Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Column, is Beverly Williams, author of the recently released zombie thriller, SURVIVAL KIT’S APCOLYPSE, which hit Amazon on July 7, 2017!

In the comments, please join us in asking Beverly Williams anything you’d like to know about writing, her new book, and life in Bangor, Maine. Or you know, just throw something completely random at her to keep her on her toes!

Who are you and where do you call home right now?
Beverly Williams. I live just outside Bangor, Maine.

Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
Survival Kit’s Apocalypse is my first book (I’m working on two others in the series). I found that trying too hard to follow a plan/outline always made the story suffer. Allowing my brain to be disorganized led to fulfilling writing. I didn’t set out to write a book. I was away from home one day, and in a bad mood. I sat down and started writing as a means of focusing my energy. I was able to get lost in the story, and that kept me from being grouchy. I love the characters; it makes me happy when they surprise me.

What are a few of your hobbies?
I like to sew, cook, write, and compete with my husband for the title of “funniest.”

If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Something easy, simple, vegetarian, & delicious. Can’t decide on a food off the top of my head. Drinks, though! I’d have icy cold lemonade and brewed iced tea, with flavored syrups available.

What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
Viewing from a reader’s perspective. Not nitpicking so much. Punctuation.

What TV series are you into right now and why?
QI. Stephen Fry and his guests are funny and clever. Also, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. That’s the show that keeps me informed during this political nightmare.

What movie do you quote the most?
Serenity?

What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
Rocks/minerals/tchotchkes. My favorite tchotchke is a brass satyr-head inkwell my husband bought me at a junk shop. We put African porcupine quills in its pen holders. The item had been reduced in price, and the proprietor of the store offered to discount it further if we paid cash. We had enough money, so we got the inkwell—and the lady who sold it to us immediately paid the electric bill to keep the power on.

What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
That depends on too many factors.

What do you like to do on vacation?
Be antisocial.

Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
I write wherever my mind takes me at the time. Currently, I’m sticking with Kit & friends, but it seems book 2 (the working title is Survival Kit: Darker Days) heads in a scary, new direction.

What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
Tissues and tweezers.

If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
Cooers. “If you’ve got to be in a hurry, at least be melodic about it.” Unfortunately, Cooers takes after his author-owner, possessing only two gears: low and lower.

Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
Rapid Cycler by Peyton Pinkerton (you might know him from New Radiant Storm King, the Pernice Brothers, and the Silver Jews). His self-titled solo debut, from 2013, was an amazing album, and Rapid Cycler continues on the path of no-frills, energetic, guitar-based indie-rock.

About Survival Kit’s Apocalypse

Kit, a depressed but stubbornly vital twentysomething, travels aimlessly during a zombie apocalypse: hiding from marauders, joining and deserting small groups, enduring irritations ranging from the zombies (or “rotters”) themselves to roving fundamentalists. Kit is a survivor not only of this plague, but of a series of horrific programs her stepfather hosted, wherein the audience would bid for the opportunity to publicly torture the presented children. Kit discarded her birth name once society crumbled and has been trying on new ones since, much as she’s been restlessly wandering, seeking an environment in which she fits.

Upon saving a woman and her children from rotters, Kit is invited to stay at a camp which seems ideal. Though she initially continues to feel isolated, Eric, a kindhearted bruiser, honors her with the name “Kit,” introducing her to feelings of friendship she’d never previously experienced. After Kit rescues Eric from a rooftop where a rotter swarm has him trapped, she is warmly embraced by his brothers, Thom and Matthew.

The brothers grew up near Kit’s hometown and also suffered beneath an appallingly abusive father. This similarity of experience lets Kit feel comfortable starting to open up to, bond with, and enjoy spending time with them. Eric especially is determined to pull Kit out of her shell, and she begins to entrust him with her secrets, learning how to love, be loved, and trust someone other than herself. Ironically, it’s only when she is surrounded by the undead that Kit truly learns to live.

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