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Author Interview: Amanda Ashby

Perhaps some debate with the whole Team Zombie vs. Team Unicorn will arise with today’s Lovely Lady, Amanda Ashby!

Ms. Ashby has this awesome book called…ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH. The name right there should just tell you how good it is…ok, I’m a little biased, I’m Team Zombie. But after reading an excerpt, admiring the cover, and smirking at the title, I’m going to check this book out!

A prom night Mia will never forget…

Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. Rob-super hot football god-has asked her to prom! Life couldn’t get any better. Enter Samantha -cheerleader queen and Miss Popularity-who has made it quite clear that Rob should be her prom date. Mia is desperate to make sure she doesn’t end up dumped in front of the whole school. So with prom in just a few days, she turns to Candice-her holistic, hypochondriac best friend-and decides to try a love spell to make Rob stay with her. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus on her whole class instead, and she is their zombie leader! At first she loves all the attention. But when she learns from zombie hunter hottie Chase that her classmates will actually try to eat her in a few days, she’s not too thrilled. She’s sure she and Chase can figure something out, but in the meantime, she’s suggesting that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

— Taken from Amanda’s website (Btw, I love that dress that girl has on the cover!)


1. Do I need to ask? Team Zombie or Unicorn?

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Please don’t tell anyone but one of my favorite books in the whole entire world is The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle, so while I’m not saying I love the mythical, pointy horse things, I don’t exactly hate them either!!!

2. I am a big zombie freak, and I sometimes get the idea that maybe there will be a total zombie apocalypse. Do you think we should start preparing our zombie survival kits?

If by kits you mean large compounds with zombie-proof fences, lots of food and weapons, then yup, I’m totally up for having a zombie survival kit. On the other hand if you’re thinking of stock piling a couple bottles of water and some batteries for the radio then, I hate to tell you Lauren, but we are all doomed…..

3. If you could dress up as anything you wanted for Halloween, what would it be?

Like everyone, I love and adore Audrey Hepburn, especially when she wore black dresses and tiaras so I’m think that an Audrey Hepburn zombie would be full of awesome goodness!!

4. Oh no! You’re at a Hallows Eve Party and at 12am you actually become what you were dressed up as! Who/what would you be dressed up as?

Well, being a big Buffy fan I am of course always prepared for what would happen if your Halloween costume came to life so obviously I would dress up as Princess of the Whole Entire Universe (or most commonly known as She Who Must Be Obeyed)

5. What’s next in your writing career?

I’ve just finished the copy edits of my next YA book, called Fairy Bad Day, which is the story of a girl who goes to an elite slaying school and wants to follow in her mom’s footsteps and become a dragon slayer. Instead she gets stuck with fairies. Then, if things can’t get worse she is attacked by an invisible killer fairy that no one else can see. And, thanks to a bad case of the girl who cried wolf, no one believes her and she is forced to ask the guy who took her dragon slaying spot for help.

It’s not out until next June, but I’ve just seen a sneak peak of the cover and it is completely awesome!

eeek! A faerie book to come?! Yay!

Thanks so much, Amanda!

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