Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
I'm Anne Geever and write as A.M. Geever. I'm from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I write post-apocalyptic romance!
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I've always loved to write, ever since I was a kid, and I always wanted to be a writer. At some point I lost my confidence about writing fiction, but still wrote a lot of essays and op-eds. Long story short, about ten years ago I decided I would apply to law school because I couldn't think of what else to do, but I made a deal with myself: if I didn't get into school, I would get serious about writing. Thank goodness, I did not get into law school since I was applying for the worst reason in the world. Finally, I began to write. I was scared stiff, but I started.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I've just finished the second book in the Undead Age series, Damage in an Undead Age, which will be out in May 2020. I’ll also be releasing audiobooks for both book one and two of the series in May. Right now I'm getting started on the third book in the trilogy, Reckoning in an Undead Age. I know what I want the book to be about but outlining this one is really hard!
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
I think the most challenging thing is finding a fresh way to tell a compelling love story. The basics are the same - people who meet, have a connection, and ultimately, find happiness with one another. But telling it in a way that doesn't fall back on cliches and pat formulas is what I find most challenging.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
Oh boy... since I write post-apocalyptic fiction, so many things. Survival techniques, how long supplies like fuel, medicine, and transportation might last. I use maps like crazy to define the settings of my stories and to research routes that my characters will use. I have a stack of maps! Also, weapons, medical conditions, how to shoot and stab my characters (sometimes to kill them, sometimes so they'll survive), treatments for various ailments, how the landscape will change when 99% of humans are gone... if you can think of something about a survival situation, I have probably researched it. I won't be surprised if Homeland Security shows up on my doorstep because of my browser history.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
Don't be afraid to suck! My first draft of Love in an Undead Age was terrible. Terrible! So terrible that I can't believe I let people see it, never mind read it. It's awful. But... I kept writing. I studied the craft of writing - how to structure a story, how to structure a sentence, how to think in terms of moving the story forward, how to develop characters, what are the rules of point of view, how to show instead of tell. I joined a critique group with writers who were better than me and listened to what they had to say - especially when it smarted - because that's the only way to learn! And don't freak yourself out. I didn't know if I could write a whole book, so I told myself I was writing a story until I got comfortable with the idea that yeah, I was writing a book.
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
I hope you'll take the time to check out Love in an Undead Age! Damage in an Undead Age comes out in May, along with audio books for both books!
City, suburb, or small-town?
What’s your favorite type of chocolate?
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel?
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other?
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Leather, lace, or silk?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Is this a trick question? Against the wall!
Biceps, abs, or buns?
None - I'm a sucker for a nice chest and set of shoulders.
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Cats & dogs
Love in an Undead Age
Compared to the secrets of the human heart, killing zombies is a snap.
Urban farmer Miranda Tucci is lucky to be alive in what’s left of California’s Silicon Valley, despite a love life that’s dead on arrival. Then an old flame turns up at nearby Santa Clara University, and she wonders if her DOA love life might have a pulse.
A ruthless governing council controls the cure for the zombie virus. When Miranda joins a plot to steal it, the ghosts of her past collide with the present. Will the vaccine continue to be used for political advantage, or can Miranda survive long enough to usher in a new age of civilization? It's only the fate of humanity that’s suddenly resting on her shoulders. If she can bring her love life back from the dead, how tough can saving the world be?
“A virus, a conspiracy, romance, and zombies. A.M. Geever combines the old standbys to give us a compelling new story you won’t want to put down!”
- SARAH LYONS FLEMING, AUTHOR OF UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD & THE CITY SERIES
"This book packs a bite. Literally."
-AFTER DARK BOOK LOVERS
"Authors love breaking rules but I haven't read a zombie book that has broken this many of them."
Best New Author of a Zombie Novel in 2019, Undead Book Awards
More About A.M.
A.M. Geever lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, birthplace of the modern zombie genre. She credits her love of all things zombie to her older brothers, whose influence in books, music, and film continues to this day, although her tolerance for puns and movies that are "so bad they're good" is a whole lot lower than theirs. She also thinks the best stories are love stories, even if it doesn't necessarily seem so at first glance, so marrying zombies and love just makes sense.
The idea of becoming a zombie because her car runs out of gas gets her to the gas station when she would rather not bother, and she thinks she has a good chance of surviving the Zombie Apocalypse if she can make it the eighth of a mile to Mueller's house--otherwise she's probably toast. Love in an Undead Age is her first novel.