Today we’re joined by Zombie. Zombie is a wonderful young aspiring author. They are gravitating toward writing YA fiction, mostly in the fantasy genre. They have an incredible creativity and an awesome enthusiasm for their craft, as you’ll soon read. Zombie obviously has a very bright future ahead of them. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I consider myself to be a beginning author. I’ve been writing since 8th grade and the things I write tend to be geared towards young adults. My characters are from a variety of backgrounds. For instance, there’s a character by the name of Ozymandias who is a gay immortal alchemist who appeared in literature and art all the way from 1337, his Latino husband, and the main protagonist of the Eden series; a psychic Puerto-Rican aro-ace girl named Kira Black. I enjoy coming up with unique characters. I euphoria I get from creating them on paper is what I imagine to be the feeling of artists when they draw their OCs. Even the villains I work hard to create.
Honestly, I’m very proud of what’s in my head, and I can’t wait to show it to you all!
What inspires you?
My life experiences and the things I’ve read. It’s hard trying to find characters that relate to my struggles in the genre I prefer to read and honestly, I’m tired of seeing pretty female protagonists with perfect bodies and flawless skin and love triangles. I always wanted characters that I can relate to! Ones with physical and mental flaws! I want heroines with OCD and depression! I want girls to wear glasses because they’re visually handicapped! I want protagonists who DON’T want to get the guy/girl! And since I could never find any, I set out to write them myself.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I guess it was the books I read. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and Artemis Fowl by Zac Brewer and Eoin Colfer respectively. I think to a degree, I always wanted to write. When I was a kid, I’d beg my teacher to let us have time to write. When I grew older, I’d write in my notebooks instead of doing school work and then my grades started to slip!
There’s something beautiful in writing and I’m not quite sure I know what it is.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Actually, yes! Characters from previous works/series will always be mentioned. Remember Ozymandias who I mentioned earlier? I’d keep an eye on him if I were you!
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Practice makes perfect, and there’s no shame in starting off your writing career with fanfictions! You have to learn somewhere, right?
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Romance-Repulsed, Sex-Neutral Aromantic Asexual. I identify as the gender I’m born with (female) because I’m not sure I have the right to call myself anything else. Though I’d love to have an androgynous form. Having no gender sounds amazing and honestly, being a girl is just a bit tiresome. I guess I’d feel more free and less ashamed.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not really. The only other authors I talk to are Ace positive or Ace themselves. I don’t appreciate being called Heterosexual.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we don’t understand sex or can’t handle sex jokes. I assure you guys I know plenty about sex, which is why I’m uninterested in it. Also, I have a huge repertoire of sex jokes just waiting to be set free because of the shows I watch and the company I keep.
They do get some things right, though.
I effing love cake.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You’ll figure it out by yourself in enough time, and when you do, don’t let strangers or even family tell you you’re wrong.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
On my Wattpad, AO3 account, Tumblr and Twitter! ZombiesNeedCoffee, CemeteryLights, Kirablackisback, and Zombieaugust respectively. While my Tumblr is a roleplay blog, I do post frequent snippets from my stories and information about my characters there. You can send me emails at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from people.
(Zombie also has a blog they made strictly for writing: https://zombieastronomy.tumblr.com/)
Thank you, Zombie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.