Interview with A.M. Geever - Author of Love in an Undead Age

 I am thrilled to welcome A.M. Geever, author of Love in an Undead Age, to the blog today.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, I live in my hometown, Pittsburgh, PA, but spent almost twenty years living in the Bay Area (the first time for ten years and the second time for almost eight). I was living in San Jose and working at Santa Clara University when I started writing Love in an Undead Age, thus the book is set there. I'm the second youngest in my family, the youngest girl, and the eighth of nine kids (five girls, four boys). My brothers and sisters and my parents are/were my favorite people on the planet. My mom was a writer and she passed away 18 months ago. She knew I had finished my book but she didn't get to see it finished and published and that's a real bummer. But my dad said that he's going to read it, which means he'll be reading his first zombie book at 85!

I have a really wonderful husband, a dog called River Song who is mostly Australian Red Heeler (ironically, she does not like water), and four cats: orange tabbies Buttercup and Hitachi, and calicos (one dilute, one tortie) Chiana and Nerys. It used to be five until just a couple weeks ago. Our Elder Statescat, Herbie, passed away. He was also an orange tabby and the smartest cat I've ever met. He was my secret favorite in a lot of ways. So yeah, we have that sign over our house that only animals can see that says, "SUCKERS LIVE HERE."

Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?

I've always loved to write and wanted to be a writer. It just took me a while to settle down to doing it.

Were there any surprises that popped up during the process of writing this book?

Yes! The love story was not supposed to be what it ended up being. Miranda was not supposed to end up with the person she ends up with, but she had other ideas. So it ended up with a somewhat unconventional love story that is not going to be for everyone. It's more complicated, more messy. Kind of like the world they live in, actually.

Why did you decide to write about zombies?

It's kind of funny, actually. I didn't write for years because I put all this pressure on myself to write something really important... Great American Novel kind of thing, you know? I'm working at the university and I have this complete failure of imagination and apply to law school. Luckily I did not get in - I would not have liked being a lawyer - but I had made a deal with myself that if I didn't get in, I had to get serious about writing. So I decide I'm just going to write something fun, doesn't have to be the most amazing, re-invent a genre kind of thing, just a book. I decided I’d write a chicklit book. I've read some over the years, just a few, like when I'm on vacation or traveling. So I'm trying to come up with an idea but all of my ideas sucked. They were SUPER lame. And that was because chicklit isn't what I LOVE to read. It's fun, I like it, but it's not my first choice (science fiction/post-apocalyptic/fantasy are my favorites). Consequently, my ideas were incredibly lame. So I'm telling my husband my latest lame idea and I say to him, “Too bad it can’t have zombies.” And that was it, I knew that was what I should write.

Can you tell me anything about any future works that you have planned?

Right now I'm working on the second book (of three) in the Love in an Undead Age series. So if you like the adventures of Miranda and the gang, there's more coming the end of this year or beginning of 2020. After that I have a straight science fiction idea that I want to do. My younger brother suggested it, and I had a lot of fun banging around plot ideas with him and my husband and some other family members. I'd also like to start an urban fantasy series set in Pittsburgh. Charles de Lint is one of my favorite authors of all time. He writes urban fantasy and he's AMAZING. He liked my review of one of his books (Tapping the Dream Tree) on BookBub and I squealed like a little kid and started jumping up and down when I saw it. And then I raced upstairs to squeal and jump up and down to my husband, and then to all my friends on Facebook. I was like a teenage girl who's just met Billie Eilish. It was so exciting... still is. Anyway, de Lint's writing is so wonderful, it's so imaginative, and so effortless to read. I am particularly partial to his Newford stories. Newford is a city in North America that he has created and I want to go live there. He's my model for what urban fantasy should be. I just need to figure out how to do it in a way so that I'm not just a hack trying to be Charles de Lint.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, Anne! I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series.
About the Book

Love in an Undead Age by A.M. Geever
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Length: 458 pages
Surviving the zombie apocalypse was hard but saving the human race might be fatal.

Ten years after the zombie apocalypse a good man is still hard to find... just ask Miranda Tucci. Most are ill-equipped to breach Miranda's emotional defenses, and even in San Jose, California, the most technologically advanced outpost of civilization left on the planet, there's no app for mending a broken heart. But when Connor MacGuire turns up at nearby Santa Clara University, even Miranda begins to wonder if she has finally found someone she can trust.

The Jesuit priests who lead the community at Santa Clara University are the only counter-balance to the ruthless City Council that rules Silicon Valley. They have hatched a scheme to break the monopoly on a vaccine for the zombie virus that the Council and its powerful ally, Mario Santorello, control.

As the Jesuits' plan approaches a critical stage and Miranda is recruited to join their mission, the ghosts of her past collide with the present, plunging her into territory both strange and familiar. Will corruption continue to spread and the vaccine be used for political advantage, or can Miranda survive long enough to usher in a new age of civilization? It's only the fate of humanity that’s suddenly resting on her shoulders. If she can bring her love life back from the dead, how tough can saving the world be?

LOVE IN AN UNDEAD AGE is a post-apocalyptic romance wrapped inside an adventure that explores universal themes: love and loss, betrayal and redemption. What choices do we make in order to survive, what do they cost us, and are they worth it in the end? Are some breaches of trust too damaging to forgive, or can the healing power of love truly conquer all?

About the Author
A.M. Geever lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, birthplace of the modern zombie genre. She credits her love of all things zombie to her older brothers, whose influence in books, music, and film continues to this day, although her tolerance for puns and movies that are "so bad they're good" is a whole lot lower than theirs. The idea of becoming a zombie because her car runs out of gas gets her to the gas station when she would rather not bother, and she thinks she has a good chance of surviving the Zombie Apocalypse if she can make it the eighth of a mile to Mueller's house--otherwise she's probably toast. Love in an Undead Age is her first novel.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Comments

  1. This sounds like a lot of fun! I like that it's set 10 years after a zombie apocalypse- the idea of what society would be like after an event, down the road a ways, is interesting. Great interview too! I've only read one Charles DeLint book, and it was an MG sort of- The Cats of Tanglewood Forest- but I loved what he did there. I'd like to try his urban fantasy stuff.

    Good luck with the series!

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  2. How fun learning more about Anne. I'm grabbing this one for my Kindle for sure. I gotta give any author owned by animals a try. So sorry for her furbaby loss and I'm so glad her dad will get a chance to read her zombie book!

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  3. That's funny how her character picked the love interest. Fun learning about a new to me author. The book looks great.

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  4. sometimes the characters have a mind of their own. great interview
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  5. Oh thanks for the nice interview!

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  6. I love how you came about writing about zombies. It's always interesting to see how things work out.

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