Today my new book debuts to the world….well, to the publishing world at least. The real world still has to wait until the 7th of August.
Right now, in Bologna, Italy, the children’s publishing world is meeting up for the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
And my publisher, Faber, is showcasing their new and upcoming titles…including my new middle grade novel, ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’.
‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’ is the first in a new series and is the story of a twelve-year-old boy called Adam Meltzer who rises from the grave to solve his own murder.
But Adam’s no ordinary zombie, he suffers from incredible OCD. And he’s not entirely happy with being gross and decomposing. Luckily he makes two great friends in his afterlife; Corina the vegan vampire and Ernesto the filthy, reluctant chupacabra. Together, the three of them set out to discover the secrets of the death-defying bees, the very zealous Zombees!
It’s a celebration of everything that’s funny, awkward, and gross about middle school. This book has been a long time coming, since I was twelve, in fact!
To channel the characters, I wrote the book this past summer in my hometown of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, and even wrote some of it my middle school library!
Walking the halls of Pineland as an adult, I saw the ghosts and spirits of the once 7th graders bustling between classes and shuffling to the lunch room. I put myself back in the middle of gossip, drama, and the awkwardness of pre-puberty. It may not have been all funny the first time around, but through Adam’s undead eyes, middle school is fertile ground for comedy and misadventure.
You’ll get a chance to meet Adam in a few month, and I hope you love him just as much as I do.
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