by Jay Wilburn
Jay Wilburn: Thanks for having me over. Introduce yourself to everyone. And why are there so many goats?
Rebecca Besser: Rebecca Besser. My son is breeding pygmy goats for a project.
Jay: Man, they are everywhere. What’s the project?
Besser: To take over the world with a cavalry of pygmy goats.
Jay: You’re going to ride them? Or train little monkey soldiers to ride them?
Besser: You don’t ride pygmy goats. You just train them to kill.
Jay: Train them to … Let’s get on with it. What is your latest book?
Jay: Tell us a little about book 2.
Besser: Book 2 of the Zpoc Exception Series follows Elaine as she negotiates her everyday life that gets turned upside down with the zombie apocalypse. She has to not only survive when the outbreak hits her school, but she has to make it home on her own. She soon finds out home isn’t safe either, when she’s bitten by her mother. Her father recues her, and together they head out for a safe zone. Along the way they meet Chad and Tad…and find out Elaine will survive her bite. Once they arrive at the safe zone and are separated, things get complicated as Elaine has to make quick, serious decisions that will change her life … again.
Jay: Tell us more about the two characters we have seen as the focal points of each book in this series so far.
Besser: Chad (Book 1) is a teen boy who hates the world in general. He’d rather play video games and smoke pot than put on a “polite and acceptable” face for society. He loves when everything falls apart…to an extent. But he soon finds out that since he’s one of the “exceptions” he’ll have to play a much bigger role in the new society.
Elaine (Book 2) is a teen girl who just wants a certain boy to notice her, and for her mom to stop being uptight and controlling. She’s thrown curveball after curveball as the world unravels around her in the zombie apocalypse. Her innocent and caring nature is put to the test with a new, uncertain world to navigate.
Jay: How does Elaine change the story?
Besser: Elaine is the second character that was introduced as an “exception.” Through her eyes, the readers will take another step forward into the zombie apocalypse from the viewpoint of a different personality and experience.
Jay: What do you hope readers take away from this series?
Besser: I would hope the Zpoc Exception Series would make the readers think about how they would react if they found themselves in the same situation – immune to what everyone else is dying from and fears.
Jay: Could you give me your bio, but do it in third person?
Besser: Rebecca Besser resides in Ohio with her wonderful husband and amazing son. They’ve come to accept her quirks as normal while she writes anything and everything that makes her inner demons squeal with delight. She’s best known for her work in adult horror, but has been published in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a variety of age groups and genres. She’s entirely too cute to be scary in person, so she turns to the page to instill fear into the hearts of the masses.
Jay: Where can people find you when you aren’t training murder goats?
Jay: Very good. I … *notices the goats have gathered around him while he wasn’t looking* *flees the house screaming*
Besser: *shakes her head* I didn’t even give the kill command. *Turns on Catfish and the pygmy goats gather around like every other night*