Today I'm pleased to introduce a real-life hero: nurse of fifteen years J. Rudolph! She is also a prolific author of such horror titles as THE REANIMATES series and contributed to the AT HELL'S GATES charity anthologies. Rather than chew your ear off with more introduction, let's jump right into her bio and then check out her interview.
About J. Rudolph:
J. Rudolph is the author of the zombie series THE REANIMATES, and the young adult paranormal mystery, HADLEY'S HAUNTING. Born in 1977, she resides in Southern California with her husband, son, two turtles (who she claims own all rights to her house and allow the people to live there, since only they can open the food jars) and her maniacal bird (who seems to have developed a taste for flesh in its lifetime). As a nurse with over fifteen years of experience, she often incorporates an element of medical training in her stories, offering authenticity to her medically-minded characters. She also offers authenticity to her zombie series--she calls herself a living dead girl ever since her spinal reconstruction in 2014.
You can find her on her website, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter.
You should pick up copies of Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3 of her REANIMATES series.
SK: What are your horror bona fides?
JR: I started off in the nursing field in 2000 where there were many horror and several supernatural stories all around. THE COMPLEX, my first full length novel was published in 2012 as self pubbed and over the next two years, I released two more books in the zombie series, completing THE REANIMATES and added a YA paranormal mystery, HADLEY'S HAUNTING to the group. In 2014 I signed with Winlock Press, an imprint of Permuted Press. In 2015 the zombie series was rereleased under the Winlock label and in 2016 HADLEY will be available.
SK: Who or what terrifies you?
JR: It's a running joke in the medical field that we can handle blood and germs and death, but lice and bed bugs send us screaming for the hills. This is true for me too. Little parasitic creepy crawly things takes that fear level to a 10. Oh, and moths. Moths make me look like a crazy person freaking out.
SK: Are there unique challenges to being a woman in horror or do you feel like gender is irrelevant?
JR: In 2012, which interestingly enough was only 4 years ago, there were more challenges than now. When I started working on the first book? It was assumed that I was writing a love story. This idea didn't go away when I explained that it was a zombie story because 98% of the time it was still going to be a romance; something like WARM BODIES was; or at least two young lovers that were separated by cruel fates. Nowadays I say horror and they don't ask if it's just a dark romance; well, not right away, anyways!
SK: Who are your favorite female horror icons?
JR: There are several female artists that I admire. In the writing circuit Mira Grant, Jacqueline Druga, and Crystal Connor are beyond awesome.
SK: What are you working on/promoting currently? Why should folks check it out?
JR: Recently I started working on a new zombie trilogy, am in the process of rewrites with a medical apocalypse story, and there a few other plot bunnies that been going at it.
As for the why? I write the stories about the everyday people. There may be an ultra elite fix-it squad running around my character's world, but my characters never met them and life had to continue. While rescue would be nice and they would rather have something normal, they aren't going to sit around and wait for it.
About THE COMPLEX:
Nothing stays the way we want it to. A virus that went awry and a plague of zombies made sure of that.
Cali Anglin learned the hard way. Before, her life was simple. She was a mom, a wife, and a nurse. Now she is in a fight of her life to save her family, her neighbors, and herself.
How do you survive the zombie apocalypse with your humanity intact?