Name - Dearly, Departed ( Goodreads )
Author - Lia Habel ( Profile )
Release date - October 2011
Genre - Steampunk/Paranormal/Sci-Fi
As far as romantic pairings go in the year 2195, you don't get much more unlikely than an upper-class schoolgirl and a poor miner from enemy tribes. Filter in the fact that he's a zombie, and you're definitely talking about star-crossed love.
Dearly, Departed is a cyber-Victorian/steampunk romance that takes place in the shadow of a new ice age. Nora Dearly, a mouthy teenage girl and apparent orphan, leaves school for Christmas - only to be dragged into the night by the living dead. Luckily for her, though, the good ones got to her first. From her reanimated rescuers she learns not only that zombies are roaming the countryside, but that her father is one - and that he's in terrible trouble. She also meets Captain Bram Griswold, a noble, strong, and rather sweet undead boy for whom she starts to fall.
Meanwhile, her best friend, Pamela Roe, is just trying to carry on with life as best she can in the wake of Nora's disappearance - when she ends up killing an evil zombie in self-defense. Pam is galvanized into action, and ends up leading a group of survivors as the city of New London is thronged by the ravenous dead.
Upon hearing of Pamela's plight, Nora and Bram set out to rescue her friends, find her missing father, and maybe just save what's left of the world.
Character Profile -Bram Griswold
I really, really love getting into the head of my male hero, Abraham Griswold. I honestly find it easier to write from his point-of-view than my heroine’s, at times. At the very least, it tends to take me longer to slip into Nora’s headspace than Bram’s.
Bram was born as a response to all the “bad boys” I kept reading…and reading…and reading. I don’t know what happened, but it seemed, back in 2008, that I found myself picking up book after book wherein the male love interest was dark and broody and angsty and…you know. I found myself wanting to create a really good guy to balance all of them out – and why shouldn’t that good guy be a member of the walking dead, to boot?
When we meet him, Bram’s a zombie – and has been for two years. He’s a walking corpse, a self-described cannibalistic revenant, who nonetheless has managed to control his urges and go on to great things. Recognizing the fact that he should not be alive gives Bram the desire to do something with the remaining, all-too-short years he has available to him. I honestly think that living Marines would probably weep in the face of this young man’s resolve.
The (still very attractive) dead farmer-turned-miner-turned-army-captain-becoming-doctor faces many physical challenges – but his mind and heart are always in the right place. I think that’s what makes him so much fun to write. He’s an officer and a gentleman, through and through; he’s noble and just. He gets angry, of course; he skirts dangerously close to the edge of his control; he ruminates on what might have been. He even occasionally still thinks of ending it all. But then, he wakes up to take on another day. And I absolutely love him for that. And so does Nora.
I’ve always adored monsters. When I was a child, I was going to marry Hank McCoy (Beast from the X-Men); as a teen, I desperately wanted The Phantom of the Opera. There’s something about the juxtaposition of a monstrous exterior with a beautiful nature that I find really attractive, and hopefully I’m able to bring that to Bram.
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