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An Interview with Belinda Frisch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lori Bowland   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:07

An Interview with Belinda Frisch, Author of "Cure"

 






LivingDeadMedia has a chat with  up and coming author, Belinda Frisch.

 

 

LDM:

 

What was your introduction to the horror genre?

Belinda:

I started watching horror movies at a very young age and while I can’t tell you which was my first, the thrill of being scared hooked me. I’ve been a horror junkie ever since.

LDM:

What about zombies appeals to you?

Belinda:

Zombies appeal to me because theirs is a kind of extreme medical condition. I love medicine and worked in the field for fifteen years prior to writing full-time. Unlike vampires, zombies don’t live forever and it makes them seem more “real” to me. I don’t believe in the zombie apocalypse, but a lot of similarities can be drawn between it and epidemics like the plague. Wide-spread illness could cause devastation on par with a zombie apocalypse and I like writing stories that explore this.

LDM:

Do you have any favorite stories or movies in the zombie genre?

Belinda:

I really enjoy The Walking Dead, but more for the human stories than the zombie effects. My first favorite zombie movie was 1988’s The Serpent and the Rainbow. If I had to say any one bit of zombie fiction influenced Cure, it was that.

LDM:

You've written a new novel, "Cure"; would you tell us what it is about?

Belinda:

 

Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, refuge for the indigent sick and playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose cancer research has him dabbling in the undead. His human-zombie breeding program is falling apart and only Miranda Penton can save it.

Miranda gave up her budding military career to marry a fellow soldier but when their first child is stillborn, it's more tragedy than their new marriage can handle. One year later, following her painful divorce, Miranda accepts an unexpected job offer to join Nixon's security team. Her recruitment is part of Nixon's dark plan and she quickly becomes one of his captives.

Nixon impregnates Miranda with a zombie fetus, but her imprisonment at the center is short-lived. A rescue team led by Scott, her estranged ex-husband, releases her and the infected on the unsuspecting hospital population.

The virus is spreading and must be contained. The center is going into lock-down. The group's escape is threatened by a homicidal security guard and a raging storm. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must escape because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.

LDM:

One of your characters, Dr. Nixon, is the very definition of the mad scientist; did you base him on anything?

Belinda:

I didn’t base Dr. Nixon on any one person, but the good in him, and there is some, is an amalgamation of people I’ve worked with during my years in medicine. The bad in him is purely a product of my imagination.

LDM:

What are the other primary characters in, "Cure" like?

Belinda:

The two main characters, Scott and Miranda Penton, are a couple who has been tried by having lost their infant daughter as a stillbirth. Their inability to deal with the loss in a similar way forced them to divorce, but they’re still very much in love.

Max Reid, Nixon’s henchman, is a psychopath. He’s a serial killer who enjoys doing Nixon’s dirty work a little too much.

There’s elderly Frank, an ex-paramedic, struggling with his failing health while trying to retrieve his daughter from Nixon’s clutches.

Billy Porter is on a mission to save his sister Amy and while he’s kind of a jerk, there are glimpses of extreme kindness and love for his family.

Brian Foster is a guard on Nixon’s payroll who just doesn’t agree with Nixon’s “sacrificing a few for the benefit of many” mentality. He’s a gentle soul and key to the rescue of the women Nixon is holding hostage.

John is the soft and silent type. He’s a bit cowardly, but he’s out to avenge his fiancé’s death and he grows on you. We’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the sequel.

LDM:

What was the best part about writing the novel?

Belinda:

The best part for me was exploring the depths of the characters. Their motivations and their unique stories gave me a broad canvas to bind some together while pitting others against one another. Setting their conflict in a hospital and playing with the mad scientist angle gave me the opportunity to write about medicine, which I’ve genuinely been interested in my whole life. I guess there were two best parts.

LDM:

"Cure" is called a "Strandville Novel"; does this mean that there will be sequels?

Belinda:

Absolutely. Cure is the first in a series of novels set in the town of Strandville. Afterbirth, the follow-up is my current work-in-progress.

LDM:

If there will be sequels; would you give us a glimpse of their story lines?

Belinda:

Cure is an outbreak tale. It sets the stage for the coming zombie apocalypse which will be the setting for Afterbirth. Cure ends before Miranda’s hybrid baby is born. Afterbirth explores what happens after the infant’s delivery, when the world is overrun and the baby is the only hope at stopping the spreading virus. I’m not sure how many books will be in the series. For now, I’m enjoying just telling the story as it comes to me.

LDM:

Would you tell us about your other works?

Belinda:

Crisis Hospital is a collection of my oldest published short stories. Dead Spell is a paranormal young adult tale which I would call edgy and niche. I am a contributor to the City of Hell Anthology, Volume 1, and I do write medical coding non-fiction. I’m eclectic, I guess. The next planned work following Afterbirth will be a thriller.

LDM:

What is the first thing that you would do in the event of a zombie outbreak?

Belinda:

Secure my family. At the end of the day, they’re what’s most important.

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Belinda Frisch’s fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War. She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer's Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition and the author of DEAD SPELL, CRISIS HOSPITAL, TALES FROM THE WORLD, THE WARD, AND THE BEDSIDE and the newly released CURE, the first in the Strandville Zombie Series.

 

 

 

 

 

 






LivingDeadMedia would like to extend our thanks to Ms. Belinda Frisch for taking time to interview with us.

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