1. How did you come up with the title?
Actually, I didn’t. I had an entirely different title: Line. There was a reason for the short title and my initial cover mock-up reflected that reason. But I suppose it was a little too simplistic. My literary agent wanted the title to yield a little more information.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Even strong female protagonists have moments of weakness. No one is perfect.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
The general milieu, a post-apocalyptic world with zombie-like infected humans, is completely unrealistic and unlikely to occur. But the human reactions within a small community and between people who have emotionally bonded after a traumatic event are as realistic as I could envision.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Not to be pompous, but not a thing!
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For me it was the inclusion of adult language. That might sound completely trite and ridiculous, but I’ve never been a fan of too much vulgar language in a book. However, it felt necessary to use coarse language; it would make this book feel real. I winced each time I added a cuss word. I did a lot of wincing.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that it is very important to have a muse. This was the first book I’ve written with a muse in mind. It happened to be Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead. His enigmatic character developed in my mind and turned into this character named Cooper. The story built in my mind and within a few weeks I had an entire novel, from beginning to end, in my head. This muse, this beautiful character, was an enormous inspiration.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I wrote my first novel when I was about ten or so called The Bloody Finger. Unfortunately, it was not well-received. My mother sent me to the school counselor and I refused to show anyone my work after that, not for a long while anyhow.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author of the moment is Haruki Murakami. Though his work is translated from his native Japanese, I find his stories to be always eloquent, always mystifying and always fantastic.
9. Tell us your latest news.
I have a new young adult science-fiction series coming out called Stolen Pawns. The first book in the series, Child Soldiers, should be available in March. The story revolves around 11,000 teenagers who suddenly vanish. The story isn’t about their disappearance, but rather a story of where they went.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I want to thank all of the kind words and enthusiastic responses I have received thus far. It’s been overwhelming!
About the Book
A post-apocalyptic zombie book for women.
Without the zombies.
Worse than zombies.
The Demon Virus spreads worldwide in a matter of days leaving nothing but a few uninfected people in its path along with disease-riddled survivors who possess homicidal tendencies.
Carson drives across the country, back to her parents’ farm, with her son Ronan to begin a new life in a post-apocalyptic world. There she discovers more uninfected people like herself and attempts to build new relationships after the devastating loss of her husband.
Two men distract Carson from her grief, each possessing different characteristics that she found, loved and needed in her husband. Cooper has a bad attitude but gives Carson the space she needs with his self-sufficient, independent ways. Ben panders after her but exhibits a kindness she appreciates. Neither of them embody all of which she lost in her husband’s death.
The need for human interaction intertwines with the daily struggle of tribulation, remorse and adjustment, revolving around the constant battles between the uninfected and the last remaining homicidal maniacs. Days of Love and Blood is a story which examines the bonds created between people in times of change with an unexpected shocking end that will have you questioning your own threshold for pain.
Inspired by a slightly obsessive addiction to my most recent muse, this is the culmination of the inspiration I received from the enigmatic character of Daryl Dixon.
Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Buy Links: Kindle, Amazon
About the Author
R.S. Carter writes in the hours of moonlight, after the children are put to bed. She writes book reviews for several of her local papers under her real name and favors science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal and young adult. She holds a B.A. from Lawrence University and is currently represented by The Castiglia Agency.
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