Interview: Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill

Posted June 7, 2012 | 20 Comments

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]

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ChristyHi 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?

MercedesPartly 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.


ChristyWhat 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.

ChristyWho 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.

ChristyHurry, 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!

ChristyIf 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!

ChristyIf 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!

ChristyWhat 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!

ChristyWhat 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…

ChristyThank you so much for stopping by Mercedes and Rosemary.

Rosemary: Our pleasure!


Mercedes: Website | Rosemary: Website


20 responses to “Interview: Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill

  1. Ooh 4 items… a samurai sword (idk why we have one of these but hey, we do), my phone, matches & a loaf of bread or something. hahaha.

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  2. erinf1

    Thanks for such a fun post and giveaway! I luvs me some zombies and add the WWW to it! Sounds amazing! Definitely on my wishlist/first to splurge list 🙂

  3. Suz Reads

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win this book! I would grab a book, some candy, a bat and a stuffed animal. I would give them all to the zombie and then run!

  4. Zombies and the old west! Kick butt! I love the old west, I guess that makes sense since I am a Western girl! Hmm zombies are attacking aside from my kids and pets I would grab my yellow bag (inside are my kindle and ipad life essentials) a blow torch for melting zombies faces off and starting fires, a shotgun and a big metal flashlight for bashing heads and seeing in the dark!

  5. Traci Loya

    definitely would grab large gun and ample supply of bullets, big four wheel drive of some kind(great for saving those suckers over instead), generous supply of food and some kind of long range radio for communication and keeping track of whats happening!! So hard because there is sooo much you can think of now, but at the time chaos will be at hand….hope I can think under pressure!!! Great interview and contest. Sounds like a great read…would love to win!!! Thanks for the opportunity

  6. alicia marie

    i would most definitely grab my iphone. i can’t live without that! probably also as much food as i could to last for a while, any medical supplies i just happened to have laying around, and any heavy object or weapons i could use on the zombies.

  7. teressa oliver

    Salt turns zombies against their creator, new one to me. I have been a fan of Mercedes since Deeds and MZB fanfiction. When I was a teen I wrote her a letter and she was kind enough to answer. I also am from the Tulsa area and have continued to follow her all these years later. The four things I would grab are My glock, extra ammo, socks and water

  8. Items I’d grab to toss in my travel bag would be food and toiletries, clothes, and my writing kit (laptop, manuscript and writing supplies). Lastly I’d carry my machete, yes there’s a real machete in my home. What you want zombies…chop!

    I liked the interview. If I were to time travel it would be to the past to meet one of Jamaica’s National Heroes, Nanny of the Maroons. Though I’d be dead scared of getting caught and made into a slave. But hey I’d be with rebels so…best of luck to me.

  9. Zombies in an old west setting! Interesting. I love zombie books but I’m usually not a historical reader. Curious about this one now though.

    Brilliant answers!

    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!

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  10. Anita Yancey

    The four things I would grab is a gun, knife, lighter, and pepper spray. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  11. leannessf

    Hhhhmmm… my cell phone, my jewelry box, my bat (don’t have a gun or sword :P), and my emergency kit (has water, food, and first-aid in there)!

    Thanks for the giveawa!

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