Up close and personal with Zombie Queen, Amanda Ashby


I’ve had some sneaking suspicions about a friend of mine for a while now. There’s something she’s not telling me and she finally consented to be interrogated  — uh, I mean, interviewed this week. And as she’s promised to be completely candid, who knows what might be revealed in the course of this interview!

So please welcome the lovely and talented Amanda Ashby.

Amanda’s latest release is Zombie Queen of Newbury High, which is supposed to be fiction but I’m not so sure. I mean, how can she possibly know so much about zombies?


Mmmm. Well there’s only one way to discover the truth and that’s come straight out and ask!

Amanda, are you a zombie?

I could tell you but then I would have to kill you (and by kill, I mean devour you limb by blood-soaked limb).

zombie-queen-book-cover-medTell us about your newest release, Zombie Queen of Newbury High.

Zombie Queen of Newbury High is what happens when Mia Everett tries to stop her prom date from dumping her by doing a love spell but instead she (accidentally) turns the entire senior year into zombies and then has to work with a pain in the butt zombie hunter to help find a cure before she gets eaten. I like to think of it as a cautionary tale with a few zombies thrown in for good measure!!!!

What’s the one most important thing you can do to make sure you don’t become a zombie?

Well according to the movies, if you’re not the hero then it’s a given that you’re zombie bait so I suggest that whenever there is a zombie outbreak near you, that you start acting all action star. Of course the downside to this is that you need to do dumb things like climb through air vents and hang off cliffs. Then again, you did ask…

What’s your favorite movie?

Favorite normal movie is Princess Bride
Favorite zombie movie is Shaun of the Dead

How can you tell if your boyfriend is a zombie?

If they eat too much meat, if they forget to shower and if they wear ripped clothes. Oh, wait, I’ve just described every male in existence, which means it’s virtually impossible to tell!!!!

If you could be any other paranormal creature in the world other than a zombie, what would you be? And why?

My daughter would kill me if I didn’t say dragon (though I haven’t told her that in my next book dragons aren’t exactly the good guys!). However, I do tend to share her dragon fascination, plus not only do they get to fly but they apparently liked gold as well, so I’m already half way there!

If you were a zombie, where would you shop for clothes?

I would shop wherever I wanted – such is the power of being a zombie since everyone runs away from you, which obviously means free clothes. Of course the fact that I would have limited mobility would mean that I couldn’t do up buttons or zips, which could be annoying so perhaps I’d better get some zombie stylists to help me get dressed!

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Michelle Rowen, Megan Crane, Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Raymond E Feist, Jonathan Stroud, PC Cast and Kristin Cast, Jill Mansell, Janet Evanovich, Nalini Singh and of course my fellow zombie buddies – Mark Henry, SG Browne, Stacey Jay and Carrie Ryan. If you haven’t read their zombie books then you must correct this immediately. Don’t make me come and eat you…

If you were a zombie, what kind of take-out would you prefer?

McDonalds – nothing like a good finger burger and fries (though btw, the whole brain thing is a total myth. It gives you indigestion like you wouldn’t believe).

What are you working on right now?

I’ve just finished a mid grade proposal for my agent and now I’m working about five different ideas while I wait for the revisions on my next book from my editor.

Anything else you’d like to confess?

I fear I’ve said too much already!

;-) Amanda

Zombie Queen of Newbury High (March 2009) 5 stars teensreadtoo
You Had Me at Halo (out now) 4 1/2 star Romantic Times TOP PICK

So, is she a zombie? I’m still undecided. On Amanda’s blog she claims she likes to watch TV, eat chocolate, and sit around doing nothing much. I mean, she sounds normal and she’s just too darn cute to really be a zombie, right? And she doesn’t strike me as the type to enjoy blood sports – despite the whole “devour me limb by blood-soaked limb” comment.

But I could be wrong!

So get your hands on a copy of Zombie Queen of Newbury High and decide for yourself!



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12 Responses to “Up close and personal with Zombie Queen, Amanda Ashby”

  1. Sara Hantz says:

    Great interview….. very funny!

  2. Ellie Walker says:

    A great interview Maree and interesting answers Amanda.
    As you still look very normal with no loose skin or blood stained lips or dribbles, guess the zombies haven’t got you yet

  3. Joanne says:

    Great interview, Maree! Still can’t get over great your site is. Do you do the updates yourself?

    • Maree says:

      Yep, I sure do post the updates myself. A combo of the way Rob has set this all up and the latest WordPress version makes it easy as to post stuff now!

  4. Oh my. This just flew to the top of my–er, daughter’s, yeah, that’s it—TBR list. What a fun idea, and an entertaining interview!

    • Maree says:

      Glad you liked the interview, Liane. Mind you, given the subject matter and Amanda’s fantastic sense of humor, it wasn’t too difficult to throw together a fun and (hopefully!) informative interview.

      BTW, I’m sure your “daughter” will looooove Amanda’s book!

  5. Amanda Ashby says:

    Thanks Maree – and I’m happy that I didn’t have to kill and eat you. It’s never nice devouring friends!!!!! And now I’m off to try and push my inner-zombie a bit further below the surface so I can go to the store without scaring anyone!!!!

    • Maree says:

      Phew! Looks like Amanda liked my interview so I’m unlikely to become her next meal *mops sweat from her brow* Which is just as well as I’d be bound to give her a shocking case of indigestion.

  6. Rowena says:

    Hi Maree

    Cool interview with Amanda. Love the website too. Maybe Rob could become a web designer for romance writers as a sideline?