Friendy Friday with Z. Allora!
Greetings and Salutations! It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and what better way to get spooky and creepy than to talk Zombies!
I met Z. Allora in the flesh at the Dreamspinner Author Workshop and she's just one of those people that makes you feel loved and welcomed from the start. I'm so grateful to have her here today, and instead of our usual interview, Z. has a lesson for us on nonbinary characters. Take it away Z.!
I want to thank R.L Merrill for having me on today and letting me share Zombies Coming with you. To celebrate the re-release of this book (re-edited & re-covered) I’m doing a giveaway of the first book in the series (if you already read that one we’ll figure out something. Details below.)
I’m re-releasing Zombies Coming on my birthday because in many ways one of the main characters is like me: nonbinary. Erick McGarth is nonbinary of the transfeminine variety. I’m of the transmasculine meaning more boy in my brain than girl.
Pronouns for cisgender people usually match their anatomical sex. For transgender people they use pronouns that match their gender identity.
Now what about folks who look at the male – female boxes and shrug?
Nonbinary or genderqueer people don’t fit into those gender boxes so sometimes ask to be called by gender neutral pronouns.
Here are some options:
At the time of this post, neither he nor I claimed have claimed different pronouns than the ones bestowed on us at birth … as of yet.
A number of reasons:
1) We (Erick & I) “look” the gender we are clocked as (according to society’s norms)
2) Explaining nonbinary to people on a day to day basis can be exhausting. I’ve had people simply say “it’s just grammatically incorrect to use they” >>> fighting society’s expectation of your assigned anatomical sex at birth is hard enough without someone telling you they don’t want to validate you because of grammar… yes it is pretty horrible.
3) Asking for something and then having someone say no… Just gives people one more opportunity to kick us.
4) Neither Erick or I like upsetting people. People become uncomfortable when they get things wrong… and we look like what society says we’re supposed to….
But I will say the Zombies Coming cover made me cry when I saw it. Erick looks exactly how I look to myself (before I look in the mirror).
Keep in mind everyone has a unique journey in life. Every nonbinary people expresses themselves differently, and in Zombies Coming this is only how one person has decided to live their truest self… at this time.
Giveaway: Leave a comment about your favorited mated pair to be entered for a chance to win Zombies Ahead and Zombies Suck (or something else from my backlist).
Zombies suck—but they’re not after brains! These zombies are young, hot, and looking for their mates.
Cassidy Frost, who writes everyone else’s happily ever after, has all but lost hope he’ll ever find his own. Every night he’s sucked until his jaw hurt, praying for his other half more out of habit than faith his mate is out there. Life has never been kind so he doesn’t dare hope fate will simply drop his mate into his lap.
Erick McGrath learned how cruel and short life could be when he lost his brother. Despite his parents’ toxic attitude, Erick decides to take steps in accepting his nonbinary gender identity. Going to Club Zombie’s Drag Night is his first attempt at embracing his new grasp at freedom.
A stumble lands him into the arms of an angel, but he knows better than to believe in something that good.
Both of them seem to be each other’s dream come true, but Cassidy and Erick will have to take risks to have what they desire.
(Zombies Coming is part of the Club Zombie series but can be read as a standalone for a perfectly happy and satisfying ending.)
This is a sexy happily ever after with lighthearted fun. Zombies suck but mine swallow.
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2nMzu2W
Z. Allora believes in happily-ever-afters for everyone. Z. met her own true love through the personals and has traveled to over thirty-four countries with him. Z.’s lived in Singapore, Israel, and China. Now back home in the USA, Z.’s a strong supporter of those on the rainbow in her community. Z. wants to promote understanding and acceptance through her actions and words.
Writing rainbow romance that explores the spectrum within each letter of the LGBTQIA+ community allows Z. to validate and open hearts as well as bring a greater understanding of orientation and gender.
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