Kylie Scott in the Flesh!
Posted by Anna Campbell Oct 19 2012, 12:03 am
Today I’m delighted to introduce a good friend and very talented writer Kylie Scott who is going to tell us all about her brilliant debut novel FLESH, from Momentum Books, the digital division of Pan MacMillan Australia. The book is available worldwide – here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Flesh-ebook/dp/B0095ELMTA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347513187&sr=1-1&keywords=Flesh+Kylie+Scott
FLESH, described on Kylie’s website as a M/F/M post-apocalyptic erotic romance (hmm, seems we’re not in Kansas anymore, guys!) is selling its little socks off – even if the socks do occasionally contain rotted bits of feet. Yeah, it’s a zombie novel!
Reviews have been pretty nice too. To give you an example, Rosie at Fangtastic Books says, “FLESH is a fast paced thriller, a stunningly sensual feast and a funny, tragic, horrifying emotional journey in a world torn apart. It’s erotic, it’s got zombies, and it’s fun.”
I first encountered Kylie’s wonderful writing when she came to a workshop at my house on writing deep point of view. A critique was part of the training and I was immediately blown away by Kylie’s prose, not to mention her dab hand with a hot scene. These people fleeing the zombie apocalypse sure know how to keep warm! I wasn’t at all surprised when shortly after the workshop, Kylie contacted me to say she’d found a publisher.
Kylie, welcome to the lair! Congratulations on the release of your debut, FLESH. Can you tell us about this story?
Thank you so much for letting me visit, ladies!
FLESH is the story of Ali, Daniel and Finn. Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilisation collapsed eight weeks ago. When the plague struck her neighbours turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs. Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realises that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him.
When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilisation. Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three battle to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.
What were the inspirations behind this book?
I’ve always been fascinated by what life would be like if society went to pot. No more law and order. No more electricity. What on earth would we do without the internet? Scary times indeed. Also, I was keen to try my hand at writing a ménage but I felt I needed a situation where a loving, long-term relationship involving three people was a viable alternative. Creating a deficit of women fit my evil plans to perfection.
As for the Zombies…there’s a very real chance my big brother exposed me to too many B-grade films back in the 80’s. He worked in a video shop and was always bringing home crazy horror and action/adventure movies. Things like EVIL DEAD and Romero’s LIVING DEAD series, plus tons of futuristic titles starring Arnie or Van Damme or the like. It couldn’t have been healthy for an impressionable young mind.
Zombies seem to be a rising force in genre fiction. Any thoughts?
There’s certainly a lot of fans coming out of the closet (or dark, dank underground tombs, as it were). I’m not sure what the popularity of reducing people to slobbering, mindless creatures in pursuit of their next meal says about the collective unconscious. Writing wise, Zombies make a great threat. They’re always lurking out there, waiting for you to mess up so they can snack on your innards. They lack the grace and glamour of vampires, and they’re not as cool and sexy as werewolves. Zombies are grittier and nastier. They’re walking death and decay in all its gory glory. Maybe they’re a testament to our will to survive and to have hope for a better future. Or maybe it’s just time for body bits to start dropping off…
We love call stories in the lair. Can you give us yours?
Aah, Momentum. I love them so. I’d already had one offer and was still waiting on a response from New York when I decided to submit to them. Their energy and originality when it came to engaging with their audience on Twitter and FaceBook really appealed to me. I submitted as part of their regular Momentum Monday and the next morning Anne Treasure asked for the full. A week later Joel Naoum offered me a contract. It was hugely exciting. Their enthusiasm for my story was wonderful. It was wildly exciting.
What’s next for you?
I have a short story coming out 1st November also with Momentum. It’s called ROOM WITH A VIEW and is set in the same Post-Zombie-Apocalypse world as FLESH but features different characters. The story is part of the HOT DOWN UNDER short story series. 14 Australian romance writers publishing erotic short stories with Australia’s first ever digital imprint. How neat is that?
Very neat! Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write about what you love. Be brave!
Great advice. Do you have a question for the Bandits and Bandita Buddies to get conversation going?
My Post-Zombie-Apocalypse plan involves boarding up the house and hunkering down with the collected works of Jane Austen and tins of home brand spaghetti until everything calms down. Got a plan? Share it with me in the comments for a chance to win a copy of FLESH…
You heard it hear first, folks! Comment today to be in the draw for a digital copy of FLESH! Good luck!
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