is about a couple on the verge of divorce who must use a dead marriage counselor’s advice to escape the apocalypse and maybe even save their marriage. MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES, FLIP THIS ZOMBIE and EAT SLAY LOVE are the books in the series. Keeping up with me on twitter @jessepet or one Facebook at!/AuthorJessePetersen is a great way to keep up with me and what’s going on in my world.

What inspired you to write MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES?

I really enjoy zombie movies, especially funny ones and the scene where Dave and Sarah have to kill their former therapist just popped into my head and I was off.

What was your favorite part of writing it? What did you find hardest?

I love writing in general. The writing part itself is not “hard” neccesarily. I think the whole publishing process is the hardest part really. It’s pretty much out of an author’s hands at that point.

Tell us about your zombie influences.

Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland are my biggest influences.

Zombies are pretty horrible–why do you think zombie comedies work?

Darkness always has to have light. That’s what makes us human.

Do you ever feel like a zombie?
Some mornings, sure.

I once suggested that the reason for the current rise of zombie horror is our fear of the loss of individuality (uh, and our brains). Do you think that there’s anything else contributing to the current trend?

Zombie novels and movies tend to get popular during times of economic crisis. Take that as you will.

Are you doing another zombie book next?

That really depends on what sells next. I have a monster book and some ideas for zombies. But what comes out is really determined by what a publisher will buy. We’ll just have to see.


Zombie Bite Calculator

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And now, they bring you The Zombie Bite Calculator, to tell you how long you have between when you get bitten and when you will start nomming down on the other members of your zombie-huntin’ party.

(About an hour and a half for me. You’ve been warned.)

The Borg are zombies, too.

You know what scared the crap out of me when I was a kid? The Borg.

You have to understand that I am a huge chicken. I just learned from my Lebanese next door neighbour that they have a phrase for someone who is easily scared–their “star is very light.” I don’t know what that is meant to say, exactly, but this girl’s star is so light that when I was a kid, Scooby Doo gave me nightmares. It’s not that much better now. I once had a sleepless night because someone described the movie Saw to me. I saw a diagram of the Human Centipede and for a week I kept turning around because I thought it was behind me.

I get tingly if I have to reach into a dark room to turn the light on.

So if you can picture a high schooler in grade nine, who didn’t go to birthday sleepovers where they were playing horror movies, waiting for my favorite show to boldly go where no one had gone before, and what comes on but


I could barely peek out through my fingers to finish the episode. And over a decade later, I still remember the beeping sound of the homing beacon that would lead the Borg back to Federation Space. The terrifying creatures were COMING BACK.

It was only later that I realized the Borg were zombies. Tech zombies, but zombies. They don’t eat brains, but they catch you, and you become a mindless corpse walking around with no will of your own. Your only purpose becomes to create more beings like yourselves.

Worse, you can’t stop them. Whatever you throw at them, they adapt to. <T takes a pull on her asthma puffer>

If that’s not a zombie, at least philosophically, I don’t know what is.

These are the only good Borg I can think of. No, Seven of Nine doesn’t count. I would have spaced her the second Janeway’s back was turned. Mal would have agreed with me. Best thing for everyone.