Friday, May 4, 2012

Q&A with Kevin Richey

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by Kevin Richey
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Fredamans: Kevin, where did you get the idea for Zombie Fairy Tales?
Kevin: I had the idea for Zombie Cinderella about five years ago, but never did anything with it. It was one of those random 3 a.m. kind of ideas that just sort of stuck with me. Then last fall I had the urge to write an anthology series, and started coming up with ideas for more fairy tale retellings.

Doodle: How did you go about picking which fairy tales you would zombify first?
Kevin: When I first decided to do the series, I sat down with a few books of fairy tales and made a list of any that might work. Some I had great ideas for right away, and others were stories that I really liked in the original, but wouldn’t fit in with the rules of my universe. (There’s no magic in my stories, beyond the zombie virus itself.)

M.A.D.: Do you plan to zombify Rumpelstiltskin, or is that just wishful thinking on my part?
Kevin: Rumpelstiltskin is one of those stories I really love that I couldn’t make work without magic. I’m not against doing it in the future, if I get an idea for it that feels in line with the original, but at this time it’s not on the list.

Rachel at thejeepdiva: Are you going to be doing twelve fairy tales or more?
Kevin: The original plan was to do twelve fairy tales within the series. But since then, I’ve had a few more ideas, and I’m planning on three additional holiday-themed fairy tales that will come out later this year.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict: What is your favorite thing about zombies? Specifically, it's obvious you love them, but why do you love them?
Kevin: I’ve always been more interested in the villains of the stories, and I really like movies and books that develop sympathy for them by showing things more from their perspective. Zombies are always portrayed as mindless hunters, but what if they had a deeper inner life than that, and simply couldn’t express it? I suppose that’s the fascination: I think of zombies as these creatures that may do these horrible things, but are not horrible people. Frightening, yes, but with a sense of justice.

Dianne: I'd like to ask who did the cover art because all of them are gorgeous!
Kevin: Thank you! My boyfriend David Gardner is a professional photographer, and he has done all of my covers so far. We also have a friend that is a very talented fashion designer, Desiato Khan, who provides us with the creepy costumes. I’m very lucky to have such talented people around me, as it allows me focus pretty much exclusively on writing.


Guest post created by Kevin Richey, author of Zombie Fairy Tales series
based on questions from comments from giveaway post
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