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Today’s guest is Stevie Kopas, author of The Breadwinner Trilogy. Billed with the tagline, “The End of the World is Not Glamorous,” this series portrays the struggles of various people as they fight to survive a zombifying virus that has struck the Florida panhandle.
Take ordinary folks like a criminal defense attorney, a high school track star, and a police officer and put them in a setting where they’re surrounded by murderous zombies and who knows what could happen?
When she isn’t busy fighting zombies, Stevie is the Managing Editor of the Horror Metal Sounds website, which you should totally check out if you’re into monsters, metal, rockers, or any combination of the three. She writes for the site as well.
On top of that, she reviews books for The Bookie Monster.
Stevie’s has also written stories for the At Hell’s Gates anthologies. Featuring work by the best zompoc authors around, profits from these collections benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund.
So you know, you could buy it and help heroes at the same time.
Thanks for taking my space phone call, Stevie.
Q. “The End of the World is Not Glamorous.” People often forget that, don’t they? There are so many post-apocalyptic movies and books in which the world has come to an end. While it can be fun to fantasize about a make-believe world, I’m not sure people always appreciate the one we have right now.
Can you give my 3.5 readers a glimpse of some of the things that happen in your series that show just how unglamorous the end of the world would be?
A. I think that’s why I chose that tagline for my series, because the way I’d imagine the end of the world, it would not be a place I’d like to live, no matter how it might “seem.”
In my book, the characters face a lot of loss and the world comes crashing down pretty quickly. You start off in the swing of things, when the virus is first spreading, and not long after that the characters are having to battle the undead at every turn. As the story progresses in books two and three, things only get worse, and it’s not just the zombies that my characters have to deal with either. They have to deal with each other.
Q. Stressful situations can make people act in ways they wouldn’t normally. Case in point, my usually helpful alien buddy is being kind of a jerk and my best friend from high school, who usually would never hurt a fly, is war painting his face and making zombie ear necklaces.
Does the zombie apocalypse in your stories force your characters to do things that would be out of order in regular, polite society?
A. Absolutely. It’s in the synopsis of The Breadwinner, “who you were does not determine who you will become.” These people are forced to do things they’d normally never do, and some of them just completely lose their minds. It’s a zombie jungle out there and nobody was prepared for the end of the world.
Q. Sometimes I think half the reason why everyone loves a good zombie apocalypse tale isn’t necessarily about the zombies themselves but the strategy of it all. How would a person survive if supplies were limited and no one could be trusted?
A. I think the lesson my characters learn is that you can’t hide away and expect things to go back to normal. Even if it seems like people can’t be trusted, sometimes you have to set aside your differences and stick together. That’s the only way you’ll be able to come out on the other side of things alive.
Q. Would it be too much of a spoiler to ask why your series is called, “The Breadwinner?” If not, please educate the 3.5.
A. Well, without giving away spoilers, when you first read book one, it’s quite obvious that ‘The Breadwinner’ is Samson. But if you look a little closer, you’ll come to find out that ‘the breadwinner’ is actually a combination of the characters together. They were all the staple of their groups at one point, and they just don’t work as well by themselves anymore now that the world has ended. It’s all about family, whether it’s your real family or not, nobody wants to be alone, especially not when the zombies show up.
Q. What motivated you to take the stories in your head and put them into a book format that can be enjoyed by everyone?
A. I had the concept and the characters of Samson, Veronica, Moira, and Isaac for a long time. I wrote a short story and it was completely different. There were basically no good guys and it was an ‘everybody for themselves’ scenario. Once the story was fleshed out, I decided that there needed to be a nice balance, so I changed things up, and just kept writing and writing until it was done. I couldn’t stop though, so I wrote two more books.
Q. Thanks for your help. Before I go, do you have any other advice for my friends and I as we brave our way through the East Randomtown Zombie Apocalypse?
A. Step 1: Get to the water.
Step 2: Find a boat.
Step 3: Keep heading west.
(That’s a little inside joke for people who have read the books. But hey, it can probably be applied to most escape and survival plans!)
BQB EDITORIAL NOTE: You might be onto something. The town next to mine is West Randomtown! And it’s currently the safest spot around. I’d better try to get there.