SPOTLIGHT ON: Vickie Johnstone
What is your latest release and what genre is it?
I Dream of Zombies, published on October 12, 2013. It’s my first horror with zombies!
Quick description of it.
A zombie novel set in London over six weeks in 2013, with a strong female lead character. It began with a dream and then London went to hell…
It all begins on a summer’s day with the media reporting with some hilarity that people are dreaming of the dead coming to life, but those who have dreamt of them are convinced they are a warning of things to come. Marla takes it all with a pinch of salt until she experiences the nightmares herself. Cue paranoia and disbelief until reality shows its new face. All over London there are incidences of people becoming sick and aggressive. As the attacks mount, the media is forced to take the matter seriously, but what is causing it? Is it a virus, and is it natural or man-made, and is the government responsible? Marla, Ellen and Tommy find themselves fighting for their survival as their sense of reality is smashed. Will the army and police maintain control or will the country find itself in lock down, isolated from the outside world?
Excerpt from the novel… the dream…
“A sickening sense of dread ravages him as fear drifts over the surface of his skin like fingers, icy cold and unrelenting. He turns again and sprints towards the exit, his pace becoming increasingly slower as if something is pushing him back. Yet still he finds himself in the exact same position, his feet rooted to the spot, his arms sweeping, useless. His hair blows in the breath that the creature now turns on him, sickening in its putrid scent of death and putrefaction. There is not a word he can think of to describe this thing in front of him. Fear creeps, regardless. Twisting, crawling, the maggots swarm across its bloodied face as it opens its mouth wider. Something rips. The yawn seems to swallow him whole into this darkness of despair as a jagged, ripping pain overwhelms him; the sharp teeth chafing, gnawing at his neck, seeking to pierce the jugular vein within. From far off in the distance comes the ripple of laughter.”
Something unique about it.
Everything starts with a dream, and the mystery is why are people dreaming this and why is it coming true? It’s a series and there is a surprise coming. Set in London over the summer of 2013, the main character is a tough female who looks out for her sister, Ellen. Other main characters include a guy called Tommy and a dog, but he’s going to have to do something heroic at some point to earn his keep!
Links for people to buy it.
Your promo links.
Kiwi Series website: Kiwiincatcity.com
FB editing service page: http://www.facebook.com/VickieJohnstoneEditing
Your short Bio.
Vickie lives in London, UK. She works as a freelance layout sub-editor (magazines) and editor of self-published books. Her first book, Kiwi in Cat City, was written in 2002, and self-published in 2011, and she has scribbled stories and poetry all her life. Vickie’s loves include cats, reading, films, travelling, rock music, Castle, The Walking Dead, tea, the sea, dancing like an eejit, sleeping and Milky Bar.
Vickie has self-published the following 14 books:
Kaleidoscope (poetry); Travelling Light (poetry); Life’s Rhythms (haiku); 3 Heads and a Tail (comedy); Kiwi in Cat City (magical cat series for middle grade readers); Kiwi and the Missing Magic; Kiwi and the Living Nightmare; Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle; Kiwi in the Realm of Ra; Kiwi’s Christmas Tail; Day of the Living Pizza (comedy detective series for middle grade readers), Day of the Pesky Shadow, The Sea Inside (fantasy) and I Dream of Zombies (horror).