Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Kira Brady: It's the End of the World as We Know It

What happens after the end of the world? We are, as a society, enamored of apocalyptic tales. Whether the crazy man on the street corner with his “THE END IS NEAR!” sign, Brad Pitt in World War Z, Y2K survivalists hidden in their bunkers, or local breweries cashing in on Mayan prophesies with “12 Beers of the Apocalypse,” we like to be scared and we like to prepare. The world might end in war or natural disasters brought on by global warming. My money is on zombies. But what happens next? After the big bang, what kind of characters are tough enough to dig themselves out of the rubble and rebuild civilization?

I’ve always been fascinated by survivalist stories, growing up reading My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, Julie of the Wolves, and Island of the Blue Dolphins. Since discovering romance, I’ve fallen in love with adventure tales like Romancing the Stone – anything where the hero and heroine hack their way out of the wilderness. Talk about a crash course in relationship building! But take the end of civilization and throw in some zombies, and you know your hero and heroine have long odds of making it through the day. I had to explore this scenario, so after destroying the world in Hearts of Darkness when the Gates between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead fall, I had to find two characters who were smart enough and tough enough to make it through the next chapter: hell on earth.

Leif Asgard has a leg up in the survival race because he is an immortal, shape-shifting dragon. His magic blood heals all wounds but a beheading. Strong in his human form, but even more deadly in his dragon form; the Norse zombies – aptrgangr – who stalk the streets of Seattle don’t stand a chance against him, but they threaten every facet of the civilization he’s trying to rebuild. Grace Mercer is only human, and she’s Asgard’s weak spot. Fortunately, she has true grit and has been hunting aptrgangr since before the Gates fell.

Sounds like they have what it takes to survive in zombie-infested, wrecked Seattle, right? That would be too easy. When the Gates fell, Kingu, a Babylonian demigod, escaped the Land of the Dead. They might be able to defeat a few aptrgangr and resist the passion between them, but a full army of the dead led by a demigod in search of god powers will give them a run for their money.

What would you do if everything you knew turned to dust? How would you survive without electricity, running water, transportation, or stocked grocery stores? Do you have the fighting, tracking, hunting, emergency medicine and wilderness skills it would take to survive a disaster of apocalyptic proportions?

One commenter will be chosen at random to win a copy of Hearts of Shadow (Deadglass #2, May 2013, Kensington Zebra).

Kira Brady writes apocalyptic paranormal romance set in a grisly modern day Seattle: Hearts of Darkness (Aug 2012), Hearts of Shadow (May 2013), and Hearts of Chaos (Feb 2014). A native Seattleitte, Kira spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest and drying out by the fire with a good book and a mug of something hot. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her real life Prince Charming and promptly dragged him back to sunless Seattle. She fell in love with historic, haunted cities in graduate school. Now she writes about the twisted cities of her imagination, where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and love redeems even the darkest heart. When not writing, she can be found drinking inordinately large mugs of Assam tea, knitting wool socks, and raising a wee heroine and hero-in-training. Her website is You can find her on twitter @kirabrady and facebook/kirabrady.


Eli Yanti said...

We have been talking about this with my co-worker and we thought we can't survive but at last people always can adaptation with environment and try to start to learn from begining :)

Pat Cochran said...

I can't begin to fathom how one would survive in
an end-of-world situation. It is totally beyond
my skills!

Pat C.

erin said...

Holy crap... I would die.... lol... I have absolutely no extreme survival skills. My bf and I were talking about that after watching Walking Dead and how we should sign up for a class together.

Kira Brady said...

I can see I'm in good company! I love the idea of survivalism, but I would be the first to kick the bucket. (For one, I'm a vegetarian and I'd starve.) Good thing there are a lot of post apocalyptic novels out there now so I can live vicariously. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Lil said...

I likely would have the grit but would lack the knowledge. It would be a heck of a steep learning curve.

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