Monday, April 16, 2012

Let Me Frighten You - Rhiannon Frater Guest Post & Giveaway!!


We here at Addicted2Heroines are thrilled to have Rhiannon Frater, author of As the World Dies:  A Zombie Trilogy, to kick off her blog tour for the release of the third and final book in this series, Siege.  Ms. Frater was nice enough to write an excellent post on how she brings the fear factor into her writing.  You can buy Siege in paperback on April 24, 2012.  You don't want to miss this most excellent conclusion to a series that I won't be forgetting anytime soon.  


Keep reading, Addicts, and you will have a chance to enter a giveaway for an autographed copy of Siege or an autographed copy of the Siege cover flat thanks to the lovely and talented Rhiannon Frater.





Let Me Frighten You
by Rhiannon Frater

I am inspired and intrigued by what frightens me. Writing about what I fear compels me to step outside my comfort zone and forces me to confront issues and themes that are not always easy to discuss.  Creating an imaginary world where terrible things happen to fictional characters is an easier (and safer) way to deal with issues we must all face at some time in our lives such as loss of loved ones, overcoming adversity, and evolving in the face of hardship. But it also allows me as a writer to also delve into much more frightening and rare occurrences such as war, natural disasters, and apocalyptic scenarios.

When I sat down to write the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy, I wanted to address the zombie apocalypse in a realistic manner. Though the scenario of the dead wandering the earth and eating the living is highly unrealistic, I wanted the characters of the story to be everyday people who somehow manage to live past the first terrifying days of the plague.  I didn’t want any Rambos or Ripleys in the mix. I wanted people who would resemble me and the reader.

Within each character in AS THE WORLD DIES there is familiarity. The characters are people we know or maybe even aspect of ourselves. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, personality flaws, and issues to overcome.  Because I wanted my characters to be everyday folks, their reactions to their terrible circumstances are grounded in reality.

For example, Jenni is a battered housewife/trophy wife at the beginning of the first book in the trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS.  After the devastating death of her children, Jenni is rescued by Katie. At first she is in shock, but slowly evolves throughout the series into a much stronger (yet not always stable) person. To make Jenni realistic, I drew on the coping mechanisms victims in abusive situations develop. The mind is amazing in its capacity to adapt to dire circumstances in order to ensure survival.  Jenni’s ability to basically cut off her emotions and compartmentalize allows her to survive better than people who have yet to develop these coping skills. Also, Jenni is extremely used to living in a life-threatening situation on a daily basis, so the zombocalypse is not much different in some respects.  Though sometimes readers get mad at Jenni for her immaturity (she was married at 17 and isolated from the world by her husband) and her bizarre actions, she remains one of the most popular, if not the most popular, character in the series.

Oftentimes readers of the series tell me how the characters in the book feel like friends. They worry about them, fear for them, and sometimes mourn them.  I have also been told how readers feel so attached to the world and the characters they feel like they are in the action.  I contribute this to the fact that they characters feel like people we know in our everyday lives, it is easy to slip into the dangerous world of AS THE WORLD DIES with them. 

Though I love superheroes and magical/supernatural characters, in the end they are far removed from me with their abilities.  I know I can’t do the things they can do.  But I can easily imagine myself on a rescue run with Jenni and Katie, clutching a gun, sweating with anxiety, and feeling sick to my stomach with fear.  Somehow this translates to the reader as well.  I’ve heard so many stories of people having to put the book aside so their wildly beating heart could calm down. Honestly, I’ve stopped typing for the same reason.

There is a certain magic that sometimes happens in books that is hard for the author to explain to the reader, but after a lot of thought I do believe the reason why my books can be so terrifying is because the characters are not so far removed from you and me.

So when a zombie is moving relentlessly toward a character in SIEGE, the fast beating of your heart and the tremor of fear flitting through your mind is probably because  you could be character facing uncertain outcome.

Now the question is…do you survive?

To find out who lives or dies, read SIEGE: AS THE WORLD DIES BOOK THREE available April 24, 2012.  










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50 comments:

Christina said...

Not yet, but Giselle talks it up so much that I really want to!

Heather (ShoeGirl) said...

I have started, but just the 1st book, & Lydia's story from Untold Tales. I REALLY want to finish the books, but I love The First Days so much that I don't want to read the other 2 and have them be all done! :/

Richard Auffrey said...

I can't wait for the resolution of this zombie trilogy. I have heard it is very dark, and that is appropriate for a zombie apocalypse.

glass said...

This sounds so good!

Kris Mathewson said...

Yes I have! I am half way through The First Days!! Thank you for the Giveaway!

sienny said...

nope, i'm new to this series. thanks for letting me know this one :)

Lauren Mackesy said...

I have not started reading, but it sound fabulous!
Lauren

Vivien said...

I have read this series....and am addicted!!! I just need this book so bad!!! You have no idea.

Carl said...

No, I'm afraid I haven't. What the heck is wrong with me?
Thanks for the heads-up folks!

Cherry said...

No, I haven't read this series yet but would like to a some point in time :)

Cherry Mischievous

Jen D. (Not Now...I'm Reading!) said...

I have the first two books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I hear they're amazing reads so I wanted to wait until I had the whole set so that I could plow right through them.

Natasha said...

I have not started reading this series yet but I would like to! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kaerah said...

No i have not started this series yet

AprilAlvey said...

No Im Afraid I Have Not Thank For The Heads Up Ill Go Cheak It Out Thanks For This Chance to Win. butterfli262002@yahoo.com

Cassandra (The Book and Movie Dimension blogger) said...

Wow the Seige sound great!

monkeycstars said...

I have not read the series yet, i keep seeing the covers floating around, thinking they are so pretty. I would love to win!
monkeycstars(at)aol(dot)com

Na said...

No, the series is new to me and I would like to try it. It sounds scary and exciting.

Nathalia said...

No, but I would love to! Thanks for the giveaway. :]

Mandi Rizzi said...

I've read the first two books and both The Untold Tales! I am totally hooked. I care about these characters so much. NEED SIEGE NOW!!

Bonnie Regan said...

I'm actually reading an arc of SIEGE right now and I must say it's hands down my favorite of the series. Would love an autographed copy of my very own to add my collection! :D

Julie S said...

I read the first book and loved it!

Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy said...

I haven't read it, but since Jamie says they're awesome and with Cats stamp of approval on zombies that's all I need!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway girlies!! XOXO

Megan said...

No. I've had As the World Dies on order from the library for a month! I'm at the front of the queue, so anytime now!

Book Lady said...

YES! I just finished it and am reading Fighting to Survive now! I loved the first one so hard! :)

Melissa Caldwell

Denise Z said...

I am definitely behind on inventing the wheel here. Until very recently I had not heard of the trilogy, but this tour caught my attention and I am looking forward to the ride. Thank you for participating and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

Jaime @ Twisting the Lens said...

Thanks for a great pick! I haven't started the series yet, but there is no time like the present.

Proserpine said...

Hi! Thanks for this giveaway! No I didn't started it yet, but it sounds really good! I never really read that kind of book, but the blurb is nice and I want to read something different! Thanks for this chance :P

Proserpine @ Proserpine Craving Books

Barbara W. said...

I've read the first and loved it and a crazy, obsessed friend of mine is smacking me to hurry up and read the second. :)

Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile said...

Not yet, but I have the first one ready to go!

bn100 said...

I haven't read it yet, but plan to.

Unknown said...

not yet but i plan to!

catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

Bex said...

Not as yet, but it sounds pretty amazing. ♥ zombie stories, so I'm surprised that I haven't heard of these.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Not yet but I've added it to my wishlist!

Lauren Mackesy said...

I have not started reading it yet but look very forward to it.

Teressa Oliver said...

I have started reading them and they are awesome

Shadow said...

No, i havent read this series. It sounds so good! Im definitely gonna start. Thanks! :)

Rebecca said...

*dies* OMG!!! I have to enter this giveaway. I usually don't because I never win and I get disappointed, but I HAVE to take a chance on this!!

simplyinfatuated said...

I haven't yet, but it's on my to-read list.

Violette said...

I haven't started reading the series yet but I do own the first two books and am dying to start!!! Winning the third one would absolutely complete my set.

Thank you for the giveaway! :)

Chenise Jones said...

Of course I've read the first two books already! I even got my mom hooked on this series! We're both anticipating the release of the final one!

Thanks for the giveaway!

M.A.D. said...

I've read The First Days and am now *dying* lol
to read the rest in the series :D
Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

Lisa Marie @ The Young Adult Connection said...

No, I haven't started reading it yet. I would like to, though!

:).

Stéphanie said...

I just started reading First Days yesterday. Only a few chapters in and I'm already hooked!

Tiffany Mahaffy said...

Not yet but I ordered First Days and hope to get going soon!! This giveaway is super motivation :)

Dynie said...

I am so far behind on my TBR list I could just scream. I just can't read fast enough. There are so many great books out and comming out that I can't keep up. So, as to answer your question, no. Thanks for the giveaway.

luana said...

Unfortunately i haven't had the chance to read any of the books but they sound very interesting for sure i would like to read them

laura thomas said...

I haven't started yet. Thanks for the heads up. I love a series and this one has everything I like. Can't wait to get reading. Happy me!

passant said...

i havent started yet, however if i do own the book i would surly be even more motivated to read it :D

Misty Smith said...

No not yet

c.c said...

No I have not started ready the series yet, I was just introduced to it on the blog and thought it sounded good.

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