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Body Farm Z by Deborah Sheldon is on virtual book tour. The horror stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. Be sure to ...

Body Farm Z by Deborah Sheldon is on virtual book tour.

The horror stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon giftcard or an ebook of the Horror collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories by Deborah Sheldon (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What did you edit out of this book?
Hyperbole. Melodrama. In short – overwritten passages.
When writing an action-packed horror story like Body Farm Z, the urge to push the prose ever higher is tempting. More! More! More!
But less is more.

So, I would write a scene, review it the next day, and remove adverbs, most of the adjectives, and almost all of the exclamation marks. It seems counterintuitive, but when writing about something ghastly, taking a calm and matter-of-fact approach is more likely to raise the hairs on the reader’s arms.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
For a novel of 80,000 words or so, about seven to ten months, give or take. And how I do this is pretty straightforward. For many years, I’ve set myself a minimum weekly target of 2,500 words – that’s words of a final-draft or publishable standard – and this discipline has served me well. Not just for novels, but for novellas, novelettes, and short stories. A weekly word-count encourages me to do the hard yards and not wallow in getting stuck.

However, Body Farm Z was a different animal altogether. It grabbed me by the throat. With such a challenging project on so many levels, I found it difficult to stop thinking about it. My dreams were filled with zombies. Most mornings, I raced to the keyboard. I wrote Body Farm Z – in its entirety, in all its many drafts, ready to be professionally edited – in about five months. That’s a record for me. I hope I don’t expect myself to repeat it, or even worse, better it. I’ll exhaust myself!

Pen or typewriter or computer?
I’m old enough to have done all three. Back in the day, “cut and paste” was exactly and literally that: I would use scissors and tape to rearrange paragraphs in a hand-written story or article. Then I’d type it up on a typewriter using white-out fluid to correct mistakes. Computers transformed my writing life. I can type at about 100 words per minute, so my thoughts aren’t constrained anymore by how fast I can write with a pen.

Body Farm Z
by Deborah Sheldon
Genre: Horror

To solve murders, you must understand the process of decomposition. Australia’s newest body farm, the Victorian Taphonomic Experimental Research Institute, is hidden in bushland some four hours’ drive from Melbourne. Scattered across its 150 acres are human donor cadavers and pig carcasses arranged to mimic some of the ways in which police might find murder victims: exposed to the elements, buried in a shallow grave, wrapped in tarpaulin. Forensic scientists and graduate students meticulously track each stage of putrefaction. Today, Detective Rick Evans of the Homicide Squad is at VITERI for the re-creation of one of his cold cases. A human donor will be locked inside a car. But the donor has other ideas... So begins a facility-wide outbreak of the reanimated dead. 

I'm an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. I write short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum. 

My latest releases, through several publishing houses, include the horror novels "Body Farm Z", "Contrition", and "Devil Dragon"; the horror novella "Thylacines"; the crime-noir novellas "Dark Waters" and "Ronnie and Rita"; and the dark fantasy and horror collection "Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories" (winner of the Australian Shadows Best Collected Work 2017). 

My short fiction has appeared in many well-respected magazines such as Quadrant, Island, Aurealis, SQ Mag, and Midnight Echo. My fiction has been shortlisted for numerous Australian Shadows Awards and Aurealis Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award, and included in various "best of" anthologies. I'm also guest editor of this year's edition of Midnight Echo. 

Other credits include TV scripts such as Neighbours and Australia's Most Wanted, feature articles for national magazines, non-fiction books published by Reed Books and Random House, and award-winning medical writing.

Publisher: Severed Press 
Facebook: @SeveredPress  Twitter: @severedpress

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1 comment

  1. I've heard of a body farm at a medical school about 2 hours away -- I wonder if it's the same type of thing as in this book.


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