One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked concerning writing is ‘Where do you get your ideas’? Honestly, the ideas usually just pop into my head at random moments. I’ve gotten some of my best ideas when I’m driving alone. I remember pulling my car over into a parking lot to write down an idea. I keep paper and pens in the car.
As far as how I come up with my characters, most of them in the Zombie series are totally fictional. I have, however, incorporated traits from friends and family into some of my minor characters, especially in The Zombie Nightmare, which will be out later this year. Coming up with names for characters usually stumps me. I’ll run through baby lists and bounce my favorite names off my kids for a thumbs up or down.
Although I don’t have ‘Playlists’ of songs that inspire me to write, I do like to listen to music when I write. I listen to all types, but country is my number one (yes, even when country wasn’t cool), followed by rock and Motown. Some of my favorites include Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, The Eagles, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Sugarland, Nickelback, Elvis, and Smokey Robinson.
While I’m on the subject of favorites, I like action-adventure movies, comedies, westerns and mysteries. I’ll go to horror movies, but most of the time, they make me laugh because they can get ridiculous. One of my favorite movies is Pirates of the Caribbean. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, cake is German Chocolate, color is green, and animal is the wolf.
The Zombie Next Door
The Troubled Souls of Goldie Rich
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Date of Publication: February 1, 2014
Number of pages: 102 pages
Word Count: 32,421
Cover Artist: Tony Bryson
Available at Amazon
For the sleepy, seaside town of Vivian, life is usually just another day at the beach until a rash of bizarre robberies occur with one thing in common—the DNA lifted from the crime scene belongs to a dead man. Fourteen-year-old Goldie Rich is hardly concerned about that. She has enough problems dealing with her annoying guardian for the summer, older sister Gema.
Goldie’s problems escalate when she finds a pendant necklace washed up on the beach. The pendant contains the souls of zombies created by an evil sorcerer. Goldie must wear the necklace until she frees the souls, but to accomplish this, she has to confront the zombies face to face.
Goldie seeks help from her best friend, eccentric and free-spirited Rita. Although the pair’s zombie hunting exploits get them into huge trouble, they uncover the truth about the town’s robberies and how the secrets of Goldie’s past will define her future.
About the Author
After working an assortment of jobs which include a computer programmer, marketing director, and substitute teacher, T.W. Kirchner decided to concentrate on her second loves, writing and art. Her first loves are her husband, two children, and furry menagerie known as the Kirchner Zoo. Other published books by T.W. Kirchner include Pirates Off the Deep End and Pirates Off the Wall.
Publisher Author Page: http://shortontimebooks.com/?page_id=231
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