My name is Meghan Ciana Doidge. I am a writer. I started out writing screenplays, and more recently I’ve begun writing novels. But, no matter in what form I write, I write love stories. At times these stories are bloody, darkly comedic tales with all odds united against the hero and heroine. Often the plot includes otherworldly elements such as magic or post-apocalyptic landscapes. Some times there are zombies or zombie-like creatures.
In my novel, After The Virus, these creatures, these Infected, are simply another hurdle the heroes must overcome to find their happily ever after, but in my novella, Love Lies Bleeding, the zombies are all together different … in fact without them true love wouldn’t survive.
I believe that love or the lack of love is one of the largest motivating forces for humankind. Bigger even than the quest for financial rewards … not for everyone, but most people I believe would chose love, whether of a life partner or friend or child, over money.
We’d die for love … even kill to preserve it. We starve for love, tear out our hearts in the pursuit of it.
This is what I write about … this is what motivates me; this is how I build my stories.
When I set out to write the story of Love Lies Bleeding, I started with the premise that true love conquers all – something that I had come to personally believe – and, after the first draft, I realized that included conquering and transcending death.
Zombies are humans at their absolute primal worst. The brain activity that exists in this state seeks only one thing: food, and ultimately survival at all costs. It is terrifying to think of being reduced to this state. It is terrifying to think of coming up against such a force, especially en masse as zombies spread their infection and society collapses.
Decapitation or a “head shot” are usually the only ways to combat a zombie horde, according to popular mythology, but I wondered if love, true love, would be powerful enough as well.
I wrote Love Lies Bleeding to explore this question. I took love away from the main character, Pamela. I killed love, and then I threw horrible things and situations at Pamela. I crushed her belief in love until only a spark of that love existed, and still she fought every step of the way. She fought to get back to her love the only way she thought possible: death, and she was right, only it wasn’t the death she’d been seeking that claimed her … it was her love.
So, whether you see zombies as a metaphor or just a scary plot device, I saw them as an obstacle for love to overcome … and that’s how I came to write Love Lies Bleeding, which you will find free today and tomorrow (November 24 and 25, 2012) on Amazon.
If you pick up the novella or any of my other books, I hope you enjoy the read.
Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a bit of a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.
Author of the following novels, After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker (October 2012), The Seer of the Wastelands (December 2012) and novella, Love Lies Bleeding (available now)
Pamela just wants to reunite in the afterlife with her dead fiancé, Grady. Problem is, Grady was a secret agent, and his coded emails have infuriated both his employers and his enemies. They need Pamela alive. So, instead of her planned suicide, she is kidnapped by black ops agents, tortured by mobster warlords, hunted by a psychotic killer, and chased by zombies … all necessary evils in order to ultimately walk into the sunset with her true love. WARNING: Love Lies Bleeding is a darkly comedic, bloody romance about love conquering all, even death. This is NOT a young adult novel. It contains graphic violence, nasty language, and more than a little bit of flesh eating. There are no soft kisses, soulful stares, or moonlit rainstorms.
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Meghan is giving away a copy of Love Lies Bleeding which is free for kindle, Internationally on Amazon on November 24 and 25th, 2012.