Monday, September 6, 2010

Zombie News Flash: Interview from Jim Porter

Special report just in...

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by Joan Frances Turner
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Q&A: Jim Porter interviews Joan Frances Turner

JP: I need to know why this…book of yours so badly misrepresents my work, why you seem to have so vigorously gone out of your way to denigrate the entire field of thanatology. My scientific colleagues and I do important research, worthwhile research--

JFT: Research into how to wipe zombies as a species off the planet entirely, correct? I thought you said yourself you had "serious issues" with that, considering that species includes at least three members of your own family. I've only quoted your own words back to you.

JP: That's as may be, some of us don't have to resort to muckraking and libel to make our point. There are other ways to game the system from within, if you really object to--how did you ever get security clearance in the first place?

JFT: Just assume I know some people who know some people.

JP: Our laboratory, that whole section of Gary, it's locked down. Electric gates, RFID badges, armed guards, surveillance cameras, infrared--Los fucking Alamos during the Manhattan Project didn't have our level of security, I need to know how you could possibly have gotten in.

JFT: So you acknowledge that what I reported back is accurate, then.

JP: I'm asking the questions here. What has my sister been telling you? Jessie. My younger sister. She's…not what she was anymore, you have to understand that, she was always a little apt to fly off the handle before but now that she's, you know, now that she's--

JFT: Dead. You're a bit squeamish for someone who studies reanimated corpses for a living, aren't you?

JP: How dare you? That's my family out there, that's my goddamned family rotting and dying while I can't do anything about it. Do you have any idea what I try to do for this family, how I bust my hump and work my ass off for all of them including her and all I get for it is lies, and backtalk, and now this fucking smear campaign directed against everything I've ever--

JFT: I think this interview is over now.

JP: I think it is. Do you have an escort, from Marquette Park Beach back out to Hammond? You'd better hope you do. I'm not making any threats, you understand, I'm not that sort of person at all. I'm just saying, security is security. I'm not in charge of that, you can't put it on me, that's not my department. I'm in biology. I'm just saying, you wouldn't be the first person who's wandered into the Dunes and never returned again, and you sure as hell won't be the last.


Interview from Jim Porter by Joan Frances Turner
Based on character from Dust. © 2010. All rights reserved.

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by Joan Frances Turner
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*** Zombie Book Giveaway courtesy of author ***

by Joan Frances Turner

Offer for 3 winners.

Open to US ONLY.

Offer ends: September 30, 2010

TO DO (2-parts):

1. Sign guestbook (if you haven't already).

2. Visit Joan's site and tell me something about her.

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Contest has ended - winner is here


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  1. Ahahahah!
    She aspires someday to have a local community center named after her against her will!

  2. Fun post!

    Something about Joan is that she was born in Rhode Island!

  3. Awesome interview lol! Absolutely GREAT!! Dust is going to the TOP of my *must-have* list :D

    I love Joan's wry sense of humor. And I learned that she is working on a sequel - tentatively titled "Frail" - from the human perspective (ooooooh this sounds so good)

  4. I want this book! Joan aspires someday to have a local community center named after her against her will.


  5. Ohhh someone's a little tetchy about their science huh? XD

  6. Count me in! Joan likes to grow spring onions and tiger lilies at her home by the beach. Interesting mix!

  7. Signed the guestbook. And Joan is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  8. OOOOOH This one looks great!!

    Signed Guest book!

    And WOW a law school grad?!?! Super cool!


  9. She is currently working on a sequel, titled Frail, from the all-important human perspective!

    great giveaway, thank you!


  10. signed the guestbook

    she grew up in the Calumet Region of Indiana

    jlynettes at hotmail dot com

  11. I really, really, really, really want to read this book! Thanks for the chance!

    I signed the guestbook (I think...I hope!).

    Joan graduated from Brown University and Harvard Law School. Wow...very smart!


  12. I signed guestbook.

    The author is a Brown University and Harvard Law graduate.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  13. She went to brown and harvard. Graduated both. And this is her first novel

    I signed the guestbook.

    moneycleo @ aol dot com

  14. I like Joan's sense of the ridiculous-- "she lives near the beach with her family and a garden full of spring onions and tiger lilies, weather permitting." I mean really that's kind of like saying garden full of kudzu and crab grass-- I mean nothing kills spring onions and tiger lilies.
    I signed the guestbook.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  15. i signe dthe guest book

    she likes tiger lillies and plants them !

  16. Joan went to law school. Dust looks like a great book!

  17. Howdi V :D
    Please withdraw my entry for Dust, as I just got a copy (and 2/3rds through already lol).
    Thanks oodles!!

  18. She was born in Rhode Island and lives near the beach (lucky duck!!)

    I'm pretty sure I signed the guest book already.

  19. I signed the guestbook.

    She was born in Rhode Island.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  20. She graduated from Harvard Law.
    I would've loved to know that train of thought: 'Now that I've graduated law school, I'm going to write a book about zombies.'

  21. she went to the San Diego Comic-Con this year, and judging from the other stories i've heard, it must've been a blast!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com


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