Author Interview with Thea Isis Gregory

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Author Interviews | 1 comment

It is with great pleasure that I host a lovely lady I had the privilege to meet on twitter. She specializes in zombies, but don’t let that scare you. The first in her series of Zombie Bedtime Stories is called Locked In.

Here’s the blurb:

Haley is enjoying her new job as a paramedic on a beautiful summer’s day. Not even her dour and sullen partner, Frank, can deflate her enthusiasm for life. Responding to a routine call near her former high school, she is excited to see her old hang-out spot, the park. On arrival, something is clearly wrong, and Haley is attacked by one of her old friends.

Soon, she begins to experience disturbing changes in her personality and food preferences, until she wakes up a zombie.

Her consciousness is suspended in a body that she can’t control, and she needs to find a way to escape.


1. What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)

2. Tell me something about your book that I can’t find in the blurb.
The story has a lot of dark humor. While it’s not the intent of the story to cause laughter, many people find the story has shades of Zombieland-like humor.

3. In one word, describe your main character. (You can expand afterwards, but limit your initial response to one word.)
Naive. In a lot of ways, Haley’s over eagerness to help is what causes her whole predicament.

4. Where does your book take place? Tell me about why you picked that location.
The book takes place in a presently unnamed and fictional US/Canadian city, and the year is 2035. The city itself doesn’t matter, as the events could happen anywhere. In the second story (Locked Out) it is revealed that it’s a state/provincial capital city, and in the third story (Deadlocked) I expand the city and will eventually leave it behind after part six.
In many ways, the city itself is a character with the way the characters interact and react to its changes, deterioration and eventual loss to the zombies.

5. Tell me about your favorite character that you’ve written.
I’d say my favorite character is Frank, Haley’s partner from Locked In. He comes back in part three, and Deadlocked focuses on his efforts to save Haley and to get out of the city alive. He’s a very complicated character, and wants to do the right thing in defiance of how desperately he wants the people in his life to perceive him as uncaring and apathetic.

6. What’s your favorite verb?
Burning. It’s so multipurpose and I like fire.

7. What’s the last book you read?
This Brilliant Darkness, by Red Tash

8. Who was your favorite fictional character as a child?
I was a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan as a kid, and at the time I loved Leonardo because he had two swords and wore blue. It’s deep, I know.

9. Tell me about an event that contributed to your decision to become a writer.
I was a reviewer for an unremarkable e-zine. The editor hated me and she always gave me the “worst” movies to review. But, I was the only one who would even touch theatre or concerts, so it wasn’t all a waste.

I was sent to the worst movie I have ever had to sit through, a romance called “Last Night.” It was irredeemable, had errors where the scenes cut and was insipid. I had a small cache of story ideas of my own by that time, and it just clicked that I did have something to contribute and that my self-doubt was holding me back.

10. What would you tell past you, if you could send a letter back in time?
Believe in yourself. The best is yet to come.

Follow Thea on her Blog or on Twitter.

One Comment

  1. “Believe in yourself. The best is yet to come.”

    Sound advice if ever there was any. Great interview!


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