Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by J.L. Murray.

J.L. Murray is the author of the Niki Slobodian series (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Devil Is a Gentleman, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Devil Was an Angel, and The Devil's Backbone), The Thirteen series (Jenny Undead and Eat the Ones You Love), After the Fire, and the highly anticipated upcoming series Blood of Cain (Monstrous).

Murray is a firm believer that horror can be beautiful, and that good and evil are very far from black and white. She lives with her family in Eugene, Oregon and can be reached through her website at www.jlmurraywriter.com.

Information about Eat the Ones You Love:

"What have I become?"

Jenny always lives to fight another day. But she's not so sure she wants to. She saved Declan, and he hasn't come back quite right. And after meeting a group who call themselves The Thirteen, Jenny is convinced that she would be better off on her own.

But when the group is attacked at her mother's old bunker, Jenny wakes up to find her little undead family in tatters, the newcomers gone, and one of her friends missing. If she wants to find him, she's going to need to talk to someone she'd much rather kill: her mother. In the process, Jenny finds that she has a much larger family than she thought.

Yet nothing is ever as it seems. And on a journey that started with Jenny hopeful that she could save the world, she's more than sure it's going to end in despair. To save the people that she loves, Jenny is going to have to get angry. To save the people she loves, she's going to have to kill. To save the people she loves, she's going to have to die. Again and again and again and again...


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GUEST POST: The sub-genre is 'weirdo' by J.L. Murray

Sub-genres are a funny thing. As a reader, I often have a certain sort of book in mind when I’m looking for something to read. But it’s usually more of a feeling. Something serious and intense, or acerbic and witty with lots of action. But the sub-genres available to me are not very useful in this respect. I can’t look up a categorization of ‘dark and violent and beautiful.’ Urban fantasy brings up a slurry of books, a large percentage of which feature shirtless sweaty men, or women on their knees. Probably someone’s cup of tea, but certainly not mine. And there’s no way to filter out the smutty urban fantasy from, my personal favorite, the strong characters and action with semi-plausible relationships between characters. And monsters are always a plus.

The chasm of misrepresentation grows even wider as a writer. I write in a variety of sub-genres. Dark thrillers, post-apocalyptic sci-fi, urban and epic fantasy. I’ve covered all the bases at some time or another. And even within those sub-genres, I have trouble coloring in the lines. My apocalyptic sci-fi series The Thirteen (Jenny Undead, Eat the Ones You Love) features psychics that can tell the future and hallucinations that might be ghosts, as well as the hint of an afterlife. It also features nanotechnology, zombies, and pharmaceutical madcap science. It’s a chaotic jumble of crazy punk rock anarchy and love and violence. But people read the books and say, “Oh, you’re that zombie writer.”

There’s nothing wrong with zombie books. Let me make that clear. I don’t have anything against them. I’ve just never been particularly interested in anything that didn’t elicit some sort of emotion from me. I can’t tell anything from a sub-genre title and so it doesn’t tell me what I need to know as a reader. I don’t have a solution for this problem (if you could even call it a problem, since I’ve never heard anyone else complain), but I’m a weird, creepy person who has odd and varied taste in books. Is it too much to ask for some sort of efficiency for other weirdos like me?

This issue is the main reason I became an indie writer. While my friends toiled at perfecting the cover letter, I was able to just keep writing books. I didn’t have to limit them to something that was cookie-cutter-marketable and I got to keep all the odd elements in all the sub-genres that eventually became my brand. “Read a J.L. Murray book, they’re weird and you never know what’s going to happen.” I’m totally okay with this sub-genre, for the record. In fact, let’s just make one called ‘creepy, weird and fun.’ I’d read the hell out of that.

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