The MuseItUp MG/YA Blog-a-thon is heating up. Great authors. Fun books. Prizes. Lots of stuff for all those reading tastes. Today, I visit with Pembroke Sinclair. Pembroke has had several stories published in various places.  She writes an eclectic mix of stories ranging from western to science fiction to fantasy.  Her stories have been published in various places, including Static Movement, chuckhawks.com, The Cynic Online Magazine, Sonar 4 Publications, Golden Visions Magazine, and Residential Aliens.  Her first novel, Coming from Nowhere, is now available at eTreasures Publishing and Amazon.com.  Her story, Sohei, was named one of the Best Stories of 2008 by The Cynic Online Magazine.  If you would like to contact Pembroke, she can be reached at pembrokesinclair@hotmail.com or pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com.

Pembroke’s book of the day… Life After the Undead

The world has come to an end.  It doesn’t go out with a bang, or even a whimper.  It goes out in an orgy of blood and the dead rising from their graves to feast on living flesh.  As democracy crumples and the world melts into anarchy, five families in the U.S. rise to protect the survivors.  The undead hate a humid environment, so they are migrating westward to escape its deteriorating effects.  The survivors are constructing a wall in North Platte to keep the zombie threat to the west, while tyranny rules among the humans to the east.  Capable but naïve Krista is 15 when the first attacks occur, and she loses her family and barely escapes with her life.  She makes her way to the wall and begins a new life.  But, as the undead threat grows and dictators brainwash those she cares about, Krista must fight not only to survive but also to defend everything she holds dear—her country, her freedom, and ultimately those she loves.

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Hi Pembroke. Tell your readers something interesting about yourself AND/OR your favorite character.

Pembroke is not my real name.  I am a huge sci fi/fantasy geek, and I have 5 tattoos.  One of them is an alien (from the Sigourney Weaver movies), one is a predator (from the Arnold movie), one is a girl who hunts with predators and kills aliens, one is a facehugger, and one is an angel rat.

Quite interesting. I can picture you at the Sci-fi conventions. J What was your favorite book as a teen? Tell us about it and how it affected you as a person.

I didn’t have one specific book I liked, but an author.  I LOVED Christopher Pike books when I was growing up.  I read all of them.  I kind of got into R.L. Stine, but not as much.

My son was a major lover of R.L. Stine. I swear he owned every book in the series. Now, tell us about the genre you have chosen to write for. Why do write specifically for them?

I don’t really write a specific genre.  I like to write whatever mood takes me.  However, despite that, I seem to be focusing on horror right now.  I’ve had several zombie stories published and plan on doing a few more.  I also had a paranormal story accepted into an anthology, and a vampire story picked up by MuseItUp that will be out by the end of the year.

I write those genres because they interest me.  They are fun, and it gives me chance to explore things that scare me.  Although, it takes quite a bit to make me jump!

So, tell us about your new book. How did it come about and share your favorite excerpt/scene.

The book was originally a dream I had.  It started out as a short story, then evolved into a novel.  The original idea was for it to be an adult novel, but an agent suggested I make it YA.  The rest is history!

I have several scenes that I really enjoy, most of them involve encounters with zombies. 

How has writing affected your life? And what’s your favorite part of being a writer?

Writing is more than a hobby, it’s a passion and impulse.  If I don’t write, I feel empty, and, according to my spouse, I get really grumpy.  It’s a way to release stress and escape.  My favorite part about being a writer is when other people read my work.  They don’t have to like it, but at least I can share with others.

What advice can you give regarding the writing process?

Never give up and try to keep a schedule.  It is so easy to say, “I’m tired” or “I don’t have time,” and then you never accomplish what you want to accomplish.  Sometimes the scariest thing is staring at a blank computer screen, wondering what in the world you’re going to type, but don’t let that intimidate you.  Put something down, you can always revise later.  You’ll never regret trying.

Regarding publication and marketing, what advice can you offer aspiring writers?

Again, never give up.  Publishers and agents will say no, it’s part of the game.  I received a ton of rejections for all of my writing, including my short stories and novels.  But it only takes one yes to make all those nos disappear.  Again, you’ll never regret trying.

Inquiring minds will want to know…How can your fans find, follow or friend you?

I have a Facebook page and a blog (
http://pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com).  I also have a Goodreads page, but I’m hardly ever on there.  I don’t have time!

Thanks for joining me today Pembroke. It’s been fun to have you on my blog.

C.K. Volnek