Flip this ZombieHi everyone! When I was asked to take part in the 30 Shades of Zombie event, I was all over that. I mean, zombie fiction? Check, I write that (the Living With the Dead zombie comedy series). Women writers? Uh-huh, I’m one of those, too. So it’s totally right up my alley. And then I was given the topic of the influence of movies on my work and… yup, this was made for me.

I’ve always been a huge movie fan. When we recently moved across country, my husband and I sold off a huge portion of our possessions, including all our furniture and a lot of entertainment items. But we kept our GIANT movie collection that now takes up a big section of our wall around our shiny, new TV. I’m a re-watcher, I love to revisit my favorites, and he can find something redeeming in almost any movie (he says every movie has a ‘moment’ that makes it worthwhile on some level). As a kid, I liked to replay movies in my head, reworking scenes or endings I didn’t like. I guess those ‘retellings’ are an early version of writing my own stories.

Which brings us forward a great many years to 2009. This was the year that a movie called “Zombieland” came out. If you haven’t seen it, it is a HILARIOUS take on the zombie apocalypse. I didn’t go in order to get ideas. At the time, I was only writing historical romance under my other author names. I just wanted to hang out with friends and have a fun evening. I did, but I also left with an idea starting to worm its way into my brain. An idea about a zombie apocalypse, a failing marriage and the use of marital self-help books to fight zombies.

But I didn’t want to write a regular zombie story. First, I wanted it to be funny (hence marital self-help book advice and fighting zombies), but I wanted my characters to actually know something about zombies! A lot of times, it’s like these people have never heard of zombies before their own outbreak. So I watched a LOT of zombie movies while I wrote, trying to get a certain kind of pacing, trying to remind myself of the common questions that deal with zombies (like fast versus slow moving).

For the first time, movies were a really guiding force in how I paced a book. The story read like a book in my mind, so why not?

And that’s why this question is so perfect for me. How influential are movies to me as a writer? When we’re talking about my zombie books the answer is: VERY. And you know what? I think it shows, considering how many readers have said that MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES, FLIP THIS ZOMBIE and EAT SLAY LOVE are all very movie-like in the way they flow. And since I love books that suck me in like a movie, I’m okay with that. In fact, as I work on the fourth and final book in the series, THE ZOMBIE WHISPERER (out in early 2013), I’m playing it as a movie, too.

So my question to you is, do you like books that feel like movies? And what’s your favorite zombie movie?


Jesse Petersen writes not-your-normal paranormal fiction and loves when readers say she made them laugh. She is the author of the Living with the Dead zombie series, which includes Married with Zombies, Flip this Zombie, Eat Slay Love and The Zombie Whisperer (to be released 2013). She’ll also be starting a new monster series in April 2013.

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   Flip this Zombie   

PUBLISHER: Orbit / Simon & Schuster | RELEASE DATE: Jan 2011
BUY IT: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Flip this Zombie (Living with the Dead #2) –The Zombie Apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they’re starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs.

There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers…Except one of them doesn’t want the zombies dead, he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients and this time, Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.


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Jesse is giving away a paperback copy of Flip this Zombie, the second Living With the Dead book.

For entry into the giveaway, please answer the following question then fill out the form below: Do you like books that feel like movies? And what’s your favorite zombie movie?

This giveaway is open to UK & US readers and ends 12:00am GMT 30th November 2012



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Natalia J November 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I do like books that feel like movies and when I read it does feel like that. My favorite Zombie movie is Shawn of the Dead. I love it and can watch it and never get bored.


The Crazy Bookworm November 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Jesse Petersen is just amazing. I absolutely love her writing and loved this post!

I love books that play like a movie in my head. As a movie buff, I can’t help it. I also can’t help but imagine the perfect cast for each character as well. What can I say, I love books AND films!!

My favourite Zombie movie would have to be Zombieland. Like Petersen, I love comedy with my zombies!


erinf1 November 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Didn’t enter b/c I already have and love this series! So glad to hear that there will be a new one :) I like fast pace books that play like movies. Sometimes I’m in a mood for an action adventure book and when I get into a story, that’s the way it plays in my head :) LOVED! Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. Something about funny zombie movies that I love :)


Carol Peace November 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I do like books that read like movies, my favorite zombie movie ‘shaun of the dead’ it has to be.


Nora-Adrienne November 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I hate to say it, but I’m a classic movie buff. My choice would be the original version of “The Night of the Living Dead”.


Mary Ann Woods November 21, 2012 at 1:33 am

I like books that are written to allow you to picture various “scenes” in your mind as you read them. My favorite zombie movie is the classic “Night of the Living Dead.”


Onge November 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

I don’t mind either way. It is hard for me to get a clear movie picture what I am reading no matter the description. My favorite movie is Zombieland. So funny!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!


keith November 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

yeah i like books that feel like movies, im always picturing stuff dont we all though!? fave zombie movie dawn of the dead the modern style one, good gore and funny at the same time good bit of entertainment i`d say! :-)


Penni November 22, 2012 at 12:46 am

I love a book that reads like you are watching a movie! and My favorite zombie movie? Night of the Living Dead


Shirley Johnson November 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Dawn of the Dead


Val swift November 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I like books that read like movies, I love Shaun of the dead


Kelly Nicholson November 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Do you like books that feel like movies? And what’s your favorite zombie movie?

books,dawn of the dead


Annabelle H November 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Yes! Favourite Zombie Movie is Shaun of the Dead as it’s hilarious!


Robert Banning November 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Do you like books that feel like movies?

Most definitely!

And what’s your favorite zombie movie?

Fulci’s ‘Zombi.’


Solange November 24, 2012 at 4:23 am

Yes, 28 Days Later


Irene Menge November 25, 2012 at 1:06 am

I prefer books that read like movies. Somehow it makes them more real. My favorite zombie movie would have to be the original Night of the Living Dead. Not so scary now, but really scary the first time I saw it.


shell November 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Shaun of the Dead. As long as its a good read I do not mind


Peter Gilby November 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

I am actually looking forward to World War Z coming out it looks amazing although a lot different to the book


Joani S November 28, 2012 at 2:21 am

I love it when a book reads like a movie, but it takes a really good book to come across that way. I have to say one of my fav movies is Dawn of the Dead. I also watch Shaun of the Dead quite a bit sometimes I just need the laughs!


Mickie Bull November 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

I really enjoy it when a book reads like a movie.

Favourite zombie film is Shaun Of The Dead


bn100 November 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Don’t mind books that feel like movies. No favorite zombie movie.


Annamarie Riddiford November 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I don’t really like books that feel like movies as I find them not very involving.

My favourite Zombie movie has to be dawn of the dead


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