I just completed my interview with the lovely M. Lauryl Lewis who is the author of the Grace Series. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview with us and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
Check out the books we have listed by M. Lauryl Lewis: Zombies
What was your inspiration for the The Grace Series?
Inspiration came to me shortly after I slipped in the snow and ripped apart my ankle. I was suddenly much less mobile than usual, and out of work. I dawned on me that I might as well sit down and try to write a book, which has always been just a little pipe dream of mine. That was just over two years ago. I opted to write about zombies because they have fascinated me since I was very young (three or four years old). There aren’t enough zombie tales in the world. My goal is to change that.
Who is your favorite character in the The Grace Series?
Hands down, Gus. I modeled him after my husband, but made him older. Gus is pretty sexy, and strong. I think many readers would also pick him as their favorite. He has a touch of bad boy in him, and if you were to ever find yourself being attacked by the dead you’d want a guy like Gus there to help slaughter them. Plus, let’s just hypothetically say I were to fantasize about Gus? I don’t have to feel guilty because he’s sort-of partly my husband. Kind-of.
How long did it take you to write the first book in the series?
I began writing early April of 2012 and finished in about four months, including editing and revising. I published late September of the same year after deciding to do so independently.
If your readers had to choose two words to describe your writing style what do you think they would be and why?
Twisted and gory.
Is zombies your favorite paranormal being and if so what is your favorite Zombie movie and why?
Yes, zombies are my all-time favorite creature of horror. It’s difficult to chose between “Night of the Comet” and “Dawn of the Dead” (the 1978 version). If I have to pick one, though, Dawn of the Dead. It was one of the first zombie flicks I saw, and so made a huge impression upon me. I tend to compare every other zombie movie to it — and most fall short of my expectations. I did enjoy 28 Days Later and the 2004 remake of Dawn as far as newer movies go. Two that make me laugh are Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead (laugh in a good way). Really, I could watch them all over and over and not get bored. But, back to the question. My favorite would be 1978’s Dawn of the Dead.
Who is your favorite author and how have they inspired you?
In all honestly I have two favorites and both inspired me equally but in different ways. Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer. Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) vampire series captivated me (well, up until book 7 or 8). Stephenie Meyer also captivated me with her Twilight Series. I found that she tugged at my emotions in ways I had never experienced while reading. She made me cry, get angry, and laugh. It was an emotional rollercoaster. When I st down to write Grace Lost, both of their styles ran through my head. My biggest dilemma was “how naughty do I make mine?” Ms. Harris’ books contain some exciting scenes that involve removal of clothes. Ms. Meyer’s….don’t. In the end the ‘Charlaine in me’ won out.
How did you find out about OddityReviews.com and are you excited to be a part of our take over?
I actually found out about the site during a multi-author event on Facebook. Excited? Heck yes! I love interacting with readers. Readers rock!
Are you working on any other projects that you would like to share with us?
Sure! I’m currently working on the fifth book of The Grace Series, Praying for Grace. I hope to release it by the end of August. I am also writing two other books. The Planted: year one is a sci-fi horror trilogy that will take place on another planet. Nights will be long, dark, and cold. Horrible things live in the dark… Schiessl House is a haunting tale that I hope will cause many nightmares.
What advice would you give to new authors just starting out?
Write what you enjoy. If you have fun with it, chances are others will too.