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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Interview with Lynn Messina!!

Lynn Messina is author of several titles, to name just a few; Fashionistas, The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies, Tallulahland, and Savvy Girl.

Holly: Hello Lynn! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in New York with my husband and sons, in an apartment far too small for four people, but we’re near everything, so we love it. I freelance copyedit for magazines two weeks a month, which leaves me two weeks a month to write. Plus, there’s always downtime at the magazines, so I get to write on the clock too. When I’m not writing or child rearing, I like to read and watch TV

Holly: Do you remember how you first started writing?

I do remember because it was one of those moments that was like bam! I had just read a book about a girl who invented a video game, sold it for $40,000 and convinced her parents to let her build her own house in the backyard. She was the same age as me—fifteen—and the plot just seemed so silly, I thought, “Well, I could do better than that.” So I tried. I’m not sure I succeeded. It kills me that I can’t remember the name of the book or the author because I would love to read it again.

Holly: Can you tell us a little about your novel, The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies?

A zombie apocalypse has turned the vast majority of men into zombies. Women are immune. Twenty years into the plague, straight women are dating zombies, and Hattie Cross, a zombie-dating expert, publishes a zombie-dating how-to to help other women figure it out. The book catches the attention of the CEO of the world’s larges zombie pharmaceutical company, and Hattie is invited to do a profile. Comedy and mayhem ensue. It’s zombie chick lit.

Holly: What was your inspiration for this novel?

I was on an Internet talk show promoting Little Vampire Women, and we started the inevitable debate of vampires verses zombies. I was emphatically on Team Vampire because zombie have no learning curve so I couldn’t imagine how they could be anything other than mindless, blobby, brain-eating monster things. But as soon as I thought that, I began trying to figure out how to make them more than mindless, blobby, brain-eating monster things. And, well, from there, it was just a matter of coming up with the most outrageous premise possible.

Holly: Which came first for, the plot, setting or the character(s)?

The first thing I came up with was a commercial from the company in the book that makes zombie-behavior-modification drugs. I heard a woman saying in a soft voiceover like in a Paxil commercial, “Ladies, are you tired of dating zombies?” So I wrote that first and put it at the beginning of the book. It eventually moved to the middle and ultimately became the trailer: But that was the first thing I wrote.

Holly: Do you have any plans for more books in 2012?

I do. Diversion Books is putting out Bleak in June. It’s a modern retelling of Dickens’s Bleak House, in which the generations-long court case that ruins almost every life it touches has been replaced by a movie option that never gets made. It’s funny and sweet and I’m really excited for it.

Holly: Where can we purchase The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies?

It’s an Amazon and BN.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

If you like a good laugh, please check out the Girls’ Guide. It’s very funny. (A recent review promised readers that they will guffaw. I love any review that used the word guffaw.)

Holly: Who is your favorite author(s)?

Some favorite people who write: Jennifer Saunders, Tom Stoppard, Kate Atkinson, Dawn Powell, Elizabeth Peters.

The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies by Lynn Messina

Published by Potatoworks Press
Action/Adventure, Comedy, Mystery/Thriller, Romance

"Hattie Cross knows what you're thinking: Zombie sex? Ewwwww. But she also knows that since a virus turned 99.9999 percent of human males into zombies, it's statistically impossible to meet--let alone date--the remaining 0.00001 percent. So she writes "The GirlsGuide to Dating Zombies" to help her fellow single women navigate the zombie-relationship waters.

Her practical how-to impresses the CEO of the largest drug company in the world, and before she knows it, Hattie, a reporter for a downmarket tabloid that specializes in conspiracy theories, is sitting down with the woman who single-handedly invented the zombie-behavioral-modification market. Granted access to the inner sanctum of zombaceuticals, she meets an actual, living, breathing M-A-N.

Now Hattie, the consummate professional, is acting like a single girl at the end of the twentieth century: self-conscious, klutzy and unable to form a coherent sentence without babbling. Worst of all, the human male appears to have impaired her ability to think clearly. Because all of a sudden she's convinced a conspiracy is afoot at the drug company and it seems to go all the way to the top!"



Why Date a Zombie?

IF YOU’VE BOUGHT this book, then you’re either dating a zombie or thinking about dating a zombie. You know that in this postblight world, your chances of getting hijacked by a terrorist, being staked to a bamboo pole in the Heilongjiang Province of Inner Mongolia and having your spleen eaten by a saber-tooth tiger are eight times greater than meeting one of the estimated 344,923 men left on the planet.

You’re a practical young woman who isn’t willing to waste her time on impossible fantasies sold to her by the Hollywood dream machine.            

Welcome to the rest of your life.           

Naturally, as sensible as you are, part of you can’t help but wonder if dating a zombie is settling. Can’t a woman like you—smart, funny, attractive, kind—do better than an animated clump of rotting flesh that lives only to consume brains?

No, you can’t.  

With 99.9999 percent of the male population transformed into zombies, all that are left are animated clumps of rotting flesh that live only to consume brains.

But you don’t have to be a glass-half-empty girl. Your cup runneth over. You just have to be able to see it.           

And that’s why you’re reading The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies. This book will help you understand and navigate the challenges and rewards of the zombie-dating lifestyle. You’ll learn how to…

·   Meet zombies. Discover where they hang out and who they hang out with. The best zombie hotspots are just around the corner!
·   Talk to zombies. Chatting with the reliving is easier than you’ve ever imagined! All you need to know are a few key phrases and you and a zombie can have hours of deep, meaningful conversation.
·   Dance with zombies. They might not have brains but boy, do they have rhythm. Master the step-drag-step of their beloved merengue and dance the night away with the zombie of your dreams.
·   Make love with zombies. Physical contact doesn’t have to be icky or gross. With the right accessories and hygiene products, the fetid flesh of a zombie can smell as lovely as a garden rose.
·   Cohabitate with zombies. Zombieproofing your home has never been so easy! A few simple changes will make your living room a safe environment for any zombie, however oblivious to fire, sharp corners and the precious Ming vase your grandmother left you.
·   Medicate zombies. Medication is domestication. All a zombie needs to be a productive member of society is the right dosage. The chart in chapter 21 makes it easy for you to figure out which pills your zombie needs and when.

Remember, at the heart of every relationship is companionship, and this is what zombies provide—in spades.         
Zombies are steady.
Zombies are reliable.
Zombies are here.

Plus, they love to go shoe shopping (more about that later!).

I’m not saying that zombies are better than men. Perish the thought! But men are gone and now we women have to do what we’ve done since time immemorial: Make the best of what we have.       

And it’s a pretty darn good best!

Trust me, I know. I’ve been having satisfying zombie relationships for over six years and with the help of this book, you will too. Turn the page to get started right now.

Lynn Messina grew up on Long Island and studied English at Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked at the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media), TV Guide, In Style, Rolling Stone, Fitness, ForbesLife, Self, Bloomberg Markets and a host of wonderful magazines that have long since disappeared. She mourns the death of print journalism in New York City, where she lives with her husband and sons. She is author of six novels, including the best-selling Fashionistas, which has been translated into 15 languages.


  1. Sounds like a very funny book! Big fan of the zombie apocalypse movement! Dina Rae

  2. It IS a very funny book. Thanks for noticing =)
    And thanks, Holly, for the fun interview.


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