And the teenage Clarke sisters thought the entail was their biggest problem…
Lady Kate, the entitled eldest.
Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver.
Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it’s easy to underestimate her.
Then there’s Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for—and possibly die with!—stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid.
Upstairs! Downstairs! Toss in some farmers and villagers!
None of them ever expected to work together for any reason.
But none of them had ever seen anything like this.
Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 30 books for adults, teens and children, which have been published in 15 countries. Before becoming a writer, she was an independent bookseller (11 years), a Publishers Weekly reviewer (292 titles); a freelance editor, a sort-of librarian, and a window washer. She lives in CT with her husband, daughter and cat. Lauren prefers the nobility to zombies, as a rule, and so long as you’re not the latter, you’re welcome to visit her at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
ANSWER: While I’ve traveled to many countries and about half of the states, I’m a lifelong resident of Connecticut. I even went to school at UConn. Go, Huskies!
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
ANSWER: Like millions of people, I’m a huge fan of Downton Abbey. One day when I was watching an episode, the thought came, ‘What could be better than this?’ And the answer instantly followed, ‘If there were zombies!’ So I immediately set about creating a Downton-like world which would become beset by zombies so that people who never dreamed of working together – upstairs, downstairs and villagers – would have to do so in order to survive.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
ANSWER: I write in the basement, so there are no windows there. The one thing I need? The TV in the corner, so I can take breaks to watch General Hospital every day.
What do you like to read?
ANSWER: I’m a voracious reader. Historical, contemporary, literary, most genres, adult, YA – if the story sounds interesting, I’ll read it.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
ANSWER: Thirty+ books into my career, I get asked this question a lot and I answer the same way every time. Read, read, read – read everything you can get your hands on because you can’t be a good writer if you’re not a great reader first – and always remember: the only person who can ever really take you out of the game is you.
Anything else you’d like to share?
ANSWER: I hope you read ZOMBIE ABBEY! And if you do, I hope you’ll read it in the spirit in which it was written: to just have some fun! In a real world in which the real dangers can sometimes seem even worse than zombies, don’t we all need a little bit of fun?