Scare-a-Thon Q&A (& Giveaway): Jesse Petersen, author of the Living With the Dead Series

I’m always thrilled to catch up with Jesse Petersen, author of the Living With the Dead series (and more), and she was kind enough to let me grill her for the Scare-a-Thon event.

We also have a Kindle copy of In the Dead: Volume 1 to give away, but if you don’t have a Kindle, I’ve got a shiny new copy of Married With Zombies (Living With the Dead #1) to give away, so be sure to see details at the bottom of the post!

Please welcome Jesse back to the blog!

Jesse, I’m so happy to have you back on the blog! Can you catch us up a bit on what you’ve been up to? I heard you have new book coming out in January called The Zombie Whisperer. Will you tell us a bit more about that?
I’m so excited to be here again! Thanks for asking me. The Zombie Whisperer is the 4th (and probably final) book in the Dave and Sarah series (Living With the Dead series) that started with MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES. In it, Dave and Sarah are trying to live a quiet life in Montana when everything falls apart, they’re asked to save the world again and they have to decide what their future should look like. Look for fun, zombie hijinks and the usual “self-help advice” chapter headers. Right now I’m shooting for January release (I’ll be self-publishing), but it may not be until February. I’m getting that finalized right now. Early 2013, though, for sure! Before CLUB MONSTROSITY is out.

Speaking of Club Monstrosity… Care to dish?
Absolutely! This book starts a new series for me about a group of monsters who live in New York City. Their stories have been co-opted and twisted by authors and moviemakers for hundreds of years, and now they just want to be left alone. Be normal. They meet once a week in the basement of a church in a support group. But when they start getting killed off one by one, the same way they have in their various stories, they have to figure out who is doing it and if they want to be monsters after all. If you liked the dark, sarcastic humor of MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES, there’s a lot of that in this series, too. My main character is Natalie, a Frankenstein’s Monster (or Creature) and my hero is a Wolf Man named Alec. There are mummies and swamp dwellers and vampires and it was sooooo fun to write.

Obviously, you like zombies (Living With the Dead Series, In the Dead), but what other creepies do you like?
I love scary stuff, maybe because as an imaginative child they gave me nightmares and I wasn’t given permission to watch them. I find that I like psychological thrillers more than monsters when I want a scare. I’m sort of an Investigation Discovery channel junkie. Lots of people killing people they know and it’s awful and I can’t look away. The idea that you’d know someone, love someone, and one day they’d do something so heinous is just… bad.
As far as creepy stuff in fiction, I love the weeping angels in Dr. Who. They are terrifying. What a wonderful idea!! Wish I’d had it…

What are some of your favorite scary reads?
I’m a fan of Stephen King, especially THE SHINING and THE STAND.

How about movies?
28 Days Later, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Paranormal Activity, The Crazies (remake 2010), Silence of the Lambs… there are a lot.

Does your family do anything special for Halloween?
We don’t have kids, so we don’t really have a lot of Halloween traditions. We sometimes go to a party, we give out candy, we watch horror movies. It’s pretty low key. I do love Halloween in theory, but it’s gotten so expensive to get a great costume and all the ones for women are kind of… um… whore-ish. It’s too bad women can’t be just a fairy, not a slutty fairy. Or just a cop, not a slutty cop. Eh, I just want to dress us, not have to figure out how to cover up my butt in a super-short costume… I’m apparently getting too old for this.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m just so excited about all my upcoming projects. I hope readers that have enjoyed my previous works will come and check out the new books. Oh, and I just redesigned my website, a total overhaul on the look, so please stop by and take a peek!
Keep up with Jesse: Website | Twitter

1. Leave a comment on the post with your preference (In the Dead for KINDLE, or if you don’t have a Kindle, Married With Zombies)
2. Make sure you leave your email address when you fill out the comment form (no need to leave it in the body of the comment if you do this)
3. Giveaway is open US Only (for both books)
4. Giveaway ENDS 10/27/12

About In the Dead:
When the Zombie Apocalypse began in Seattle and spread within days to almost the entire western half the country, the survivors had to figure out how to deal with the plague and live one day at a time. These are their stories.

If you liked Jesse Petersen’s zombie comedies Married With Zombies, Flip This Zombie and Eat Slay Love, these nine stories are set in the same world, but from the perspective of other survivors.

About Married With Zombies:
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

About Jesse Petersen (via her website):
Jesse’s life as a writer began when her husband made the brilliant observation that she was much happier writing than doing anything else. So she took the plunge and decided to do that full-time. After many years and many books in different sub-genres, she was bitten by the zombie bug (not a zombie, but the bug) and took off on a zany adventure into the world of Urban Fantasy. Soon zombies were not enough and now she is poised to take over the world with her not-so-normal paranormal stories which inject dark humor into uncommon circumstances.

When not coming up with stories about the weird and wonderful she lives in Tucson, AZ, with her high school sweetheart husband and two cats. She plays video games, hangs out with her favorite nephews, hikes in the beautiful mountains, watches wayyyyy too much reality TV (and some really good scripted TV), ponders all things geekish and madly scribbles notes on her next idea while she laughs at people who still have to shovel snow.

Oh and from time to time she even writes, which is still what she likes to do best. She loves chatting with fans of her stories and lovers of geeky things.


  1. I would love to win a copy of Married with Zombies. I can’t believe I have missed this series. We all have zombies on the brain at my house, I live in California and my kids no longer call it earthquake weather, but zombie apocalypse weather.

  2. I would love to win In the dead for kindle but really either one would be lovely. I just love zombie books 🙂 and I love Anwitch’s comment zombie apocalypse weather lol.

  3. I absolutely LOVED this series. I read them cover to cover within a week and can’t wait to read the next one Jesse has in store for us. She makes me want to write and get my ideas out there as well. 😀

  4. What a fun post! I do have a kindle.

  5. I would love to win Married With Zombies. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  6. I definitely want to read both of these. I’d love to win Marries with Zombies. Want to start with it first. It looks like Jesse likes the same books and movies I do and I just know I’ll love her books!
    Thanks for the giveaway and the interview. It’s was fun reading!

  7. The books sound interesting.

  8. OMG!!!!!!!!!! I’m sooooo happy to hear that we will get more Dave and Sarah! I love, love, love this series! Thanks for the fun interview and no need to enter me cuz I own everything that Jesse has written! Glad to hear that there will be more in the future. Best of luck and know that you have loyal fans who have been haunting Amazon for your new releases 🙂

  9. I would love to win In the Dead for kindle. I have read all three books in the series already and this sounds like a good read. One of my all time fav series

  10. Both sound awesome, but “About Married With Zombies” sounds like a fun read.

  11. Married with Zombies was one of my favorite reads this year, and I would LOVE to win a copy of In the Dead for Kindle!! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway:)

  12. wow. this sounds awesome! i would love a copy. 😀

  13. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today. Love your choice of films – definitely enjoy a touch of tongue in cheek with my horror 🙂

  14. I’d like Married with Zombies. i love zombie books!

  15. Would love to read Married with Zombies. I am in Canada ATM though! Will keep an eye out for it.

  16. Wow Jesse,

    The interview was so interesting. I was never a big Zombie fan but I may have to change my mind after reading the little blurb of Married with Zombies.

    If I win I would love this book. Thanks for sharing.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com

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