Friday, March 29, 2024

New Jersey Father and Daughter Co-Write Book Entitled "Dawnah The Zombie Whisperer" - A Great Read for Young Readers Seeking a Fun Adventure

Meet Twelve-year-old Dawnah - the zombie whisperer! It's a collaboration between a dad and his daughter. What's it about? 
When Dawnah, a socially awkward twelve-old-girl and her widowed father go on a camping trip, they find themselves thrust into the zombie apocalypse. As Dawnah and her dad travel along the Appalachian Trail, in order to reunite with her sibling, Dawnah discovers that she can control the living dead with her voice and that she may be the last hope for humanity.

Suzee: Tell me about the inspiration for the book.
Dana: It arose out of watching zombie movies with my daughter, Georgia, a genre we both love. We wanted to explore the zombie apocalypse genre in a unique way. Writing together was also a way to help Georgia process some social challenges she was facing at school at that time. 
Suzee: What was it like as a parent writing with your child?

Dana: What was extraordinary is that when we are working together, I do not see Georgia as a child or even as my daughter as much as a creative equal. That realization was pretty extraordinary for me. 

Suzee: What was the writing process like?
Dana: It was wonderful fun. We'd discuss what happens next in the story, what the characters should be named, etc, then I would write out a chapter and have Georgia then read them aloud. Because the story is written from the point of view of a twelve-year-old girl, Georgia had a lot of amazing input! 

Suzee: What is the message of the book?
Dana: It is a story of love and acceptance. Many of the characters in the story are suffering from a lack of these things. Screens are how people become infected and zombified. Dawnah realizes that with the help of her non-binary sibling, they can bring people back, but that requires some growth to get there.

How did you get it published?

Dana: We self published using Amazon KDP. We hired an illustrator for the cover and a designer for the interior and exterior of the book.

Suzee: Where can we find it?
More info and some sample chapters can be found on our website: 

Suzee: What are your future plans, I hear sequels are in the works?
Dana: Yes, we have a Dawnah trilogy planned and a loose outline for those books.

Suzee: And now something personal about the two of you...

Dana's Top Books:

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - the most cinematic and yet non-filmable book I ever read.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - I just really sunk my heart and soul in Katniss Everdeen.

Deliver Me From Nowhere by Warren Zanes  - a profound exploration into what it means to be an artist.

The Red and the Black by Stendhal - That really affected me deeply when I read it in my early twenties.

Georgia's Top Books:
Dr. Zhivago, The Sisters Grim, Lord of the Flies

Last Three Series Dana Watched:
Breaking Bad, The Last of Us,  All of Us Are Dead

Last Three Series Georgia Watched:

All of Us Are Dead, Wednesday, The Twilight Zone

Dana's Favorite Movies of All Time
That's a tough one. The litmus test is how many times I've seen a film. Probably: Jaws, Star Wars, The Godfather.

I think a movie worth talking about is Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. As a child, I love that movie because it was scary, but not Too much for me to handle. The book that my daughter and I wrote is like that as well. It shouldn’t be scary for kids. It should be more as an adventure story than horror.

Georgia's Favorite Movies:

The Shining 
The Gold Rush (1925)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1956)