Living Dead World
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Etopia Press
Date of Publication: Sept 25 2015
Number of pages: 268
Word Count: 55305
The dead should stay dead...
Jack Norris has just lost his best friend—who also happened to be his band's drummer—to a drunk driving accident. As he struggles to deal with the band's uncertain future and his own personal demons, those issues soon become unimportant. His dead friend has come back. And he's not showing any signs of going away. Questioning his own sanity, Jack finds his life spiraling out of control. But when a new acquaintance not only hooks him up with a drummer, but promises to help get rid of his ghostly stalker, Jack's life does a one-eighty.
Drew MacLellan, the new drummer, is more than just a new set of sticks—he's the brother of the insanely hot Jen MacLellan, who's definitely not Jack's biggest fan. Jen is nothing like the women Jack's dated in the past, but the more he gets to know her, the deeper he falls. The only problem is she's got a boyfriend. Caught between his growing attraction and the desire to do the right thing, Jack does everything he can to keep his distance. But the more he sees of her, the more he realizes he can't. He's determined to win Jen's heart, if only he can figure out how to help his dead friend rest in peace...permanently.
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Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it's reading or writing one. The first two novels in her Living Dead World series--Living Dead Girl and Reaper Madness--were published in 2014.
I think I just have a really overactive imagination. And when an idea grabs me, it doesn’t let go—I’m thinking about it almost constantly, wondering what if this happened? Or this?
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
I don ’t, and to be honest, I wouldn’t know where to begin! I think if any of my books were ever made into movies, the most important thing would be that the actors/actresses captured the essence of who these characters are. Although, I would love to see who reader’s pictured these characters.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
The best thing is to roll with it. If I need to, I allow myself to walk away. There are times when I’m just not feeling it, and I try not to dwell too much. Sometimes switching to a different story helps, too. I’ve found that if I step away from a story for a period of time, though, then go back and re-read it, it’s much easier to work through whatever stumped me in the past. Of course, there are also times when a later scene comes to me out of chronology, and I’ll usually jump ahead and write it while the idea is fresh. To me, though, writer’s block is a mental thing and the more you stress over it the worse it gets.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
When I originally started out writing Confessions of a Punk Rocker, it was supposed to take place during a time in Living Dead Girl when the main couple—Jen and Jack—break up for a period of a few months. Confessions was supposed to chronicle Jack’s heartbreak at losing Jen and how he deals with this, while his music career continues to build momentum. Then…I decided to nix the breakup altogether, effectively putting this story in limbo. It sat around for a while, but I still loved bits of it, and I still felt like Jack’s story needed to be told. After a while, it came to me…why not show him before they meet and what led up to it? Then add in some of his side of how their relationship developed? It was just a case of one thing led to another after that. How did they meet? When Jen’s brother joined the band. Why did he join the band? Because their original drummer had died. Etcetera. Then it snowballed.
5. What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Honestly, the hardest part is trying to balance it all with real life and give it the attention I want. I work full time, have two kids and I’m a single mom. So basically writing is something I squeeze in whenever I can find time. Social media is squeezed around that. There’s only so much time available, LOL. In the end, though, I do it because I enjoy it and that’s all that matters.