Who is Tonia Brown?
That’s not an easy question to answer.
She is one of my very favorite authors, and she’s among the top writers in the zombie genre. Her unique recipe mixes zombies, horror, humor, & erotica together, to produce the most original and enjoyable stories I’ve ever read. She has created characters that you will either love, or love to hate. Whichever one, they’re characters you want to spend time with. I always get mournful when I finish, because I’m never ready to part ways with them.
Tonia’s short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies. She’d cranked out several books, including Lucky Stiff: Memoirs of an Undead Lover, Badass Zombie Road Trip and the erotic steampunk series Clockworks and Corsets. She lives in North Carolina with her genius husband of many years, Tony. She likes coffee & fudgesicles, though not always together. She shares her home with an ever fluctuating number of moody cats, and she shares her likness with her identical twin sister. When not writing, she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut.(Guess which one she is.)
Tonia was cool enough to come hang out in my pillow fort for a little while, long enough to enjoy a cup of coffee, and answer a few questions… the first one being “How do you like your coffee?” To which she replied, “I like my coffee like I like my men. Ground up and in the freezer.” This is going to be fun!
BBB: What is your favorite book that you have written? Care to explain why?
TB: I have to say that Badass Zombie Road Trip was simply the best thing my tiny little mind ever came up with. Why? Because it is stupid funny. It’s the kind of funny that you feel guilty later laughing about. The kind of funny that you have to read huge bits aloud for someone to get a single line of a joke. The kind of funny that makes you wanna wash your hands afterwards. Yeah, I love that kind of funny.
BBB: If you could live one day as one of your characters, who would you be?
TB: Lelanea Dittmeyer from the Railroad! series. She is so beautiful and brave and in total control. I wished I was as strong as her. Plus,she is a werewolf, so there is that.
BBB: How do you react to bad reviews?
TB: I usually shrug and get back to my life without a clue as to what went wrong. Bad reviews rarely say what they thought was wrong with the book beyond the fact that they ‘didn’t like it.’ I had a one star reviewer claim the characters of Railroad! were shallow and he just didn’t care what happened next. Now that I know is just silly! At those times I sigh and move along. Not every story is for everyone.
BBB:How many people have you killed in your books?
TB: Do you mean total body count, or have I killed anyone from my real life? Because the answer to the first question is many, and I plead the fifth to the second. Plead the fifth to the second. That has a nice ring to it.
BBB: I know you have another job. Would you like to say anything about it?
TB: I work ten hour nights, four days a week as a receptionist in an emergency department of a small hospital. I am the one that collects the information, and complaints. And I don’t just mean the ‘why are you here tonight’ complaints. I mean ALL of the complaints.
BBB: Have you ever used a work experience in a story?
TB: Nope. I try to make a point of not mixing that job and this. I recently wrote a ghost tale set in a hospital, but those kinds of stories are few and far between for me. I do however parlay my medical familiarity into the written word. For example, I have an understanding of a variety of injuries from first hand experience. It is easier to write about a gushing knife wound when you see them up close and personal over and over.
BBB: Do you have a favorite author?
TB: Neil Gaiman. Hands down I love his work the best. Terry Pratchett is a very close second, with Tim Robbins and Stephen King coming alongside.
BBB: What will you name your Autobiography?
TB: She Meant Well
BBB: What is your most listened to background music while working?
TB: Classic rock. Either that, or Vivaldi.
BBB: Name your computer/laptop.
TB: The laptop I’m writing on now is called ‘Lappy’. And, I have a notebook we call ‘Tiny Laptop’. My cell phone is called ‘Tiniest Laptop’.
BBB: What’s your sign?
TB: Libra. I can never make up my mind and I always try to please all parties involved. It’s very tiring being a Libra.
Short stories or novels? NOVELS
Thong or bikini? On me? Neither. I need as much cloth as I can to cover my wide load.
Ebook or hard copy? EBOOK
Top or bottom? TOP, FOR SURE! RIDE ‘EM COWGIRL!
Fast zombies or slow zombies? FAST
I’m not sure. Last time he phoned, my caller ID said ‘location unknown’. I suspect he was at a wharf because I could hear the fog horns in the background. He told me to forget about him and everything we shared over the last six months. I couldn’t believe he would just cut me out of his life like that, but with the Mob after him and all, I understand it was fir the best. Besides, I don’t think I really loved him. I think it was always about the sex. I just hope he finds whatever it is that keeps him wandering around so dammed much.
The cat has started pawing at the couch cushions, and things are starting to look a little too ‘London Bridges’ for my comfort. Are you still wanting to know her a little better?
Have a question about undead sex? Curious how a just handful of women can run a whole airship and look great doing it? Wanna learn the ins and outs of skinning zombies?
You can send your questions, praise, undying love, and gifts of cash, to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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♥ ANTHOLOGIES :
Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes – Only Flesh
Letters From The Dead – Rebecca
Eye Witness Zombie – Doomsday Rambling
Tooth Decay – Sweet Tooth- Stage Fright
Ladies of Horror – Yearning- Good Food, Good Meat
Hungry for Your Love – Undying Love
Before Plan 9 – Plan 4 From the Clockwork Country
Bigfoot Terror Tales Vol I
Daily Flashes of Erotica – Five More Miles and Hard Lesson
Gone With The Dirt – Civil Unrest
Twisted Fish – Careful What You Fish For
Probing Uranus – Head Games
Anthology of Steampunk – Excellent Service
Steampunk Tales – Cold Boiler Blues
Eclectic Flash – Heart of The Matter
Morpheus Tales – Killing Heaven
Morpheus Tales – Sweet Bread
Steampunk Tales – Calliope
Dark Valentine Magazine – Danny Boy (free pdf download)
Malicious Deviance – Mr. Banjo
D.O.A. Extreme Horror Anthology – Sickened
Best New Zombie Tales III – Sweet Bread
Steamy Screams – Dirty Little Fish Story
Rhonny Reaper’s Roadkill Cafe – Waste Not, Want Not
Zombidays – Caveat Emptor
Hell Hath No Fury – Chick Magnet
Holiday of the Dead – Naked Fear
5×5 Fiction – Gifted Romance
Stories From the Chapel – Going to the Chapel
Zombie Kong – My Life was Saved by Coffee (Somewhere in Suburbia pt 2)
Read THE RAILROAD series online –
Check out my review of LUCKY STIFF: MEMOIRS OF AN UNDEAD LOVER in COVER TO COVER!