Guest Post with Rusty Fischer and #Giveaway of Zombies Don’t Cry (International)

Today I have Rusty Fischer on with a guest post and giveaway of Zombies Don’t Cry.  I really enjoyed this book and you should check out my review here.    Rusty has a fantastic writing style that this guest post gives you a little hint to.  Make sure you read to the bottom where you’ll find the giveaway!
Vampires Versus Zombies: Can’t We All Just Get Along?
A Guest Post by Rusty Fischer, author of Zombies Don’t Cry
My author copies of Zombies Don’t Cry came to my house last week; three dozen big, black, 300-page beauties I just can’t seem to keep my hands on. It’s funny to watch the faces of my family, friends and even my neighbors as they flip through the book I’ve been working on for, oh, the last two years!
They see “zombies” on the front cover and kind of wink at each other knowingly and pat my head and say things like, “Who knows? They could be the next big thing!”
Or, “You crazy rascal, you! What will you think of next?”
Then they inevitably ask, “What is next, by the way?”
I quickly mention my upcoming YA novel, Vamplayers, and their eyes light up. “Now THAT sounds awesome!” they say, suddenly in a world much more familiar and safe than… zombies.
I’m not going so far as to say there are zombie people and vampire people, but there kind of are zombie people and vampire people, if you know what I mean!
To me, they’re kind of twin sides of the same coin. The zombies I write about are functional, emotional, physical, real people; they don’t shuffle around or mumble or yank brains out of random strangers.
They have rules and laws and morals; they go to school and have to dress to cover up their unhealthy pallor and avoid touching people with their cold, dead skin and aren’t supposed to date each other and that gets all complicated.
Grave dirt is their garlic; copper is their silver; electricity is their stake through the heart. So to me, there are a lot of similarities between zombies and vampires. But zombies just… feel… different, you know?
They have a different energy than vampires. (I can’t believe I’m actually writing this!) But they do; vampires are hot, zombies are cool. And I don’t just mean that in a “pretty boy,” Team Edward way, but in a personality way.
My vampires move more quickly than my zombies, they’re more fluid and nuanced and fast. My zombies are stiff but functional, slow but methodical, blunt but powerful. It’s a little like the rabbit versus the hare; Jason Bourne versus the Terminator. In short, each genre has its own pros and cons; and also its own personality and playfulness.
I enjoy writing about zombies because there’s so little mythology; it’s kind of a “blank slate” where you can still pretty much write your own ticket because most folks are still focusing on the zombie as bad guy and not taking great pains to make him – or, in my case, her – a main character.
Vampires are fun for the opposite reason: there’s so MUCH mythology, you kind of have to play by at least some of the rules or folks really freak out. The “fun” part comes in getting original and imaginative and even playful inside those particular creative guardrails.
I dunno, I guess my point is this: why hate on either genre? There’s so much going on in both, from a relative YA zombie explosion where everything is new and fresh and original to a kind of resurgence of the vampire genre where readers either flock to the old and familiar or embrace the quirky, fun or realistic side.
I love writing, and reading, both zombies and vampires. It’s like alternating cardio with resistance training; one day you do weights to build your muscles, the other you hit the track to work your heart and lungs.
I’m not quite as purposeful about what I’m writing today versus tomorrow. I get in a zombie phase where I’ll really just be enjoying that world for a few books or so, then I’ll step away and it’s like the zombie tank is empty and as much as I try I just can’t walk through another fictional graveyard or find another fresh brain recipe.
So I’ll take a week or so off and start writing about fangs and capes and stakes and blood again; it’s all good. I’m the same way in my reading; you probably are, too.
The good news is it’s all YA; the better news is, well, it’s getting better all the time. Every week I’m seeing new releases by new authors that literally knock my block off! So if you’re a zombie person, lighten up and let the vampire in.
And if you’re a vampire person, well, haven’t you been king of the mountain long enough?!?!
Yours in YA,
Rusty
About the author: Rusty Fischer is the author of Zombies Don’t Cry: A Living Dead Love Story, due out from Medallion Press in April 2011. Visit his blog, www.zombiesdontblog.blogspot.com, for news, reviews, cover leaks, writing and publishing advice, book excerpts and more! And look for his next book, Vamplayers, due out from Medallion next year!
The Giveaway:
Rusty is giving away two copies of Zombies Don’t Cry.  One is the paperback version, and one is the e-book version.  The paperback is open to US addresses only.  The e-book version is open to international folks only.  
You must be 13 years of age or older.
You must enter by 5/5/2011

To Enter:
Leave a comment telling us what your favorite is.  Do you prefer zombies over vampires?  Maybe the other way around? Or maybe you haven’t read a zombie book yet (this is a great place to start!)?  Let us know!
You must also tell us if your US or International.  
And be sure to leave an email to contact you with!
Thanks for subscribing!
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Comments

  1. I used to be all about vampires, but lately all I seem to want to read about or watch is ZOMBIES! I think it’s because not many people have really written about them as much as vampires have been.

    I’m entering for the International draw (YAY CANADA!)

  2. I’m more into vampires because I haven’t read any zombie books yet so who knows I could change sides. I don’t think so but who knows what the future holds. Zombies Don’t Cry could be the breakthrough for me.

    smg5775@yahoo.com

  3. The only zombie books I’ve read so far are the Forest of Hands and Teeth series, and I really enjoy them. I’ve definitely read more vampire books, but I’m happy to see zombies gaining popularity. :)

    I’m in the US and way older than 13.

    kristinrae023(at)gmail.com

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  4. Great guest blog spot.

    I’m International. I did prefer Vampires, but…having said that I enjoyed Hollowland by Amanda Hocking..where all zombies were bad. I’m looking forward to read that there are good and bad Zombies. I am slowly being converted.

    Michelle

  5. I have enjoyed the zombie fiction I have read more so than the vampires, but ghosts still trump everything for me.
    I’m in the US.
    rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

  6. Oooh, I’ve never read a zombie book before, so this should be a really fun read :D
    But I am a fan of vamps too. I’m sure both are great :)
    I’m international. email arielle(dot)yeap(at)gmail.com

  7. I used to really love vamps but lately there’s been SO MUCH of it (and some of it frankly not that good) that I’ve been moving out to other supernatural nasties.

    International:
    faefever25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. I like vampires. I haven’t read any zombie books. My exposure to zombies has been through a couple of movies, and I think a couple of my coworkers are zombies.

    Thank you for the chance!

    I am international(Canada)

    ceeenndee at gmail dot com

  9. I used to really like vampires and then the vampire fad started after Twilight and it has sort of thrown me off.
    thanks for the giveaway!

    katie_tp(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. Sounds interesting :)
    And love the cover :)

    I have never read a zombie book before, so really curious now :)
    Though I have read many vampire books :P But zombies are on my list of to read :P And this one sounds interesting :D very curious indead :D

    Please count me in for the giveaway and thanks for the oportunity.
    International follower (from Norway)
    line_boegh@hotmail.com

  11. Zombies and vampires both have their place. Twilight has been a downer for vampires for me so zombies are ahead now. But who knows maybe a new writer will come along and do vampires justice.

    Reapers are the Angels the best zombie book no doubt that I have read so far. Anyone who hasn’t read it should.

    frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. LOVE Zombie movies but other than what was in another author’s books — not ZOMBIE books exactly — I’ve never read one!

    If I were to chose a MOVIE Zombie or Vampire — would choose Zombie most any day of the week. Love vamps but a zombie….there are just too many untold stories — too many ways you can go with them.

    Would love a chance to read your book.

    US Follower

    blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com
    readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com

  13. It would be vampires for me everytime!

    I have actually never read a zombie novel as zombie movies have always freaked me out. But, if I were lucky enough to win, I’d be happy to give them another chance!

    International

    nickijmarkus @ y7mail . com

  14. This is so tough for me. I fell in love with vampires a very long time ago. Then slowly my obsession for zombies has multiplied. It’s just so hard for me to choose.

    Zombies..

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  15. I have to say vampires. Zombies just don’t sound very sexy, where vampries are usually drop dead (literally) gorgeous. But I haven’t read a zombie book…yet.

    aliciacald(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. I have yet to read a zombie book, but always willing to check it out. I’ve been reading more vampire stories lately. I mean at least there can be a potential romance where as a zombie….it’s gross to even think about.lol

    hollyjolly89@gmail.com

  17. Hi there! I’m more a zombie movie lover than a zombie book lover. I do have some zombie books on my kindle, but I haven’t read them yet. I do read more about vampires. Sometimes I prefer the romance, sometimes I want the gritty horror of traditional vamps. I have to get the zombie books farther up my TBR pile, cuz I do like me some zombies. (my son LOVES zombies!) I’m in the USA
    Artesia at comcast dot net Thanks!!

  18. I like vampires, but maybe because I haven’t read a zombie book and would love to read this one! I’m in the US And you can reach me at emmamelerojuarez(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Emma

  19. Zombies all the way!!!!! They so rock! Rot & Ruin has been my favorite zombie book so far. But I also love The Forest of Hands and Teeth series!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    US
    themgowl at gmail dot com

  20. Great post, Rusty! I’ve never really found myself lumped into a vampire or zombie category. In fact, I enjoy reading about both, but, right now, I’m leaning towards zombies. Vampire books are everywhere and it’s really difficult to find out that stands out so far from the rest. I don’t think the same can be said about zombies books though.

    There are plenty of YA zombie books, but they’re all different, for the reasons you stated. There isn’t really a set mythos when it comes to zombies, so the subject is free to manipulate and I’m really enjoying the different takes on it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I’m in the US.
    wickedawesomebooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

  21. I haven’t read a zombie book before, sadly. I hope to change it.

    This sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the giveaway! International please.

    Kris
    elfdrop(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. I haven’t really read any zombie books, so I’ll go for vampires over zombies! I’d love to read a zombie book though.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com
    FL -USA

  23. I’ve never read a zombie book before either! But I’m really wanting to start! Thanks for the giveaway!

    alexandriatheo[at]gmail[dot]com

    I’m lots older than 13 too!

  24. I must say, I like vampires better. There’s just something about drinking blood that makes me happy… I haven’t read a lot of zombie books (though I do think that the zombie apocalypse will be upon us soon) and really, the only zombies I’ve seen (and loved) are the ones from Plants vs. Zombies. They’re adorable.

    I’m international!
    purkey(dot)returns(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. I haven`t read a zombie book yet. Thus, I have to go with vampires, especially after falling in love with Edward from Twilight (I`m a loser, I know this, lol).
    A good zombie book may change my mind :)

    International
    Christie
    swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

  26. I love zombie/necromantic books. I love reading along the lines of monsters and flesh eating zombies, because zombies add suspense and a thrill into books other than vampires. I read countless vampire novellas and stories to say that I’m leering towards zombies at the momentum.

    Contact Info: golaszewski(dot)tw1(at)gmail(dot)
    com.

  27. As classic as vampires are, there is something so pulling about the undead who shuffle and moan and slowly rot as they long for your flesh… They are like vampires, gone horribly wrong!

    I haven’t read many zombie books yet, but I am dying to. So… crossing fingers!

    jennimerritt.writing (at) gmail (dot) com

    And I am in the US!

  28. I’m a major vampire lover.. but I haven’t actually read any zombie books yet. Maybe this would be good to start with.
    Can’t see me prefering zombies over vampires, but I’ll be open minded!

    Leannz0r@gmail.com

    I’m in the UK!

  29. Hm, the only zombie book I’ve read is Forest of Hands and Teeth, and the zombies weren’t very nice in that one. I guess I like vampires more, but I think zombies are cooler. Well that didn’t make any sense, but.. yeah.

    liforda@yahoo.com
    & I’m in the US.

  30. Hmmm, I’ve actually never read a Zombie book. I’ve got The Forests of Hands and Teeth sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read and looking all sad and lonely, so I guess when I read that it’ll be my first.
    I’ve seen plenty of movies though–hello, Resident Evil and Dawn of the Dead anyone? In those the zombies are always hideous and evil–nothing like the sound of the ones in this book.
    Therefore I guess I’d have to say vampires, just cos I have no experience with Zombies in books….yet =D

    I’d love to win the e-copy as I live Down Under!

    rachybee101@live.com.au

  31. I’m sort of on the fence about who I like more. Actually, I guess I feel like “Why don’t we all just get along?” I see the good and bad in both so I can’t really pick one over the other. Although I can say that I haven’t read any really good zombie books. There are so many vampire books that you’re bound to like one of them but you don’t have the luxury with zombies. I hope this book helps redeem zombies because it’s certainly got my hopes up now! =D

    stickchic_brittany18@yahoo.com
    I live in the US =)

  32. I haven’t read any zombie books; just vampire stories. I do like zombie movies so I’m sure that the written word is scarier than the screen.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

  33. I’ve a bad tought about zombie in my mind.. I never read a bok about zombie, but I’ve watched some movie about zombie, and they really frightening.. Gezz!!
    I prefer vampires, hey like Carlisle’s families in Twilight Saga hahahahaha (maybe you change my mind about zombie)

    I’m from Indonesia entering internationally

    florentine_frinda(at)yahoo(dot)com

  34. Well… it depends. : ) I like zombies over vampires, unless they’re scary zombies… how do you stop a zombie? Even if you stake it (poof, bye-bye vampire!), it still wants your brain! The only thing I can think of is de-limbing the poor thing, but that just seems awful! Soo… funny zombies, yes please! Scary zombies = nightmares! Ack! (But I read them anyway… haha!)
    : )
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

  35. I would very much prefer vampire… i can not handle gore.. but i also havent read a zombie book. maybe id change my mind *shrugs*

    Tezza
    TValeros18 @ gmail [dot] com

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

  36. I love both vampires and zombies. Zombies are just awesome, but at the same time, vampires kick butt. Must a girl choose? I would rather have a relationship or read about a relationship with a vampire as how does the even work?

    Mare
    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

    GFC follower with this account – Mare/TommyGirl

  37. I have never read a Zombie or Vampire book before. This would be my first one. Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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