Publication date: April 7th 2016
Genres: Adult, Post-
Undead: a reanimated corpse with a craving for human flesh.
Ultramarathon: any footrace longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles).
For ultrarunners Kate and Frederico, a typical Saturday morning is spent pounding out a twenty- to thirty-mile “fun run.” It’s during one of their runs that an insidious illness descends upon northern California, turning humans into flesh-shredding zombies.
When Kate receives a desperate call from her son, Carter, she and Frederico flee their hometown and set out to help him. The only problem? Carter attends college over two hundred miles away and the freeways—clogged with car wrecks, zombies, and government blockades—are impassable. Running back roads and railroad tracks becomes their only means of travel, but neither of them has ever run so far before.
As pain, injuries, hunger, and fatigue plague them, getting to Carter and staying alive seem impossible. It’s either outrun the undead or become one of them, and for Kate, death is not an option.
Top 10 things I used for inspiration while writing this novel
- My “collection” of running shoes and assortment of other running gear
- The abandoned railroad tracks near my home
- Zombie and post-apocalypse audiobooks, which I listened to while running
- Ultrarunning & Trail Runner Magazine
- Ultrarunning movies, like Running on the Sun and Unbreakable
- Ultrarunning stories from my friends
- Countless hours running on trails and roads
- Crewing at ultras
- My husband, who loves to stay up late chatting about the latest zombie book we’re reading
- Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, one of the settings for my book and also a favorite running place