For this stop on the Summer of Zombies Blog Tour, I had the privilege of interviewing my favorite Canadienne, (That’s a woman from Canada in Kirkish) Julianne Snow.
First of all, Julianne, I’d like to thank you for gracing my blog with beauty, brains, and gore. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you over the course of this Summer of Zombies.
Kirk: How do you come up with a character’s personality, and what tricks do you use to stay in character when writing? As an author, sometimes I find myself reading something that one character said, and realizing it doesn’t sound like that person at all…
Julianne: Each of my stories, whether it’s a short or a longer piece, has a different character at the helm. One of the best tricks I’ve learned for staying in character is to model them after people I actually know or have studied extensively. If you can live for a moment or two within their brains, it’s easy to keep it all consistent. There are also times that characters write themselves – they have a quirk that keeps coming to the surface and when you write their dialogue, it’s a natural process.
Kirk: When you read, do you prefer one strong character or more of an ensemble cast? (IE, the difference between Iron Man and Avengers)
Julianne: I don’t have a preference in that regard. Some of my favourite (Interviewer’s note: Please appreciate the Canadian love of adding an extra U to many words so that every single vowel be used equally and fairly) tales are those with a strong main character while others have a cast that practically leaps from the pages.
Kirk: What advice would you offer to someone who is new to writing? And Ixnay on the “write every day” advice, I’ve given that one a bazillion times myself.
Julianne: I would tell new writers to keep submitting their work even when they receive rejections. While rejections can sting, they are part of the industry. Take a look at their critiques (if there are any) and learn from what they have to say. Also, weigh their comments and carefully consider which ones will help your overall style. Each editor is different, just like each reader is different. We all have preferences and don’t let the preferences of an editor change your entire style or derail your confidence.
Kirk: Have you ever written a leading character of the opposite sex? What challenges did you find in doing that, or if you have not, what has kept you from doing so?
Julianne: Yes I have. There were a few minor challenges that stemmed from trying to get the dialogue to read correctly. Men and women have different cadences to their speech and sometimes it’s hard to get the male perspective just right. I have asked male friends who are writers to read certain pieces to see if I had captured the essence of a male character correctly. It always helps to have that sounding board!
Kirk: Could you ever write a “good-guy” type character that was unattractive?
Julianne: Absolutely. ‘Good guys’ come in all shapes and sizes.
Kirk: Are you a “Zombie Author4Lyfe” or are you multi-genre? How do you keep from getting type-cast and/or pigeonholed?
Julianne: I will always write in the Zombie genre, but they are not the only stories that I plan to write. And I don’t concern myself with becoming pigeon-holed as one type of author or another. I have fans across different genres and I can only hope those fans take a look at other pieces of my work.
Kirk: Do you think it’s possible to write a ‘unique’ story with the classic Romero style undead?
Kirk: What is the name of your latest book, and where can people find it?
Julianne: Days with the Undead: Book One can be found in both digital and print versions on Amazon: US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Brazil; Smashwords; Apple; Barnes & Noble; Kobo; and CreateSpace.
Kirk: What is your next project? How will we know when it is available?
Julianne: My next release is a collection of different tales of the Undead. It will be released shortly and if you’d like to get the news first, you can follow my blog at dayswiththeundead.com.
Kirk: Where can people read more, find out more, or contact you?
Julianne: If people would like to connect with me on any level they can do so in a few different ways. You can follow either of my blogs Days with the Undead or The FlipSide of Julianne. You can also find me on Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+. If you have Facebook, you can send me a friend request at Julianne Snow, or like either of my fanpages: Julianne Snow, Author and Days with the Undead. If you’d like to take a look at the works I have published, check out my Amazon Author Page. And if that wasn’t enough, feel free to send me an email at JulianneMSnow@gmail.com with comments, questions, or even if you just want to talk Zombies. Thanks for reading!