Please give a warm welcome to the fabulous, Avery Flynn!
A Zombie Climbs Up a Beanstalk
By Avery Flynn
So Crystal wanted to know how I ever came up with the idea to turn Jack and the Beanstalk into a zombie story. The short answer: booze and the urge to do something new.
You know how every once in a while you get an itch to do something totally different? Like eat ice cream for dinner or dance in the middle of grocery store aisle or go camping - okay, not that last one. Well, that’s what happened to me.
I had just finished up a book and was thinking about something new to write. I wanted to do something totally out of my wheelhouse. That’s when I saw a submission call for fairytales with zombies in them.
Normal people might think, ‘okay, that’s weird.’ Lucky for me, and most writers I know, I am not normal so I thought, ‘how much fun would that be!’ That was the little seed that grew into Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies.
I was coming home from a July 4 BBQ at my friend Kimberly Kincaid’s house (which means I was well fed and slightly tipsy), when I decided to twist the Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale to include a love story and zombies. Because really, how do you make giants scarier? You make them brain-eating zombies. Yep, that sounds about right.
The next day I started writing. It was so much fun to create a world where fairytales were not only real, but there were treasure hunters who went out and found the relics associated with those tales. Honestly, I giggled so much while writing Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies that the Fab Mr. Flynn started to worry about me.
Luckily for me, Lyrical Press loved the idea and I got to work with an amazing editor, Mary Murray, who helped my weird little story into being.
Thanks so much, Crystal for letting me hang out at Reading Between the Wines!
Don’t let the fun end now. Enter to win a Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies prize pack (including a Shaun of the Dead DVD, zombie hunting license and more) from Avery Flynn and a $25 Amazon gift card!
As Avery mentioned above, she is sponsoring a giveaway on her website. If you would like to enter please follow this link: http://www.averyflynn.com/giveaway