The Zombie Upstairs
The Troubled Souls of Goldie Rich
Genre: YA mystery
Publisher: Short On Time Books
Date of Publication: 02/12/14
Number of Pages: 92
Word Count: 30,000
Cover Artist: Tony Bryson
After the first harrowing but successful zombie encounter, fourteen-year-old Goldie Rich and her older sister, Gema, make amends. Since Gema still doesn’t share Goldie’s belief in zombies, Goldie and best friend, Rita, decide to keep their zombie activities a secret. With nine souls left to free from the magical pendant Goldie found, her zombie hunting days are far from over.
The warring light and dark magic of the pendant give Goldie frequent nightmares. Her visions give her clues of what lies ahead and what she needs to do to defeat the evil Bokor. As she struggles to unravel them while keeping it a secret, friends Jonny and Blake get pulled into the zombie hunt. Just when Goldie finally feels she has the mission under control, some new discoveries alert her that the dark magic has placed Gema in danger.
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Writing zombies for young adults, the challenges it presents.
I tried to make The Zombie Upstairs suspenseful but not gory. My zombie series is not a typical YA where anything goes. I tried to capture a 14- to 16-year-old market that is caught between Middle Grade and YA. My zombies are also not the typical Hollywood zombies. They are based off the zombies created from voodoo and not the decomposing, reanimated corpses typically portrayed.
The importance of social media in promoting your book.
Unless you’re a well-known author who has long list of successful books or you have access to promote your book in front of a million viewers on TV, readers won’t be seeking out your books. Social media is a great way to get your book in front of them. Social media makes it easier to target a large number of readers that have a specific interest in your type of book in a short period of time.
The Zombies of our days (how to find new stories with and about zombies).
The zombies in my books aren’t reanimated corpses, but the type created by sorcerers of voodoo. The plot is centered on a mystery that the main character has to solve—the zombies are basically a road block, but one she can’t go around. She has to plow forward, through them.
About the Author
After working an assortment of jobs, which include a computer programmer, marketing director, and substitute teacher, T.W. Kirchner decided to concentrate on her second loves, writing and art. Her first loves are her husband, two children, and furry menagerie known as the Kirchner Zoo. Pirates Off the Deep End and Pirates Off the Wall are my first published novels. The Troubled Souls of Goldie Rich: The Zombie Next Door and The Troubled Souls of Goldie Rich: The Zombie Upstairs are now available. A sequel to Pirates will be out around summer 2014
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