Thank you. I'd watched a newsmagazine show on violence in school, and the clips featured kids who were basically engaging in random acts of violence and taping them so they could put the videos on YouTube. I thought the footage was absolutely terrifying. I knew I wanted to write about it, but my attempts at going at the material "through the front door" so to speak weren't really going anywhere. In thinking about what would cause kids to do this one another, I thought about discrimination, prejudice, hate. From out of the blue I thought that if zombies really existed they would be the most discriminated against group ever, and for some reason this made me envision a zombie trying to take a living girl to the prom. The idea just sort of took off from there.
I'm not sure--my response there was really just a knee-jerky thing to someone who had already written the book off as exploitation or celebration of teen death, which made me pop my claws because I see the book as very anti-death. If there are messages to be found, I suppose "Choose life, choose love" are among them. "Message" is a funny word in this case, it implies a pronouncement, a definitive statement. I don't think I make any pronouncements; mostly what I think the book does is raise questions.