Friday, December 17, 2010

Interview with Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator

This morning I'll be interviewing Neeta Lyffe. She's a zombie exterminator and the star of Karina Fabian's newest novel, Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator. Stick around after the interview to learn where to get this awesome book "where the zombie apocalypse meets reality TV, California politics and the Green movement!" (quote from the press package.)

Good morning Neeta. It's so good to finally meet you.

It's a pleasure, Amanda. I appreciate this chance to tell folks about zombie extermination. It's a growing specialization--unfortunately, because the demand is still growing--but every one of us hopes to work ourselves out of a job eventually.

Yeah, I guess it's the nature of the business. So, tell me, why did you choose your career path as a zombie exterminator?

It's a family business. My mother, God rest her soul, was a single mom working as a general exterminator when she and her partner inadvertently stumbled upon a huge zombie infestation while investigating what a cemetery thought were rats. She and her partner discovered they had a talent for mowing down zombies. (In this case, literally. That riding lawn mower saved more than a few lives that night.) Since there was obviously a need, they specialized. Mom was a real activist for the cause of zombie extermination and preventation as well. I hope she looks at my efforts with the reality TV show, Zombie Death Extreme as another way of building awareness.

For sure. It's so important, what you're doing. Darn entertaining as well! What makes a good zombie exterminator?

Strength: strong arms, strong will, strong nerves… and a strong stomach. You also need to be able to think on your feet. Zombies, as we've come to learn, are far more variable than we saw in the movies. It's amazing what can be used against them. That's why I urge everyone to remember that your best defense against a zombie is not that butcher knife on the counter, but the cleaning products under the counter, the hamburger in the fridge, and the television. (Turn it on and run!)

Okay okay, it's on it's on! Now tell us, what's the best way to kill a zombie?

You have to destroy the brain: sever the spine at the neck. Decapitation, smash their brains. Setting them on fire works well if they're I an advanced state of decay, but sometimes, that only stalls them enough to give you a chance to go for the neck.

Do you have a favorite weapon?

Chainsaw and a supersoaker full of TidyToidy. They're the most effective, IMHO, but the chainsaw does get heavy. I train a lot.

Karina Fabian- Look out zombies!
 How does one secure one's home against the undead?

First, attitude. Often an ARM (Animated Rotting Meat) will return to a familiar place--a home, workplace, bar… Some people still think it's a miracle that their loved one is returning from the dead. It's not--it's a tragedy in the making. These are not people anymore. I can't state that enough. A moment's hesitation at seeing Uncle Joe can cost you your life--and maybe bring you back to hurt those you love.

Second, cell phone and car keys. Most major cities have a skilled Z-Mat team and exterminators on call. Get in your car and dial 9-1-1 as you speed away. Some zombies are fast, but none can outrun a speeding car.

Third, cleaning products. We don't know why, but with few exceptions, cleaning products will repel zombies. Not the enviro-friendly stuff, however. Bleach. Amonia. You know those scrubbing bubbles? Those are actually kind of funny to watch--but don't delay your escape to get some video on your cell phone! Trust me, YouTube is not worth your life!

After that, imagination is your best defense. Some zombies can be deflected by cigarettes; others by a beer. Some will stop dead (pardon the pun) to watch Days of Our Lives. In the Middle East, many devout families nonetheless keep a package of bacon in their refrigerators just for zombie defense. Whatever you do, however, try it and run.

Wow, I'd better make my shopping list! Now, is it true that if you blend in with a horde of zombies and pretend to be one, they will leave you alone?

No. Oh, please, please, Amanda! If any of your readers believes that tell them no! They may get distracted by a pound of raw hamburger, but they can definitely tell the difference between a fresh brain and an undead one!

Myth busted. Good to know. Thank you so much for your time.

No problem. I hope folks will take a look at the book Karina Fabian wrote about some of my adventures on the Zombie Death Extreme Set. It's called Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator. It's a fun way to learn more about zombies and zombie defense.

Pick up Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator at Damnation Books or Amazon in both paperback and ebook.

From the Media Release-

Christmas With Zombies? Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator puts "ha-ha-ha-ho-ho-ho" into the holidays.

The Zombie Apocalypse for the holidays? Not quite, but Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator is bound to bring some ho-ho-ho (and ha-ha-ha) into the ho-ho-holidays with its comical view on the zombie genre, reality TV and American culture and politics.

Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, by Karina Fabian, takes place 30 years in the future when causes unknown make people to rise from the grave. Unlike the dystopic tales like Zombieland, Fabian's world has taken measures to curtail the spread of disease. The result: zombies are pests and nuisances--and who better to take care of such things than an exterminator?

Neeta Lyffe is a professional exterminator down on her luck when a zombie she sets on fire stumbles onto a lawyer's back porch. Desperate for money, she agrees to host a reality TV show where she'll train apprentice exterminators in a show that crosses the worst of The Apprentice with Survivor with Night of the Living Dead. Can she keep her bills paid, her ratings up, and her plebes alive and still retain her sanity?

Fabian created Neeta Lyffe in a short story about two exterminators taking out an infestation in a Korean restaurant. "Wokking Dead" featured in The Zombie Cookbook by Damnation Books ( Readers liked the cynical exterminator and asked for a novel.

Fabian, best known for her humorous fantasy and Christian and Catholic science fiction, hesitated at first. "I'm really not a horror fan, and I don't much care for the zombie genre. However Kim (publisher of Damnation Books) asked while we were in the Writers Chatroom. That evening, we were getting silly and talking about reality TV, and reality TV with zombies sounded like fun. We were living in California at the time, so I had plenty of material."

The timing's a little weird, but Fabian thinks Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator will make an, er, lively addition to anyone's holiday reading. Learn more about Neeta Lyffe and Karina Fabian at


Joanne said...

Liking this interview with a character, great idea! It's a nice way for the audience to get another perspective into the book, very smart!

Karina Fabian said...

Thanks for hosting me today. It's always fun to get into my character's head.


Anonymous said...

Love it, love it, love it! I'm not a (you should pardon the expression) diehard horror fan, either, but this sounds like so much fun! Thanks!

better known as Hope Chastain

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Thanks Joanne and Hope. :)
I'm so glad you both enjoyed it.

Karina, I had a lot of fun with this. Thank you (or should I thank Neeta) for the interview. :)

Abby Minard said...

Love this interview- so cute! What a great way to get to know the character!

Lydia K said...

I think I agree with needing a strong stomach. Glad it's her job and not mine!
That was a fun interview!

karabu said...

I feel so enlightened. Maybe I'll last longer now than the few hours that facebook quiz gave me for surviving the zombie apocalypse. Thanks!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Thanks Abby! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

LOL Lydia. Me too! I don't think I could handle zombie extermination.

Kara, you and me both. At least now I know you can't blend in with a mob of zombies and pretend to be one! :p

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