I’m so excited! Today on the blog I have an interview with Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill! They are the coauthors of Dead Reckoning, and new book with zombies in the Old West. How cool is that?! Two of my favorite things.
About Dead Reckoning:
Jett is a girl disguised as a boy, living as a gambler in the old West as she searches for her long-lost brother. Honoria Gibbons is a smart, self-sufficient young woman who also happens to be a fabulous inventor. Both young women travel the prairie alone – until they are brought together by a zombie invasion! As Jett and Honoria investigate, they soon learn that these zombies aren’t rising from the dead of their own accord … but who would want an undead army? And why? This gunslinging, hair-raising, zombie western mashup is perfect for fans of Cowboys vs. Aliens and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. [Goodreads]
Christy: Hi Mercedes and Rosemary, welcome to Love of Books.
I’m beyond excited about your new book, Dead Reckoning – What made you decide to write about zombies in an old West setting?
Mercedes: Partly it was the unexpectedness of it, after all, when you think of the Wild West, zombies don’t automatically spring to mind. Partly it was that we were looking for a “monster” antagonist that could have a scientific explanation behind it, or at least what passes for “scientific” by the standards of the late 1800s.
Rosemary: As Misty says, what could be more unexpected than zombies? We’d already decided on an Old West setting, and decided on our main characters. Since they were so different, we wanted a threat that would put each of them equally off-balance in different ways.
Christy: What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Mercedes: Keeping it under 80k words. There is so much more that we would have liked to have put in about the history, the background of the setting, and about all three of the characters.
Rosemary: The length was tough — we’re both used to having a lot more “elbow room”. I was also concerned about portraying attitudes that would be right for the period, but not seem wildly-insensitive to our audience.
Christy: Who is your favorite character from Dead Reckoning? Why?
Mercedes: Gibbons, of course. Gibbons is my tribute to Artemus Gordon of the original Wild Wild West television series. She is independent, rational, skeptical, and determined to face down anything that frightens her.
Rosemary: Jett, of course. If Gibbons is Artemus Gordon, then Jett is Jim West. A little more vulnerable and uncertain, certainly. But who wouldn’t want to be a glamorous desperado…?
Christy: Do you have a favorite zombie movie? Favorite Western?
Mercedes: Sean of the Dead and The Cowboys.
Rosemary: Dawn of the Dead and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Christy: Hurry, zombies are invading your home – grab four items to put in a backpack before you get out.
Mercedes: Salt (it turns zombies against their creator), blowtorch (zombies are flammable), firestarter, hammer.
Rosemary: Sword (yes, I have several!), my iPad (to contact other survivors!), matches…. And my car keys!
Christy: If you could time travel, would you go into the future or the past?
Mercedes: I would travel to Renaissance Europe with a palletload of cheap brightly colored dyes, trade for gems and jewelry, and bring the latter back.
Rosemary: Decisions, decisions… I think I would go to the 23rd century. It’s close enough to now that people would still speak an understandable form of English — and I want to see what happens next!
Christy: If you had to pick only one of your own books to take on a deserted island, which one would you take?
Mercedes: The one I am working on.
Rosemary: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…. She’s got that right!
Christy: What was the last book you read?
Mercedes: The Water Ghost and Others — John Kendrick Bangs
Rosemary: All of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series — and I can’t wait for the next one!
Christy: What other projects do you have coming up?
Mercedes: Latest Valdemar Novel, latest Secret Worlds novel, final Shadow Grail novel and a lot more.
Rosemary: Shadow Grail #4, some Graustarkian Pyrates, and a romantic comedy of manners about an alien invasion…
Christy: Thank you so much for stopping by Mercedes and Rosemary.
Rosemary: Our pleasure!