Author Interview: Stacey Jay

Undead Much?This is the week for undead love! I just watched both The Crazies and Zombieland with my husband (yeah, that’s the kind of wife I am), so today’s the perfect day to tell you about Stacey Jay’s new zombie tale, UNDEAD MUCH?. You may remember our friend Stacey from such zombie lore as YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME, her January 2009 YA debut and book one in this fun-dead series.

(Hey, it’s early, people. Please laugh at my bad zombie jokes and kindly shamble along…)

Anyway… today we’re chatting with Stacey about her new book and some of her early writing influences. Welcome, Stacey!

Tell us about UNDEAD MUCH? from the perspective of Megan Berry, the series’ kickass main character.

Even Zombie Settlers with Super Hot Boyfriends get the Blues…

A few months ago I was a normal girl with a normal life. But that was before my power to Settle the Undead returned and someone tried to kill me with zombies. Now I work magic and practice kicking butt while trying to find time for pom squad and my boyfriend, Ethan, and trying NOT to think about how freaky my life has become. It can be tough. Still…things could be worse…

Oh yeah, right:

  1. Feral new super-strong zombies. Check.
  2. Undead psychic hottie predicting a zombie apocalypse. Check.
  3. Earth-shattering secrets that could land me in Settler prison for life. Check.
  4. Cheerleader vs. pom squad turf war threatening the end of the half time as we know it. Check.

I’m going to need therapy (and a cookie) if I live through the week. Unfortunately I’m learning that’s not something Zombie Queens can take for granted.

You had me at… undead psychic hottie! Though I’d probably pay money to see that fight between the cheerleaders and the pom squad, too!

Stacey, what author or book had the greatest influence or impact on you as a teen reader?

I read “Little Women” by Louisa Mae Alcott a dozen times. The multiple “coming of age” stories really got to me, and I loved the historical context. The first two books I finished were historical. Thankfully, those manuscripts now live under my bed!

I recently picked up “Little Women” at a garage sale. I’ve actually never read it, but I always wanted to.

If you could have a dinner party with three other authors, living or dead, who would you invite and why?

Benjamin Franklin (because he was awesome, brilliant, and funny), Amy Sedaris (also awesome, brilliant, and funny), and Edgar Allan Poe (to see if he was as creepy as most people really think, lol!).

In high school, you would’ve voted yourself most likely to what? Did that prediction come true?

I think I would have been voted most likely to exhaust herself into an early grave. Lol. Thankfully, that hasn’t happened yet. I’ve learned to take it easy occasionally. Still, I could probably work on that whole “relaxing” thing a bit more.

I really thought you were going to say “most likely to exhaust herself into an early grave… and then rise out of it.” Ah, maybe for the next book!

Thanks for stopping by, Stacey! Zombie fans, get your shamble on and head on over to your favorite bookstore to find Stacey’s tales of high school zombie mayhem!

Stacey Jay is a workaholic with three pen names, and a sick sense of humor. She loves creepies, crawlies, and of course, romance. What would a zombie novel–or any novel–be without kisses that make your toes tingle? Stacey has been a full time writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, and waiter. Visit Stacey online.