Monday, October 06, 2014

Guest - Karri Thompson

Good morning! We have author Karri Thompson visiting us today. She's got a terrific post about one of our cultural icons - zombies! So grab a GF Vampire Eyeball Cookie, a cup of hot blood coffee and a chair. Karri has a contest so make sure you enter it (directions below). Enjoy!
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We’re All Infected
By
Karri Thompson
            As a high-school English teacher, it is not uncommon for me to hear the latest scoop on campus from my students while I circulate the classroom, helping them with their assignments. I tend to ignore the superficial stuff – the hottest boy or girl on campus, the fight that happened at lunch, why someone has been suspended, etc. – but recently when I kept hearing one particular topic over and over again, I couldn’t help but listen and eventually question them about it.
            What were my students talking about? The Walking Dead – one of AMC’s top series with an average of 10.4 million viewers per episode during its fourth season.
 Zombies? Nope, it wasn’t my thing at the time, but being a Netflix subscriber, I gave it a shot, and to my surprise, I wasn’t disappointed. My husband even joined my “Walking Dead” marathon, and he was the last person I thought would ever become hooked on a show featuring the undead.
But The Walking Dead is more than just a show about zombies. Its cast of likeable and many hot characters (Darrell and Rick), reminds us that every person is vulnerable, and that at any given moment, we might need to rely on one of our instincts, a special, biological trigger that helps us decide whether to face a danger and fight or turn away and flee from possible injury or death.
            Our brains are uniquely hard-wired to keep us alive. This fight-or-flight response is just one part of our human nature, and it just so happens to be the innate response viewers witness most often in each episode of The Walking Dead
            True – a zombie apocalypse will never happen, but people still hold the inborn fear that if they end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, they might experience something similar, whether it’s a terrorist attack, natural disaster, nuclear war, or world-wide pandemic. The popularity of the National Geographic Channel’s reality show, Doomsday Preppers, only reinforces the fact that many Americans are currently preparing for the worst, a time when the phrase “survival of the fittest” might become a reality.
Recent political and catastrophic events around the world, such as the hostilities in the Middle East, cases of Ebola in the United States, and this decade’s recent string of international disasters, such as the Tsunamis that hit Thailand and Japan, only add to this sudden rise in preparatory behavior and the fear of Armageddon.
            Dystopian novels like Brave New World, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and even my own novel, Mirror X, give the reader insight into a conceived post-apocalyptic world, worlds containing the many psychological and physiological survival methods used by each book’s characters. The continued popularity of this genre again reinforces the fact that as humans, we never forget that we are vulnerable and mortal.
“We’re all infected” with the same strong, intrinsic will to subsist no matter what the cost, making stories as unimaginable as a zombie apocalypse or a world where babies are harvested in containers, something millions of people love to watch and read about.
            Halloween is just around the corner, and although my agent told me the publishing market is saturated with “zombie” manuscripts, I might still write one. With season five of The Walking Dead beginning on October 12, and with a record-breaking estimate of over 20 million viewers, I think the zombie trend is far from ending, and I definitely know why.



MIRROR X/Karri Thompson

I was born more than a thousand years ago.

Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I've finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.

But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me.

Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets. 
The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where “life is precious” but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don’t think he’s being totally honest with me, either.

When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it’s clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…
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MIRROR X/Excerpt

I was filled with too much turmoil and betrayal to even raise my voice. “You should have told me from the very beginning, Michael. All that talk about training and career opportunities was a big lie.”
            He bent forward, his eyes aimed at the gray floor as I watched his back rise with each breath.
            “I’m sorry, Cassie. Until you were told about the project, we had to keep you from asking questions we weren’t ready to answer. They were going to wait another week, but I couldn’t lie to you one more minute.”
            I folded my arms against my chest and sighed. “I’m being forced into doing something I don’t want to do, and I’ve been manipulated and deceived by people I thought I could trust.”
“We needed to wait until you were stronger. You were too vulnerable.”
“And I’m not vulnerable now? Look at me.” I said, raising my frail arms and letting them drop limply to the bed.
“We’re all vulnerable. We’re desperate. And we’re running out of time.”

 About Karri Thompson

Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.

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Twitter: @karrithompson


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2 comments:

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Karri! I'm a great fan of The Walking Dead and the Doomsday Preppers shows so your post really hit home with me ;-)

Thanks for being with us!

lostbraincell said...

Awesome giveaway! I hadn't heard of this book before your post, but now I am definitely intrigued by this book and want to read it!