Candy, Heroine of “Zomprom: A High School Zombie Romance” by Chris Everheart

Interview with Candy, heroine of “ZomProm: a high school zombie romance”
Title: ZomProm: a high school zombie romance
Genre: YA; paranormal; romance
Format: e-book – Kindle and Nook
Length: 57 pages

What is your story?

I liked a boy so much I bit him – or I let our lab rat bite him. The rat had a virus that was about to turn every teenage boy in the world into a zombie – but I swear I didn’t know that!

Who are you?

My name is Candy. I’m in eleventh grade and I’ve had a huge crush on Ryan since long before he became a zomboy.

What is your problem in the story?

When the boys went undead, so did prom. Now I’m in a school full of girls with paid-for prom dresses and no dates. I saw Ryan outside the gate one morning and I’m sure he’s still somehow good. I need to convince him to help me save prom. Otherwise, I might as well be on the other side of wall with the rest of the walking dead.

Do you run from conflict?

I try to run, but trouble keeps shuffling after me!

How do your friends see you?

My friends are mad at me for getting Ryan infected with the zomboy virus that made him bite another boy and give him the virus and so on and so on.

What do you think of yourself?

I feel stupid for ever having believed that my plan to get Ryan’s attention would work.

Do you have a goal?

Make prom work and get everyone off my back – even if all the boys are undead.

Do you have money troubles?

I never have enough money, which is why I drive an old rusty hatchback. But Ryan never made fun of it. It’s one reason I know he’s special.

What do you want?

I want to be Ryan’s date to the prom. The fact that he’s a zomboy now doesn’t mean that he’s not relationship material.

What are you afraid of?

The Crud – a hoard of wild zomboys that attack the outskirts of town every night. I didn’t know about them until I snuck outside the Monster Wall and Ryan explained the war that goes on where the living can’t see.

What do you regret?

I wish I’d had the courage to just talk to Ryan instead of thinking up a scheme to get his undivided attention with a rat bite. The “Nurse Candy” plan sounded good in my head, but obviously it backfired!

Have you ever betrayed anyone?

Does telling my dad that I wouldn’t go into the U.Z. (the Undead Zone) alone at night then doing it anyway count as betrayal? He might think so – even if I explain how badly I needed to talk to Ryan – so I guess that’s a yes.

Are you healthy?

I’m fine! There’s no zom-girl virus that we know of so I’m as healthy as a Ukrainian gymnast. Wait … does love-sick for an undead boy count as an illness?

Who is your true love?

I think it’s Ryan. And I think he could feel the same – alive or undead.

Was there a major turning point in your life?

Seeing my friends so mad at me that they cried and stopped talking to me was the lowest point in my life. That’s the moment I decided to go into the U.Z. and confront the zomboys face-to-face to save prom.

Name five items in your purse, briefcase, or pockets.

In my pockets: a mini-flashlight which I won’t turn on because it will attract zomboys; a tube of lip gloss, strawberry-flavored – Ryan’s favorite, if he even cares anymore; my school ID so if I get eaten by a pack of hungry zomboys the Army will be able to identify my body; a pair of leather gloves for climbing up the rope to get back to the other side of the wall; that reminds me of the fifth item I’m supposed to have – I forgot the rope!

If you were at a store now, what would be in your shopping cart?

A tuxedo – very narrowly cut to fit over Ryan’s bony frame on prom night.

If you had the power to change one thing in the world that didn’t affect you personally, what would it be?

I would eliminate the virus and cure all the zomboys, bring them back to life.

What makes you think that change would be for the better?

Because now I can see that as much as the boys annoyed us when they were alive we really, really miss them.

If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you rather be stranded with, a man or a woman?

Ryan – alive or undead.

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Zachary White, Hero of “The League of Delphi” by Chris Everheart

What’s your story?

My father died mysteriously ten years ago. My mother changed my name and took me away from home, forbidding me to ever return, then went into hiding to die alone. Now I’m seventeen and on my own … and I’m back. I’m hiding in plain sight in my own hometown and uncovering an ancient conspiracy that will control my life – or kill me trying.

Who are you?

I go by the name Zachary White, but I can’t tell you my real name. If I did, you and I would both be in grave danger from the Committee who runs this town and the League of Delphi they answer to.

How do you see yourself?

I’m lost, without a family, a home, or an identity. It’s like there’s a giant hole in the middle of my life.

How do your friends see you?

The friends I left behind at the boarding school in France know me as a regular, low-key teenager. But most of them don’t know the real me. I met Ashley after I moved here. She’s the only one who sees me for who I really am – even though she doesn’t know my real name.

How do your enemies see you?

They don’t see me. They don’t know I’ve returned. And they have no idea what I’m capable of doing to them – but they’ll find out.

Do you have money troubles?

Money is one problem I don’t have. My parents left me with a secret bank account, which is supposed to be for my education. They wouldn’t like knowing that I used the money to come back to Arcanville.

What do you want?

I want to reconnect with my hometown, find out who I am, who my parents were, and why my mother took me away. I also want to know why Sutton, a kid I knew in grade school before I left here, killed himself a few days ago – and why no one in this town seems to care.

What do you need?

I need something to anchor me. If I don’t find out where I belong in this world I’m afraid I’ll just drift away into nothingness.

What, if anything, haunts you?

Burying an empty casket in my father’s grave when I was seven years old.

Do you like remembering your childhood?

No. Dad died in a plane crash in the Atlantic when I was seven years old. Mom changed my name, and abandoned me in a French boarding school. She rarely visited — and only in secret when she did. Childhood was miserable, lonely, and full of lies. But I can’t escape it.

Did you get along with your parents?

Dad died mysteriously ten years ago and Mom died alone last year. I never fought with my parents, never rebelled, never decided I don’t want to be like them when I grow up — I never had the chance.

What in your past would you like to forget?

The hollow look in my mother’s eyes the last time I saw her. She looked exhausted and empty. She’d been pursued by the League of Delphi from the day she stole me away and had deteriorated mentally and physically so much that I hardly recognized her. It scared me. I wish I could only remember her as young and pretty — not the prematurely old and tired face I saw in the school chapel that midnight.

How do you envision your future?

I can’t see my future because I don’t even know what my past is. I only want to crack into the Committee’s secrets and expose the deception that the League of Delphi uses to stay in control. The rest doesn’t matter.

What is your favorite item of clothing?

My black hooded sweatshirt. Because it allows me to cover my face, sneak around at night, and not be seen by the Committee and the League of Delphi. When I make them pay for what they’ve done to Sutton, to Ashley, to my parents, and to my life, I’ll show them my face at last and make them wish they’d never seen it.


Genre: Thriller; YA; Conspiracy
Formats: Paperback; e-book
Length: 300 pages
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