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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and more! She is also the co-creator of the podcast "Zach & Rachel Take Over the World."
She was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. She came back home to marry her high school sweetheart and now spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading about other worlds or writing her own.
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The Rachel Higginson Interview
What do you do when you’re not writing about the end of days?
I have four kiddos that I chase around all day. They are a handful. But they do a very good Zombie walk. I also write a couple other paranormal series! The Star-Crossed Series, The Starbright Series and The Siren Series.
Tell us about your latest book?
Title: Love and Decay, Season Three
Brief run down in your own words:
So, Love and Decay is a novella series that follows Reagan Willow and her merry band of Parker brothers through a post-apocalyptic, Zombie-filled world.
Reagan and friends have fought Zombies daily, gone up against the Colony- the super scary human-run regime trying to control what’s left of humanity- and lost friends and enemies.
Now, they’re on the run from Matthias, the leader of the Colony. He wants nothing more than to serve them to Feeders for lunch and get revenge for his dead wife and son. In order to dodge Matthias’s revenge, Reagan and friends have to work their way across the deadly desert of Mexico, fight against armies of Zombies and dodge new threats like Cannibals and Cartel. Reagan is used to fighting to survive. But fighting beside the man she loves but can’t be with might just be the hardest battle yet.
Release date: December 12th, 2014
Anything in particular that you want to say about it? Where did you get the inspiration from? Favourite characters? Tell us something unusual.
Love and Decay has to be one of my most favourite things I have ever written. I had no idea I would love writing about Zombies as much as I do! Or finding so many creative ways to waste them.
The inspiration to write Love and Decay actually came from my husband! One day he said, “You know what you should do? You should write a Zombie series like a TV show and have it come out as novellas.” And I said, “That is the craziest idea I’ve ever heard. Nobody will read that.” Fast forward six months and he’d repeated the idea enough times that he’d forced me to think about it. Basically, he tricked me. Ha! Slowly I built the plot in my head, decided Zach wasn’t so crazy after all and came up with the two week, episodic style. Honestly, it’s kind of an adrenaline rush to write it. I just love it.
I’m not sure if I can pick a favourite character! Gah! That’s like picking a favourite child. And it’s not that I don’t have a favourite kid… it just changes on a daily basis.
Okay, so favourite character? Definitely, Reagan. She’s just so badass. Plus, I love her sarcasm. Then there’re the Parkers. And how do I pick one of those??? Hendrix is definitely up there. He’s all smouldering, moody alpha male. But then there’s Vaughan, my natural leader and laid-back hero. Nelson knows what he wants and goes after it. And then the younger brothers, Harrison and King, who are turning into my favourite mix of hilarious and courageous. I cannot forget Haley, Tyler and the little sister, Page. Oh, and Miller!!! Seriously… this cast is just too great. I love them all.
And no story is anything without a great bad guy! And this one has more than just Zombies. Matthias is terrifying to write. He’s the kind of evil that could really exist and that probably scares me more than anything.
Maybe the award goes to Kane though. So complicated. And broken. And confused. And secretly heroic. He definitely was one of my favourite characters ever to write.
Something unusual? I get really into my stories. Sometimes I can’t eat for hours after writing. I get so grossed out by it! And I have “weapons” that I keep nearby to help conceptualize the action scenes. And by that, I mean fake weapons that I really use just to get hand-positioning right. Like an air-soft gun that doesn’t even work… But I want to make sure that when Reagan holds a gun in a tight situation that it’s actually physically possible. It should be noted that my office is right in front of our picture window. My neighbours have to think I’m completely bonkers.
What are you working on next and when can we expect to get our greedy little mitts on it?
To celebrate Halloween, I wrote a small novel in mash-up style. I plucked a few characters from my other paranormal series and threw them in my Zombie world. So Reagan gets to fight alongside some witches and Greek Sirens in order to stay alive! It’s just for fun! But killing Zombies with handguns was one thing. Killing them using magic is an entirely different beast.
The mash-up is called Magic and Decay. Look for October 27th!
Excerpt: Love and Decay, Season One, Episode One
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