Get to Know…Samie Sands

Lockdown ebook cvr (1)It’s author interview time! Meet Samie Sands, author of the new zombie novel, Lockdown.

Welcome, Samie!

Tell us about your book.

Lockdown is based around a young news researcher, Leah, whose zombie video practical joke spirals out of her control. Suddenly everyone seems convinced that a deadly virus is spreading like wildfire and the only way to stop it is to quarantine everyone inside their own homes.

Her protests are largely ignored, which is a good thing because it turns out to be more real than anyone could have imagined. The plot then follows Leah as she learns to deal with this new horror filled environment.

What’s the book’s opening line? Why did you start there?

“Ok, it’s official. I’m dead. I’m actually going to be killed.”

I wanted the opening line to be full of dread, but the reader is completely unaware what’s going on at this point. Obviously there is an expectation considering it’s a zombie book, but it leads to something quite different. Continue reading

A background actor’s life is not for me

Turn_TV_series_logoI’m going to be on national television this weekend. If you don’t blink, you might even see me.

You may have heard about Turn, the television series that filmed in Virginia and recently started airing on AMC, the same station that has brought us Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead.

They needed a bunch of extras (I’m sorry—“background actors”), and I was in the mode of trying new things, so I tried it.

I won’t be trying it again. Continue reading

Defending the “How I Met Your Mother” finale

how-i-met-your-motherSeems the How I Met Your Mother finale has upset a lot of fans. While it wasn’t a perfect episode, I thought the ending made perfect sense, and I appreciate the motivation and subtext it brings to the whole premise.

Yes, we’re entering SPOILERS territory here. One more spoiler-free paragraph as a buffer, and then it’s spoiling time.

I started watching HIMYM at the end of the second season, loved it through the fourth, went back and got the DVDs of the episodes I had missed, and I eventually lost patience with it sometime in the sixth or seventh season but returned for this last season. The show went on far too long; this was a four-season premise, maybe five. Not nine. And that’s the real problem with the finale. Continue reading