Welcome to my stop on the Undead Ultra Blog Tour by Camille Picott and hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my interview with the author Camille Picott. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post so don’t miss out on your chance to enter.
Undead: a reanimated corpse with a craving for human flesh.
Ultramarathon: any footrace longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles).
For ultrarunners Kate and Frederico, a typical Saturday morning is spent pounding out a twenty- to thirty-mile “fun run.” It’s during one of their runs that an insidious illness descends upon northern California, turning humans into flesh-shredding zombies.
When Kate receives a desperate call from her son, Carter, she and Frederico flee their hometown and set out to help him. The only problem? Carter attends college over two hundred miles away and the freeways—clogged with car wrecks, zombies, and government blockades—are impassable. Running back roads and railroad tracks becomes their only means of travel, but neither of them has ever run so far before.
As pain, injuries, hunger, and fatigue plague them, getting to Carter and staying alive seem impossible. It’s either outrun the undead or become one of them, and for Kate, death is not an option.
To start I would like to welcome Camille Picott to BrizzleLass Books, Camille is author of Undead Ultra, a zombie novel set in California.
Camille would you like to tell us about Undead Ultra?
I am a running fanatic and a zombie fanatic. UNDEAD ULTRA, a zombie ultrarunning novel, is the culmination of these two passions. For those who don’t know, ultrarunning is a sport that tackles any race longer than the traditional marathon, 26.2 mlies. There is often a lot of running in zombie books, so I thought it would be fun to pit actual runners against the undead.
There are ultrarunning books and zombie books, but as far as I know mine is the first that brings both of these genres together. Ultraunning books tend to be nonfiction. It’s a fascinating subject. I hope to share insights into the sport with readers who wouldn’t normally pick up an ultrarunning book, as well as entertain readers with some undead fun.
What inspired the story?
One thing I really wanted to do is write a genre novel that featured adult characters. I get tired of stories about twenty-somethings with very little life experience. As an almost-forty wife and mother, I feel like characters with similar mid-life experiences are largely underrepresented in genre fiction. In Undead Ultra, Kate is widower in her late-thirties. She got pregnant in college and dropped out as a result. Her son is her life. Frederico is in his early sixties. He’s a recovering alcoholic struggling to connect with an estranged daughter. Both characters have life experiences and life stories that I hope will appeal to adult readers.
Have you ever run an Ultramarathon or would you?
I have! I finished my first 50K (31miles) in February. I have two more 50K races planned for 2016. My goal is to run a 50 miler for my 40th birthday in 2017. One day I plan to tackle a 100-miler, but no immediate plans for that.
How long do you think you would survive in a zombie apocalypse?
I read so many post-apocalypse and zombie novels! You’d think this would set me up to be a survivor in a zombie world, but honestly, I’m probably too ideal and non-aggressive to really make it in a post-apocalyptic world.
What is your writing process?
I usually have a general story arc worked out in my head. I tend to be an organic writer, meaning I don’t work from an outline. I take off in a general direction and figure a lot of things out as I go along. I tend to approach running in the same way. When I tackle a new trail, I have a general idea of the direction I want to go, but there’s a lot of wandering around and exploring that takes place during the process. I have a lot of confidence when my fingers are on the keyboard and my feet on the trail.
Do you listen to a particular playlist while writing?
I usually write with TV on. My husband wields the remote and I peripherally watch whatever he has on. If I’m lucky, he’ll have on a genre show, like Flash or iZombie. If I’m unlucky, he’ll be in a Storage Wars marathon. If I’m really unlucky, it will be a Storage Wars ultramarathon.
Do you have another book in the works and what is it about?
I’m working on the next installment in my YA series, Sulan. It’s a dystopunk (dystopia/cyberpunk) series with some science fantasy thrown in. With luck, book 3 will be out sometime this fall.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Thanks for hosting me on your site! I really appreciate it!
About Camille Picott:
Camille Picott has been writing novels since she was twelve. When she’s not working on a book, spending time with family, or whipping up a new vegetarian meal, you can find her trail running in Sonoma County, California.
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Title: Undead Ultra
Author: Camille Picott
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Publication Date: 7 April 2016
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback | Audio
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