Eleanor Merry Brings Us a New Type of Zombie!

eleanorMerryMeet the talented Eleanor Merry, who is making her debut from Canada with her new novel Dead Aware. You can grab Dead Aware on Kindle unlimited which would make for nice free new read if you’re on it! Which is a darn good deal!
For Canadian readers grab you copy of Dead Aware here.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Talking about yourself is hard!
Yes! what a horrible question!
Well, I am from Vancouver Canada and aside from being an author I am also first and foremost a mom (to a psychotic toddler who I love to pieces) I do work full time in the travel industry. Travel is a huge passion of mine and I love seeing new places in the world! I am well known for bright hair colours (currently, blue) and haven’t seen my natural hair colour in about eighteen years. I am an avid reader of many genre’s (in 2018 I read 240 books!) and although I write horror and dystopian, I have a soft spot for dirty romance 😉 I am very close to my family and, living in BC, I love the outdoors and feel most at home in the forest and trees.

What has the writing experience been like for you?
Amazing! I have been writing since I was a kid and only began to pursue my dreams of publication at the start of 2019. I love days where the words just flow and have so many story idea’s I sometimes wonder where I will get the time to write them all. Honestly, writing is the easiest and funnest part of being an author for me.

Why horror?
A few different reasons, but mostly because I love to write what I love to read (And what I wish existed). A good horror story will stick with you long after it is finished and can affect you so many ways whether its make you uncomfortable or scared, make you think or just plain gross you out. The emotions I feel when I read a great horror novel are something unique in reading and something I strive to deliver in my own writing.

Do you write in other genres?
Not yet but I do have some plans for cross-overs including some children’s zombie books, dark romance and some other odds and ends. Chances are, most things I do will end up having some essence of horror in them.

What inspired you to venture into zombie fiction?
Aside from the obvious answer that I love zombies is that I had an idea that I wanted to see in the world of zompoc. My debut, Dead Aware, was actually an idea I had in high school about a couple who were zombies and had to cross the country to find each other. The idea expanded greatly over the course of 20 years and resulted in the Dead Aware series.

How’s your novel different from so many others?
I really wanted to have a story where instead of it being a lot of military and guns and brain eating undead, it was more focused on the ‘prejudice’ people feel against poor, misunderstood zombies. Dead Aware is written from an ‘undead’ point of view, which isn’t unique it itself, but I think the approach taken with it is something new that I really hope people enjoy.

What has been the most challenging thing about self publishing?
Everything but the writing! Marketing yourself, learning about formatting and blurbs and cover design and… Ahh! So many things! It is a huge learning curve.

What has been the most rewarding?
Getting my first review that wasn’t from a family member or friend. Knowing that someone willingly A) read my book and B) had amazing feedback.. well, it doesn’t get any better than that. As much as I would love to be rich off of writing, just getting to share my words with the world is amazing.

What is your favorite animal?
Mooses, eh. (I did say I was Canadian) Those things are big, tough, resilient and like, super cute. Also, now I think I need to write a moose into Dead Aware…

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