by A. Giacomi
(The Zombie Girl Saga #1)
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: January 25th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Zombies
Eve used to be an ordinary girl, from an ordinary town, with ordinary dreams, but her dreams rapidly turn into nightmares when one grave mistake leaves her a little less than human and a lot less average.
Eve’s not quite the same girl she used to be. She desperately clings to her humanity as new desires, new abilities, and new urges take over with each passing day.
Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is a tale that takes you on an emotional and terrifying journey as Eve struggles to cope with her new life and find a cure for her strange illness before time runs out. She desperately clings to her humanity as she tries to control the monster she knows is lurking inside her.
Turns out living was the easy part.
The Most Difficult Character I've Written
I can’t reveal too much about what becomes of Cameron Jackson by book 4, but I will say he is very important to how the story will play out. Many people will need him, rely on him, he might just be the key to saving humanity.
Much like Eve, Cam changes throughout the saga. Eve transforms physically but Cameron is transforming emotionally. If you’re a Walking Dead fan I can sum up Cam’s emotional state as Rick Grimes meets Glen Rhee.
The biggest criticism I have received about Cameron is that he’s not manly enough. I feel he is strong, he’s just damaged. I wanted his character to be vulnerable, to be pure of heart, much like a child is…so perhaps this would explain his lack of manliness as others have put it. Most of the reasons why people criticize Cameron is exactly what Eve loves him, there is an innocence to him that can’t be removed. There is hope.
Cameron goes through a lot in the book. His mother died when he was young and he was left with an alcoholic father to tend to. Cameron was frozen in time after that, he didn’t have role models to show him the way, so throughout the series we literally see Cam growing up, trying to find who he is. Many of the scenes between Cameron and his father Henry left me bawling. It was difficult to write such emotional scenes. I often find reality more terrifying than fiction, and this is why I can enjoy a horror movie, but god forbid I watch the news…I can’t sleep after that. Cameron’s story felt very real, raw, and emotionally charged, there is not a moment that goes by in the story where you don’t see the sorrow he carries with him. It’s heavy, but he manages to move forward. That is strength.
He clings to Eve as his lifeline; she’s the only thing keeping him going at times, so you can imagine how it affects him when he finds out that she’s been infected with an incurable virus. Losing Eve means he’s lost everything, and although he knows they have no future, he continues to come back to her. There is some enigmatic connection between the two, and that was perhaps the easiest thing to write about Cameron. It was very natural to write the relationship between Eve and Cameron, at times it took on a life of its own, almost as if the text was powerful enough to bring these two off the page and into reality. There is a sense of star-crossed lovers to them; poor timing, yet unyielding love, the kind of love that lives on after you read it.
By the end of book 4 people will understand exactly why I wrote Cam the way I did, it will all become clear, and it will have been worth the wait!
A.Giacomi is the author of the wildly entertaining Zombie Girl Saga, a four part series from Permuted Press. Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is A. Giacomi’s debut novel. You can catch the latest updates about her writing on her blog: www.poeticzombie.com
A. Giacomi is a wife, and mother to one small human child. She is a Canadian born writer, educator, and artist. She proudly waves her York University Alumni flag and continues to thirst for knowledge and devour books. She is a zombie enthusiast, lover of all things Tim Burton, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Marvel, Star Wars and just generally just loves film, essentially she’s a fangirl.
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