More Zombie Love with Author Stacey Jay

With Pet Monster locked safely in his office fighting zombies in Left4Dead while I listen on, taking copious mental notes for the upcoming zombie apocalypse, today’s just an undead kind of Sunday. In keeping with the rising dead / crawling out of the cemetery theme, I’m here to show a little love for Stacey Jay’s third book of YA zombie goodness, just out last month: My So-Called Death. I know you’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, but I just have to say… any chick who can rock a bright pink beret like that one deserves our respect!

Speaking of deserving respect, Stacey is ka-razy prolific. This is actually her third visit to the blog to chat about her books. You can check out the earlier interviews to learn about her first YA novel, You Are So Undead to Me, and her second, Undead Much?. Now, on to the new stuff!

About My So Called Death

Just because you don’t have a pulse doesn’t mean you can’t be perky.

One second, freshman Karen Vera’s on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she’s lying on the pavement with seriously unflattering cranial damage. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she’s a genetically undead zombie.

Suddenly, Karen’s non-life is an epic disaster. She’s forced to attend a boarding school for the “death-challenged,” her roommate is a hateful wannabe-Goth weirdo, and she’s chowing down on animal brains every day to prevent rot (um, ew?). Even worse, someone is attacking students and harvesting their brains for a forbidden dark ritual. And it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen’s non-beating heart flutter!

Armed with a perky smile and killer fashion sense, it’s up to Karen to track down the brain snatcher and save her fellow students from certain zombie death.

Perky, well-dressed zombies? I don’t know about the cheerleaders in your high school, but when I think back to the ones in mine… hmmm. Yeah. Maybe the undead and certain cheerleaders1 have more in common than I originally thought. Guess I’ll have to check out Stacey Jay’s My So-Called Death to find out!

Congrats on another release, Stacey!

1. Except for the former high school cheerleaders I’m Facebook friends with now. You guys were totally not zombies. It was those other ones.

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.

Stacey Jay’s Character Debut Party

You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey JayAfter partying with Sarah MacLean and the Regency crowd last week, we’re back in the present for a little zombie action with author Stacey Jay.

I haven’t read YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME yet, but it’s already flying — er, shambling — off the shelves across the country. Can’t wait to get my copy and get my undead on!


Megan Berry’s social life is so dead. Literally. Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people. All Megan wants is to be normal–and go to homecoming. But someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it’s looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party–the bloody kind.

Megan’s 2009 Debut Party

Given the recent news of the zombie apocalypse hitting Austin, I think partying with Megan is a pretty good way to hedge your bets!

The Guest List

Megan had to invite Buffy, just because so many parallels had been drawn between the two of them. But they both agreed that Megan is nowhere near as bad ass as the Buffster. Buffy tried to make a case that supernatural therapy skills are almost as cool as supernatural fighting skill, but Megan wasn’t buying.

The Party

Join us at Megan’s house for an undead pastry party in a small, intimate gathering of fellow Settlers, family, and friends. Everyone has to make a dessert with a zombie theme. We’ve got cupcakes with zombie hands bursting from the chocolaty ground, zombie sugar cookies with missing limbs and walnut brains, a jello mold made in the shape of a brain…all kinds of gross and yummy stuff. All guests receive glow in the dark zombie finger puppets!

Glow in the dark zombie finger puppets?! *Secretly wants glow in the dark zombie finger puppets!*

The Guest of Honor: Megan Berry

Megan dons a cute summer dress with shorts underneath, just in case zombies attack unexpectedly and she has to kick a little ass. Flashing your party guests is never cool.

And her theme song? Disturbia by Rhianna.

Stacey Jay’s Advice for Megan on Her Big Debut

Enjoy it and eat lots of cake. There are things you might regret in life, but one night of unlimited cake is not one of them.

Unlimited cake?

*Runs — er, shambles — to zombie party!*

Thanks for the invite, Stacey, and best of luck to you and Megan!

YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME is available in book stores now, and also online at Amazon.

About the author: Stacey Jay is a workaholic with three pen names, four kids, and a decidedly macabre sense of humor. She loves zombies, creepies, crawlies, blood, guts, gore, and of course, romance. “You are So Undead to Me”, Stacey’s debut paranormal Young Adult Romance featuring Zombie Settler, Megan Berry was released January 22nd from Razorbill books. Visit her online.