Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Q&A with Robin Becker

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Robin Becker poses with her debut novel

UCA writing teacher Robin Becker is celebrating the release of her first book, 'Brians: A Zombie Memoir', and to go along with our review we asked her a few questions about what it's like to be a zombie novelist.

1. Why zombies? What's your particular attraction to the genre? First off, I love gore. I like horror movies and horror novels: I'm attracted to things that go bump in the night. As for zombies in particular, I admire their tenacity. They are so focused, so goal-oriented. Humans could learn something from their drive. We'd get more stuff done--feed the world, plug the oil leak, end war. Plus, I like glistening entrails! 2. Where did the idea for "Brains" come from? 2004 was a banner year for zombie movies--the remake of Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead came out. And in 2005, Land of the Dead was released. My allegiance began to shift from the humans to the zombies. At that point, no one had told the story from the zombie POV. Now, of course, there are movies and books from the zombie perspective--but I started to wonder: What would the zombie say if she/he/it could talk? And think?  Does the zombie have other desires besides human flesh?

3. How long did it take you to write it, and then subsequently have in published? Was in a difficult/frustrating/exciting/challenging project? It was all of those things. I started the book in 2004 or 2005. I can't remember exactly! I was also writing a collection of short stories at the time. I began looking for an agent in 2008, and then from agent to publisher to book was two years. From what I understand, that's typical. It's a slow business. All in all, I learned a lot.

4. Do you have plans for any other novels? If so, will you stay in the zombie/comedy genres, or do you plan on trying something else out? Right now I'm writing a supernatural thriller--it does have some of the same humor as Brains, because that's how I roll. But it's not a zombie novel. And the protagonist is a woman. Look for it in 2-3 years!


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