The horror/supernatural/paranormal genre isn’t just for adults; kids also like to play in that sandbox. For that reason, I like to include both children’s and YA authors for the younger crowd (and readers who prefer a more kinder, gentler type of horror) in Bad Moon. As a zombie fan (anyone catch The Walking Dead last night?), I burst out in laughter when I first read the premise of this author’s book. What if you were a zombie – but vegetarian? Victoria Zigler and Vinnie are here today to brighten up your Monday!
Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?
Spend the night in a haunted house for sure. I hate the thought of being trapped in something like a coffin even for a short time. I’ve even made it known among my family that I want to be cremated rather than buried when I die, because I hate the thought of ending up in a coffin – dead or alive. But a haunted house… Well, that I could deal with.
I’m a firm believer in ghosts, having had encounters in the past. However, half the time the hauntings aren’t real anyhow. But even if they were, I’d much rather put up with a ghost for the night – even one with anger management issues, who causes all sorts of awful things to happen during that night – than be trapped in a coffin for even a few minutes. Yeah, that’s how much I hate the idea of being in a coffin. Besides, I’ve slept in haunted houses before. Perhaps not the kind you’re thinking of from horror novels, but I’ve lived in places with ghosts in the building. So, like I said, haunted house for sure.
Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep? Which one?
This is very rare. Mostly I don’t scare easily. You’re talking to someone who watched “Nightmare on Elm Street” as a child, and “The Exorcist” as a teenager, without any problems going straight to bed afterwards. Like I said, I don’t scare easily.
Having said that, there have been a couple of books that actually managed to scare me. “Dark Matter” by Michelle Paver scared me so much I had nightmares during what sleep I actually got for days afterwards. I’ve re-read it since, and it gets me every time. “Thin Air” by Michelle Paver came close to following in its footsteps, and Teri Polen’s “Sarah” is one of the few other books to actually scare me (though Teri didn’t scare me quite as much as Michelle did… Sorry, Teri, but you came close, and that’s quite an achievement).
Would you rather put your hand in a box and feel something slimy or furry?
Furry. Definitely furry! There are so many gross things that “slimy” could mean, and some of them I’d rather not even think about, let alone touch. “Furry” is much more likely to be something pleasant. Of course, there are no guarantees, but still. Plus, at least if the furry thing is gross, I probably won’t be covered in nasty goo from touching it, which I definitely will be if the box contains something slimy.
If you had to give up snacks or drinks during writing sessions, which would be more difficult?
Drinks. I don’t actually snack while writing. I sometimes use getting snacks as an excuse to get up from the computer for a bit, and the rest of the time don’t even bother with a snack break (especially if the dogs, phone, etc, have been disturbing me a lot, and I’m trying to make the most of the time before something interrupts me again). So giving up snacks would be easy. But I like to have something to drink nearby, so it would be a harder habit to break.
*takes sip of tea before continuing*
Do you write to music?
No. It doesn’t matter if someone else has it on, or if there’s TV on, or whatever though. I’m not one of those people who needs noise – or lack of it – to write. I’m one of those people who can generally just tune out whatever else is going on around me and write, or listen to it and still focus on my writing, depending on which I want/need to do at any given time. I say, “Generally,” because there are times it doesn’t work, and even I have my limits as to how much I can filter out. But mostly I can do this. If only I had the same control over the filtering of internal noise as I do external noise, and could pick and choose when and what my mind was focused on… Ah well, nobody’s perfect, and you can’t have everything.
What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?
The final scene. I wanted to show what happened to both Vinnie and Annie at the end, but had to be careful with how I did so. Partially because it’s a children’s story officially, and you have to be more delicate with that kind of thing in a children’s story, and partially because I’d taken pains to show that Vinnie wasn’t just another zombie out for brains, and had to take that in to account as well, which added an extra reason to tread carefully with what happens and how.
I can’t explain more clearly without spoilers, but if you read the book, hopefully you’ll see what I mean. Perhaps you’ll even think I handled it well. I sure hope that’s what you think anyhow. But you’ll have to buy the book so you can judge that for yourself.
When Vinnie the zombie smashes his way in to the fruit and vegetable shop where six year old Annie is waiting in hiding for her Mother to come back for her, Annie isn’t sure what to do. But Vinnie isn’t like other zombies. A vegetarian in life, it looks like Vinnie may also be one in death, and it may not be Annie who’s in danger after all.
Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby, chinchilla, Westie, Cavapoo, and Hermann’s Tortoise.
Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.
To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and 46 children’s books, with more planned for the future. She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.
Additionally, Tori’s Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults, which are available via Praise My Pet.
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