In DESPERATION, Zach is named after Zach Sobiech, who was dying of cancer when I wrote it, and who wrote the song “Clouds” while he was dying.
In the scene with the zombies in the cave, when the zombie king says “No kill I,” it is a Star Trek reference to the episode “Devil in the Dark,” where the Horta says the same thing to Kirk.
In the scene where Luke rescues Zach, he uses the words “Let me help” and explains that every Sanctuary rescuer used those words. Their leader James Frederickson had said the words “let me help” were the most important words they could use, and in his opinion, the three best words in the English language. He recommended them even over “I love you.” This is a direct reference to the Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever” in which the character Kirk says, “ ‘Let me help.’ A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He’ll recommend those three words even over ‘I love you.’ ”
I will be signing my new book DESPERATION at The Bookworm in Santa Maria on Nov. 23rd from 1-5pm. I will have all three in the trilogy for sale there, come and get them all signed! ^_^
The editing and fretting and nail biting is finally through and I am proud to say this book is now for sale on Amazon!
Follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FNVHELO/
“Forget what you thought you knew about this story, because everything is about to change.
With Alyssa near death, Luke, Jacob and their companions make a desperate attempt to reach Boston with the final ingredient needed for the plague antidote. They must travel through the Canadian wilderness, some of the roughest country in North America. Along the way they are joined by new friends and old as they fight to reach their destination and save Alyssa. What they don’t know is that something is hunting them.
Something evil is lurking, waiting to strike when they least expect it.
After years of fighting courageously against the living plague, they’d thought they knew their enemy. They’d believed their wits, bravery and strength would be enough to win this fight against the threat that had overrun so much of the world they once knew. But they were wrong.
Now Luke, Risa, Jacob, DeAndre and Jonathan face their most dangerous trials yet as they battle the ever-present zombie threat, along with a new challenge they never saw coming. How many ways can this plague try to kill them? Find out, in the latest installment of the Mad World series.”
It’s about 3:41 in the blessed a.m., my sweet, sweet husband is asleep beside me (MIABS*) and the cat is snoring quietly in the corner.
I am nearly ready to release Mad World: DESPERATION but not quite. Soon, though. For some reason I am really fussy over this one. I know I shouldn’t be. I was fussy over EPIDEMIC, but not very fussy at all over SANCTUARY, and most folks (including me) seem to think SANCTUARY is better.
Not sure of the exact cause of the fussing, only that it has to feel right or I won’t consider it ready for other people’s eyes.
Oh, well. It’ll be okay in the end. It always is.
The last few days I’ve been editing my husband’s first novel, and it’s a doozy. I am so proud of him. Last night I gave him Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy to read, as another good example of great YA paranormal writing, since he’s so eagerly jumping into my favorite genre.
This year is going to be so incredibly busy, wickedly busy, and next year will be beyond imagining.
Ride along with me.
*May it always be so