Man, do I love a good challenge.
If someone tells me, “You can’t do that!” then I immediately want to prove them wrong. Or if someone says, “Hey, that’d be really cool – I wish someone would do that.” I immediately want to be the first to pull it off.
Which is how I found myself writing my first “zombie romance” years ago. (See “Broken Angel: A Zombie Love Story” in the Bump in the Night anthology.)
When you follow interesting people online, say Angela James on Twitter, you can hear some incredible ideas that simply make your head explode. Challenge!
The other day she was talking about zombies, and how much fun it would be to combine them with a Category Romance. She might as well have hooked me up to our overloaded power grid (we’ve set record temps well over 100 degrees three days in a row).
Soooo many zombies began eating my brains it’s not even funny.
I love zombies. I’ve been wanting to write a Presents for years. (I’ve got a notebook started but haven’t been able to get the right unique approach yet.)
Yesterday, I not only plotted my first zombie category romance (ZCR), but I also wrote the synopsis for it. It’s hilarious. It’s wonderful. I think I have a way to write a zombie that isn’t disgusting for a romance — and I explained why my heroine is and must remain a virgin. My hero is a perfect alphahole, but for a reason. However, my heroine is no doormat.
In fact, she tricks him into signing a contract with a clause (that she added) without even reading it. How?
Death by Chocolate Cake.
Mmmmm. Does it every time.
I think while I’m working on revisions for Vicki and Tecun this month, I will be writing ZCR for fun. I don’t want to jinx myself, but this could be one of those stories I write in a few weeks simply because it’s that. much. fun!