Shana Festa grew up in the small town of Northborough Massachusetts. As an impressionable tike, she shared in her father's love for Horror, and spent most of her childhood hiding under the blankets worrying what nightmarish creature lurked in her closet. She grew up on a healthy diet of classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Return of the Living Dead, American Werewolf in London, Child’s Play and Poltergeist.
Her writing career was born from her long-time addiction to terrifying tales. Under her alter ego, The Bookie Monster, Shana reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis on zombie fiction. Her altruistic beliefs fuse seamlessly with The Bookie Monster's mission to provide readers with honest reviews and to provide authors with a platform to promote their labors of love.
Shana holds a degree in nursing and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and two adorable dogs. In addition to her apocalyptic series, TIME OF DEATH, she is a founding member of AT HELL'S GATES, a horror anthology series dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
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Shana Festa Interview
What do you do when you’re not writing about the end of days?
I am a registered nurse. I made the move from psych to nursing informatics in 2013 and love that I get to use my degree and my love for technology and data. Also in 2013, my alter ego, The Bookie Monster was formed. TBM provides a platform for both the reading and writing communities. We give honest, unbiased opinions of horror and dark fiction titles, and provide authors a platform to share their work.
Author…Blogger…Nurse…and Zombie Lover.
Tell us about your latest book?
Title: Time of Death: Induction
Brief run down in your own words
The zombie apocalypse has never been snarkier! Think Janet Evanovich meets The Walking Dead. (Available Now)
Anything in particular that you want to say about it? Where did you get the inspiration from? Favourite characters? Tell us something unusual.
I am a total dog nut. Anyone that's read Induction will tell you, Daphne steals the spotlight from my main character, Emma. I do indeed have my own Daphne, and I promise…she is written true to life. Many readers enjoy the realism I've injected into my writing. My main character is inspired by my personality and experiences. (Sadly, chapter one, Code Brown, really happened!) And most secondary characters are based of the important people in my life.
What are you working on next and when can we expect to get our greedy little mitts on it?
Asylum, Book Two Synopsis: Available December 9th!
Time Of Death: Induction: Synopsis & Purchase Links
Time Of Death: Induction: Excerpt
Officer Donnelly, according to the name badge located over his left breast pocket, pulled himself together and said, “You need to get somewhere safe. The main parts of town have been overrun with…whatever this is.” He waved his gun hand in the direction of the dead body. “Stay inside, lock your doors and do not open them for anyone. And if you can’t stay hidden, if they get in, get in your car and drive.”
Time Of Death: Asylum: Book 2 (Out December 9th)
At Hell's Gate Anthology
This collaboration is in honor of the brave men and women in our Armed Services who willingly lay down their lives for our freedom. Words could not possibly express our undying gratitude, so we have banded together, doing what we do best, to show our appreciation. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to serve wounded soldiers and their families. This is for you, those who have truly been…At Hell’s Gates.
For more information on this release, future anthologies in the At Hell's Gates series, and how to get involved with the project as an author or editor, visit http://www.athellsgates.com.
For more information on The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/.
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Shana Festa was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 17, 1976 and grew up in Northboro, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and two dogs, Daphne & Casey.
Shana is a registered nurse with clinical experience in mental health, geriatrics, HIV and substance abuse. In addition to her clinical background, Shana possesses over 15 years of experience with project management and data analytics.
She has been heavily involved in the collection and dissemination of the ICD-10 clinical and coding analytics across multiple projects including the NCHICA ICD-10 Pilot, the HIMSS WEDI ICD-10 Pilot and commercial testing programs.
Under her alter ego, The Bookie Monster, Shana reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis on (but not limited to) zombie fiction. With a background in Psych Nursing, Shay brings her unique perspective to the online reading community.
Introducing her own zompoc story to the genre, Shana’s debut novel, Time of Death, is the first in a planned series and is scheduled for release May, 2014.
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Time Of Death Synopsis
When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to escape the monsters?
In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.
And they’re hungry.
Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.
Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.
Time of Death is author Shana Festa's full-length novel debut.
Time Of Death Cover
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Time Of Death Excerpt
Chapter 05: Buried Treasure
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