Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Never Say Never" - Guest Post from Author Sara Brooke

Never Say Never – Author, Sara Brooke

About seven month ago, a horror podcast radio show host was interviewing me about my novels. We were talking about different topics and why I choose to write about (among other things) contagion-related and gothic horror. The conversation was going well despite my complete lack of ability to answer a question without the words “uh” and “well…” in a sentence. Then, the host asked a question that seemed innocent enough but turned me into a liar.

“Would you ever write a book about zombies?” he asked. 

Without even a moment’s hesitation, I answered, “No. There are plenty of books available about zombies and I think people are tired of them. It’s just not something I want to write about.”
The host seemed surprised and quickly changed the subject. We continued on about other things, but in the back of my mind, I wondered if perhaps I’d answered too quickly.

Fast forward to about three months ago…I’m engrossed in writing The Zyne Project, when all of a sudden the story takes a strange turn and suddenly, there are zombies running rampant in my medical horror novel.

How the hell did that happen?

It’s actually quite strange as it wasn’t something I was planning. The story was scary enough and taking very cool twists and turns. But that wasn’t enough. Something was missing. And when it hit me…I just kept on writing it into the story.

So, in essence…I lied to that radio host. But it wasn’t a conscious deceit…it was just my inability to see that horror is truly a voyage into the unknown where anything can happen.

I think that’s why The Zyne Project is such a fun ride. You start off with one idea of where the story is going, but you soon realize that you can’t quite figure it out. And no one is safe. Everyone is in the same chaotic nightmare that grows worse by the minute.

If oozing, gruesome zombies hadn’t visited the novel and my characters, The Zyne Project would have been incomplete. Kind of like the way you sometimes need a good piece of cake after a satisfying meal. It isn’t 100% necessary until you take that first bite and then the delicious taste convinces you that it was a must.

So, I’ve learned my lesson and try not to say “never” anymore.

For example, I won’t say “You’ll never like my book”…

Or, “You’ll never be a fan”…

Ok, I’m being silly, but in all seriousness - I prefer to be flexible because anything can happen. And that’s truly the beauty of being a writer. You can create different worlds where the impossible is simply a limitation of real life and the tale that you create – is your endless gift to the reader.

If you’re a new fan or someone who has been reading my novels all year, I hope The Zyne Project pulls you in and knocks your socks off. Otherwise, you’ll never read me again. And that is the one “never” I can pretty much rely on, so I’d better get it right

I'm very excited to share with you that my new horror novel, The Zyne Project, is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in eversion. Bram Stoker Award-Winner Joe Mckinney calls it "A Zombie outbreak like no other...Medical Research hasn't been this frightening since Michael Crichton!" I hope you get a chance to check it out and appreciate your support.- Sara
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The Zyne Project Synopsis:
Six people agree to participate in a first-of-its-kind clinical trial. They’re ready to change the face of science, but they’re the ones who start changing. As each subject succumbs to the horror of the trial, they begin to turn against each other…and discover the nightmare within. What was supposed to be a medical breakthrough is turning regular people into something unimaginable. And there may be a deeper truth even more frightening than the beastly evolution occurring…

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1 comment:

  1. Good point, Sara, although I hopefully never write a novel with glittery vampires.


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