If you like zombie books, you’ve probably already heard of Emily Goodwin. Her popular Contagium series has gained her a lot of fans. Now that she’s completed that series, she’s moving on to new things. Today, Emily shares with us her perspectives on writing across genres, zombies, and what we’ll see next from her.
Zen: Your Contagium series has been extremely popular. I know that at first, you were nervous about publishing such a dark book. Clearly, it worked out! What do you think draws readers to such dark subject matter?
Emily Goodwin: I think everyone has a sense of morbid curiosity, even if they don’t want to admit it. I know for me personally, what I like about dark topics and horror is how the events push limits, and you see how the characters react in those situations. Particularly in a zombie/post-apocalyptic situation, humanity is tested at its very roots. There are no laws to govern and punish bad behavior. Everything is done at your own, personal, moral level.
Zen: Do you feel there are positive message hidden within the dark matter (dark matter/brain pun totally intended)?
Emily Goodwin: I write for entertainment, so I don’t purposely put in moral lessons, but I definitely think you can take away that family isn’t determined by blood and that a big part of your past being forgiven is forgiving yourself first.
Zen: You write a variety of genres. Do you find that readers follow you across genres, or tend to read one type or another?
Emily Goodwin: I was really surprised to see so many readers stick with me. It’s amazing to hear from hardcore zombie fans that have read my dark romance books just because I wrote them and have now gone on to read more dark romance books. The same can be said for my romance readers whose first zombie books were my Contagium series. I love knowing that I’ve helped open up doors to new genres for people. For a long time I was strictly a paranormal romance only reader. I didn’t know how much I was missing until I branched out. Helping others do the same is amazing.
Zen: What are your favorite zombie movies? Do you prefer the serious ones or the funny ones?
Emily Goodwin: Zombieland and Resident Evil are my favorites, and are on different ends of the spectrum. Overall, I like the serious ones, but Zombieland is just too great not to be one of my favs.
Zen: So your Contagium series has come to an end. Many of your fans are sad to see it end. How do you feel about closing out this series?
Emily Goodwin: It was really emotional writing the epilogue of the last book. (I’ll admit I cried.) But in my mind, nothing is ever done. I would love to write a prequel through Hayden’s POV showing how he came to the compound and got everything set up. And a spin-off series might be happening… Though, the tale of Orissa and Hayden fighting the undead is done, and that does make me sad. I love them and getting lost in that world. I don’t think I’ve fully accepted the fact that there won’t be a full length 5th book.
Zen: When one thing ends, another begins. What are you planning now?
Emily Goodwin: Right now, I’m about 75% done with Beyond the Sea. It’s a NA paranormal romance about mermaids, with a twist on the whole mermaid thing. (They are NOT like Ariel.) I really, really like it and love how the story is coming together. I don’t have a specific date yet, but I plan to release it in April.
Zen: Who are your favorite badass women in movies?
Emily Goodwin: She’s not technically in a movie, but Buffy (from the show, not the 80’s movie). And Hermione Granger is one of the most badass characters ever. I think she’s one of the best because her badassery isn’t obvious. She doesn’t have to go around popping people for you to know she’s one tough chick. She’s smart, not afraid to stand up for herself, and will do anything to protect her friends. I think Hermione is a great role model.
Zen: Thank you so much for chatting! Let’s wrap up with something fun. How about some rapid-fire word association? No thinking—just say the first thing that comes to mind.
-Star Trek Sheldon
-pajamas my uniform!
-writing The best job ever!
Bio: Emily Goodwin is the author of the award winning Contagium Series published by Permuted Press as well as many independently published novels, including the internationally bestselling novel, STAY. Emily writes in a wide variety of genres, from horror to romance. She holds multiple degrees in psychology and nursing and has worked in mental health and general healthcare. Emily resides in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and German Shepherd named Vader. Along with writing, Emily enjoys riding her horse, designing and making costumes, and Cosplay.
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Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Emily-Goodwin/e/B006075SSG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1