The Never Slow Dance With A Zombie Fest started off with a bang. The front of the room was decorated like the Winter Dance from my novel. Very low tech, high school cool. After a brief introduction by my friend, G, the zombies come out to Michael Jackson's Thriller, and proceeded to do the zombie dance to a packed house. After about a minute I came out and joined in, although I didn't really know the dance.
Ingrid, a terrific fan, and one of my Zombiettes from Comic-Con, tried to teach it to me a few hours before the fest. But sometimes I'm a slow learner. This was one of those times.
After the dance I thanked Cat Elrod for doing the awesome makeup job. As you can see from the photos she's really good. Then I did a very brief reading from Never Slow Dance With A Zombie, and a brief Q&A.
I mentioned in this blog last week that I had a few big surprises. My first big announcement was that Never Slow Dance With A Zombie has gone into a 2nd printing. A 2nd printing! Wow! The book just came out in September, and I know the order was fairly large. I am flattered and grateful. Thank you, guys, for buying the book.
My second big announcement was about my next project. It's a YA paranormal novella called, I Want You Back... and it's FREE. No purchase necessary. It's an e-book that includes illustrations by my friend, artist, Tatiana (http://www.theartoftatiana.com/). All you have to do to get it is subscribe to my website (http://www.evanlowe.com/) and chapters will be delivered to you free, weekly via email. I Want You Back is about Emy, a 16 year-old high school student who has been dumped by her boyfriend and uses magic to try and get him back. I will tell you more about it in the coming days.
After the announcements I signed a lot of books. I'm happy to sign books for fans, but while I was signing, fans and friends were enjoying the party. *sigh* After the signing I did get a chance to spend some time partying. All-in-all it was a zombi-riffic night. It was so successful there's talk about doing it again somewhere else. I'd like for that to happen so more of you can join in the fun.
I'd like to thank the bookseller, Kamaryn Mai, acting manager at Borders Express in the Fox Hills Mall, for coming out and bringing the books. I'd also like to thank her helper, Jim. They were super.
I'd like to thank Rosie Nieto and her staff at the Los Angeles Meeting & Event Center for giving us so much support for the event. They really made us feel at home. The facility is in Culver City, LA, right across the street from Sony Studios. It's great place to hold a party or event. And Rosie is special.
I'd like to thank Cousin Pam for doing an amazingly creative job with the food. I didn't get many pictures of her culinary creations, but you have got to see the watermelon she cut into a brain. Yes, you heard me, "BRAINS!" You can see this along with more fest photos at http://www.evanlowe.com/. At the Home Page press the button that says Fan Exclusives. And while you're there, why not sign up for the free e-book.
I'd like to thank everyone who came out, especially those who came 3 hours early for special makeup. And finally I'd like to thank my pal, Tatiana, who staged the event for me. She spent two weeks pulling it all together. She did an awesome job, but then she's an awesome person. Thanks, Ta.
Phew! Enough babbling about the Never Slow Dance With A Zombie Fest. Hope we get to do it again... like on the East coast. Tor, are you listening? If you'd like to see photos, remember, they're on my website.