The Zombie Next Door
The Troubled Souls of Goldie Rich
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Date of Publication: February 1, 2014
Cover Artist: Tony Bryson
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For the sleepy, seaside town of Vivian, life is usually just another day at the beach until a rash of bizarre robberies occur with one thing in common—the DNA lifted from the crime scene belongs to a dead man. Fourteen-year-old Goldie Rich is hardly concerned about that. She has enough problems dealing with her annoying guardian for the summer, older sister Gema.
Goldie’s problems escalate when she finds a pendant necklace washed up on the beach. The pendant contains the souls of zombies created by an evil sorcerer. Goldie must wear the necklace until she frees the souls, but to accomplish this, she has to confront the zombies face to face.
Goldie seeks help from her best friend, eccentric and free-spirited Rita. Although the pair’s zombie hunting exploits get them into huge trouble, they uncover the truth about the town’s robberies and how the secrets of Goldie’s past will define her future.
After working an assortment of jobs which include a computer programmer, marketing director, and substitute teacher, T.W. Kirchner decided to concentrate on her second loves, writing and art. Her first loves are her husband, two children, and furry menagerie known as the Kirchner Zoo. Other published books by T.W. Kirchner include Pirates Off the Deep End and Pirates Off the Wall.
Sometimes, when I’m watching TV or a movie, I’ll spot an actor or actress who would be perfect to portray a character in my book. I’ve put together a Dream Cast for the Zombie Next Door.
Fourteen-year-old Goldie Rich could be played by the cute, petite, curly-haired actress, Madison Pettis.She played The Rock’s daughter in the movie The Game Plan. Perky best friend, Rita, who enjoys the Nature Channel and colorful hair gel, could be played by Olivia Holt who is best known from the TV series Kickin’ It. Rita’s beautiful but seriously ditzy, sixteen-year-old sister, Bridget, could be played by Ariana Grande. I’m having trouble casting Goldie’s 23-year-old sister, Gema. Also, super-tall, dark and goofy Jonny, and dimpled Blake are evading my casting.