Esther Wheelmaker

Just completed my interview with Zombiepunk Series author Esther Wheelmaker and was alot of fun to read her answers. This fun loving author was a pleasure to work with so make sure to check out the book review that I did on her book Gravely Inanimated by clicking HERE.

You can see the books that we have listed by Esther Wheelmaker here: Zombies

How did you come up with the idea for the Zombiepunk Series?
I must say I have to blame this one originally on my brother. He is the zombie lover in the family while I am the everything else but (zombies) lover in the family. ::giggles:: He said they were “hot” and “happening” and I said…fine-e-e-e-e-e-e-e. I’ll do it.

Then while I was at the Steampunk World Fair in New Jersey I was overwhelmed by all the steampunk and costumes, along with V is for Villains (a terrific band that you should check out) and it all came to me. Zombies! Villains! Superheroes! Music! And STEAMPUNK!

Therefore, the zombiepunk series was born.

With the name being Zombiepunk can we expect to see beings crawling from their caskets?
Oh I hope so, or I didn’t do my job correctly! I have actually gone with the more traditional zombie, than what you have been seeing normally right now. That is why I am doing VOODOO! So along with a “virus” being spread there is a voodoo queen creating zombies with her magic. I love going the traditional route and do the same with my vampires in The Last Witch Series. So no, my vampires DO NOT SPARKLE.

How many books do you plan on writing for the Zombiepunk Series?
Currently, I am trying to decide between three and four. But there will not (doubtfully) be more than four. I think that gives more than enough space for the characters to develop and get what they need to done.

Are you currently working on any other paranormal books that you would like to share with us?
Of course! There is the Last Witch Series, which starts off with Vampyre Kisses and as grown with Werewolf Descent, Witch Devotions and Demonic Charms. The last of which will be out in July of 2014.

Of course there is my erotica series, Demonic Cravings, which, you guessed it!, involves Demons. You can find Demon Protection Plan and From Demons, With Lust on amazon and smashwords.

I am also working on Fairy Tale Retellings that will involve a steampunk version of Beauty and the Beast, titled: Alayna et le Automaton. Along with a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood titled: Werewolf Extinction. Also steampunk.

Of all the books that you have written over the years what was your favorite to write and why?
Oh wow! What a choice. Hmmm. I think I would have to say my favorite to write was Gravely Inanimated. I had become a more advanced writer and knew exactly what I was doing. Not only that but it incorporated V is for Villains in the book and it was a terrific time working with them on creating the book with their characters: Mr Agitator, Fallon Flynn, Veronica Jade and The Pulse.

BUT! Witch Devotions is a close second. That book involved getting out a lot of emotions concerning my dad’s death a few years ago. It was a great way to really express my loss and I am very close to Witch Devotions due to that.

Do you have a favorite paranormal author and how have they impacted the type of writer that you are?
Tamora Pierce. Hands DOWN. I had the pleasure of getting to “fan girl” moment out on her a couple months ago too. I don’t know if I would say she is paranormal, but her books do have paranormal elements in them. She was the first female author I read that really incorporated a strong female lead. I learned from her and my mother that females can be strong and that is why I now write today such strong female characters in my own books.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My dad and mom are my biggest supporters in my writing career. My father (until the day he died) believed in me and wanted me to succeed with my writing. My mom, to this day, still supports me and loves hearing about what is going on in my writing life.

How did you find out about
Facebook. LoL. I saw a post and was like “Hey! I wonder if they would like to read one of my books?” And that is how I forced myself upon you. :giggles:

What advice would you to give new authors that are just starting out?
Learn your craft. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Keep on writing. And finally…Never take no for an answer. As long as you don’t get too stalker-ish with it. hehe.

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