Tori: What is your heroine’s biggest fear?
Carrie: Kate’s a huge perfectionist and is really REALLY hard on herself. When everyone expects the world from you, you feel a little obligated to deliver it. I think this helps to explain why she feels so compelled to solve the zombie problem—especially after she learns that it’s at least partially her fault. So the concept of failure gets her quaking in her boots almost as much as the distinct possibility that a zombie might soon be EATING her boots.
Tori: What is her least favorite music genre and why?
Carrie: Kate’s not hugely into music. Her best friend Rocky is a singer and always sends her music of all kinds—chamber orchestras follow glam metal, which in turn follow top 50 pop. Kate always skips the screamy songs, although she’d never admit it to Rocky because it would hurt her feelings. But that stuff gives her a headache.
Tori: What is your heroine’s worst habit?
Carrie: She’d say that her worst habit is biting her lip, which she does when she’s nervous or thinking hard. But I think she’s way too hard on herself. She’s also very good at denying what’s right in front of her if it doesn’t fit in with what she knows logically. She could (and does) get her lip bitten off by a zombie and still is in total denial about what’s going on. I’d probably be more like her brother Jonah; I’d be running around screaming things like, “It’s ZOMBIES! That’s so COOL!”
Tori: Do you have a song list for your books? If so, could you list a few songs?
Carrie: I can’t listen to music when I’m writing! I like to sing, even though I’m horrible at it, so I end up singing and dancing around like an idiot. And it’s very tough to type when you’re doing that. But I do have some songs that I listened to when I was editing. Some of my favorites are “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine, “Shut Up and Let Me Go” by The Ting Tings, and “Balrog Boogie” by the Diablo Swing Orchestra.
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