Book Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

My Life as a White Trash Zombie is written by Diana Rowland. It is the first book in the series and was published in 2012. There are six books in all, the last one was published in 2017. Ms. Rowland on her website’s faq page states book six is probably the last in the series.

I must admit I was intriqued about the title and premisis of this book. I was browsing through the “Just Added” section on the Libby app and saw it. The cover is nice especially for a zombie book. I haven’t read or watched zombie anything until I stumbled on a few episodes of IZombie. I kept thinking either this was the inspiration for IZombie or IZombie was an inspiration for the author. Since I have read the book. Nope I think good old coincidence plays out here.

Our protagonist isn’t a shining example of humanity and she doesn’t want to be. However Ms. Rowland touches on a lot of hot button subjects, poverty, drug abuse, rape, child abuse and neglect, through her protagonist’s eyes.

I found the book enjoyable. However I wasn’t captivated enough to trying read it in one sitting. I may or may not decide to read the other five books. I think she tactfully handled her story well if a little oddly. I have italized the book cover synoposis. If you like humor with gore or a fan of zombies this series might be a good fit. Even if you can’t stand the thought of the undead, Ms. Rowland keeps things light.

Angel Crawford is a Loser.
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.
That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in a horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the county morgue—and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.
Before she knows it she’s dealing wth a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she’s hungriest!
Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat.

Cheers, james for more information on this interesting series and author.

The Zombie Factor

The shambling moaning undead endless searching for …

Words. Yep you guessed it. Forget flesh eating, brains chomping zombies, I’m talking about the writers that during certain months of the year turn into the stumbling mumbling undead. 

I love the idea behind NaNoWriMo, the camps, and Chris Beattys’s “we need your story” philisophy. Words, stories touch us and connect us to each other. What I don’t love is something I am calling the zombie effect. Last November I did NaNo, had a great time until Dec. 2 and I realized I had no real memories of November. Oops. I figured it was me, a fluke, one time deal until I finished camp. There was so many things I let go during those months. My blog posts were late or left for the following week. I stopped journaling for the entire month. Work was the worst. It was like I hadn’t done anything when I normally do things. Crazy, scary, and very, very bad.

Am I the only one suffering the NaNo zombie factor? If there are others how have you fought it, coped with it? I’d love your comments or suggestions. 

Cheers on this stormy Sunday evening, james 

Writing outside of your comfort zone

I read a post about reading outside your comfort zone. It made me think of my writing comfort zones, I tend to stay with pretty mundane sujects, Owl Story is a great example of my writing style. I crave a good story with a happy ending. Except for two semi-current projects most everything I’ve written has followed this path.

The first exception is “Saving Emilsa” a dark tale riffe with violence, sexual slavery and other very unsavory topics. I am unsure how this one will play out. Even if she makes it, I am not sure how she will overcome the emotional and mental scars that would result. I think part of my reluctance to work on this project stems from my fear things are not going to end happily. There is a project page for this one.

The second is a zombie project, (I don’t like zombies) marrying my love of bad shark movies and my husband’s love of zombie movies. Hence Zombie Shark was born? created? It is an attempt to fill in some of the shark/zombie movies plot holes. I started it as a screenplay, but I am switching back to story format. I did some research on the screenplay format and it is wildly different. You write from a visual “this what the audience is seeing” perspective. Incredible difficult, I have even more respect and admiration for these writers. Should it find a home on the B rate movie screen I’ll tranlate it then. Anyway these two projects are my comfort zone outsiders.

What projects or topics are outside your comfort zone?