Writing Darlene Bobich
When I started writing about Darlene Bobich and zombies, I had no idea how far it would go… and I’m still not sure where the end will actually be.
I’m sure every writer wants to find that special character, the one they might be known for in their future. Am I known for Darlene Bobich and the Dying Days series? Kinda.
I’ve been asked to do interviews as Darlene Bobich, I had a fan create a Twitter account for Darlene Bobich (but once I explained that there really was a real, live person named Darlene Bobich, she took it down – now I wish it was still up because, well, that’s just cool) and I get more questions from fans about Darlene than about the actual zombies in the world. No one wants to know how my zombie apocalypse actually started (and I won’t tell anyway) but they want to know about the Desert Eagle she carries, and I’ve had someone ask if I had a map of her route from Maine to Florida that I used, with dates on when she hit certain cities. Um, I don’t.
My favorite e-mail came from a woman who absolutely loved the Dying Days series and told me why, and I was so touched that my story could make someone like it so much to write me that I put her and her family in a tale in the upcoming Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days collection. That is pretty cool to me, and makes me want to keep writing and exploring the world I created.
A couple of people have asked me what other series mine is most like. I have no idea, to be honest. I’d like to think mine is unique, and I’d also like to think it holds up against other great series of zombie stories. My five touring zombie author buddies come to mind when I think of great tales of the undead. I’m proud to be associated with each and every one of them, in fact.
As you can tell, I love questions about Darlene Bobich and the Dying Days series… and I hope people keep reading them and keeping asking. I’ll do my best to answer.
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