Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Gal's 2017 Halloween Frivolities Day 19: Among the Stacks with Stevie Kopas


Stevie Kopas is one of my favorite female horror authors and a real inspiration.  Her talent is amazing - her characters draw me in every time and hook me throughout the entire story.  If you have not read a Stevie Kopas story, please, go over to Amazon and get one now.  You will not be disappointed.


The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Hey, Stevie.  Thank you so much for coming back to The Gal.  It's been awhile since we sat down together.  What's been going on since we last spoke?

Stevie Kopas:
Thanks for having me back on The Gal! 2017 has been a real rollercoaster, in the writing world and otherwise. My zombie book, Never Say Die, was picked up by Permuted Press and is actually being rereleased in first quart 2018. It’ll have a new cover, some new things changed up a bit in the stories, and more! I’m really excited for the new release. Aside from that, I co-authored a novel with the awesome Stephen Kozeniewski called Slashvivor. That came out in September and it’s been received with open arms from readers. Personally, it’s one of my favorites that I’ve ever written.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Who are you outside of writing?

Stevie Kopas:
Outside of writing, I am a hard-working lady with a love for caffeinated beverages, specifically iced Americanos. I play video games, I love my doggos, and I watch a lot of horror movies.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?

Stevie Kopas:
Honestly, it depends. Of course, you want everyone to read everything that you write, but that’s totally impossible. I don’t think my writing is for everyone in my social circle or everyone in my family, so if they read it, they read it. If not, I’m not mad about it.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

Stevie Kopas:
It’s a bit of both. I think it’s a gift in that I have the ability to create worlds and tell stories that people actually enjoy. On the other side of that coin it’s a curse because I’m so judgmental of my own work that a lot of the time I scrap a WIP if I don’t like it so essentially, I’m just creating extra, unnecessary work for myself and delaying the delivery of new content for readers. I’m the worst.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How has your environment and upbringing colored your writing?

Stevie Kopas:
I’m from New Jersey, I think that’s a nightmare in and of itself, so like, yeah, that explains it.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research for your books?

Stevie Kopas:
Off the top of my head, I think it might be “how long would it take for a penis to fall off a rotting corpse?”

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Which do you find the hardest to write: the beginning, the middle, or the end?

Stevie Kopas:
Beginnings and endings are easy, it's the meat in the middle that's hard.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you outline?  Do you start with characters or plot?  Do you just sit down and start writing?  What works best for you?

Stevie Kopas:
I start with outlining of characters, but generally my rule is that I don’t outline because it’s just the way my mind works. If I force myself to follow some guideline of creativity then I’m just placing myself inside a small box and then I get creatively claustrophobic.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you do when characters don't follow the outline/plan?

Stevie Kopas:
You just have to like, go where your characters take you, man.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you do to motivate yourself to sit down and write?

Stevie Kopas:
It’s generally a voice in my head that says “It’s time to sit the f*ck down and write, woman.”

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Are you an avid reader?

Stevie Kopas:
I used to be.  Like I said earlier, this year has been a roller coaster, so unfortunately, I have had to set a lot of hobbies aside.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What kind of books do you absolutely love to read?

Stevie Kopas:
Post-apocalyptic and dystopian are my go-to genres. Horror mixed in is a win and will definitely pique my interest. I will definitely get turned off to a story if there’s too much romance or a plot line with a bunch of children that need to be taken care of, that’s just not my cup of tea. That’s why the Judith plotline in TWD comic is miles better than the television show.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How do you feel about movies based on books?

Stevie Kopas:
Not all of them are good, but I do enjoy them because some books I’d have never heard of or looked twice at if it weren’t for a film release.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Have you ever killed a main character?

Stevie Kopas:
Oh yeah, almost always.  It's a necessary evil.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?

Stevie Kopas:
Suffering, another necessary evil. Nobody lives a life free of suffering, unless they’re on FB or IG, of course. (Ha!) Anyway, I’m a big fan of stories with horrible endings or neutral endings even. The “oh yay we’re all happy and will live happily ever after” doesn’t fit in every story and bores me. Cabin in The Woods was a great example of this. (Not a book, I know.) You have a story where the characters suffer incessantly and then at the end it’s like, well, cool, our suffering will end, but not in the way that will be happy for anyone.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What's the weirdest character concept that you've ever come up with?

Stevie Kopas:
Weirdest? I don’t know, I would say most interesting… that would be Trevor. He’s a character in a short story in Never Say Die, titled creatively as “Trevor.” I’m actually working on a series based on him. He is a self-aware zombie torn by his morals and doesn’t want to kill all humans. So, think of maybe Dexter, but as a zombie. If we’re talking weirdest, then I’d say every character in Slashvivor! fits that bill. They’re all psychotic weirdos.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What's the best piece of feedback you've ever received?  What's the worst?

Stevie Kopas:
All feedback is great. I love it, give it to me, don’t ever stop giving me feedback. The worst piece of feedback I ever received, though, was that I hated women because of the way I wrote Moira and Michelle in The Breadwinner and Haven. I could laugh for hours about it.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do your fans mean to you?

Stevie Kopas:
They mean the world to me, seriously.  Why else would I write?

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
If you could steal one character from another author and make them yours, who would it be and why?

Stevie Kopas:
I would steal Cersei Lannister from Martin. I don’t think I need to explain this since she is just next level awesome and probably my favorite character in any series.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
If you could write the next book in a series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?

Stevie Kopas:
I’d return to the Hunger Games universe and Katniss would leave that awful little dude Peeta, face her PTSD, and go live the life she deserved and have adventures. She wouldn’t chill out all boring-like and fall into the clutches of domestication.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?

Stevie Kopas:
I honestly would love to dive deeper into the characters of Slashvivor with Stephen Kozeniewski. I think we could tell awesome tales and origin stories based on Charming Charlie, Dr. Feelbad, and Raze. They’re my three favorites from the book. Especially since Doc and Feelbad are sort of like psycho-killer BFFs. It would be fun to explore.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What can we expect from you in the future?

Stevie Kopas:
Well, Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombie Apocalypse is getting that rerelease under Permuted, so be on the lookout for that. I’m also currently working on Trevor: King of Zombies, based on fan favorite Trevor, from Never Say Die. There will be a sequel, but I can’t give away the name, because that’s a massive spoiler.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Where can we find you?  (STaLKeR links.)

Stevie Kopas:
Yay!  Who doesn't love stalkers?
            Come like my page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, check out my terrible website and blog, read my reviews, and give my author page a like and follow.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have any closing words for your fans or anything you'd like to say that we didn't get to cover in this interview or the last?

Stevie Kopas:
Make sure you support indie authors and leave reviews. They mean a lot to us authors. Share when you can, spread the word to your horror loving friends and family when you really enjoy something. Most importantly, thank you so much for taking the time and reading anything I’ve ever written whether it be one of my short stories in an anthology or one of my novels. I’m not worthy!


About the author:
Stevie Kopas was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  She is a gamer, a writer, and an apocalypse enthusiast.  Stevie will never turn down a cup of coffee and might even be a bit of a caffeine addict.
            Stevie is the author of The Breadwinner Trilogy.  Books 1 and 2, The Breadwinner and Haven, were originally self-published in 2013 and 2014.  The Breadwinner Trilogy was picked up by Permuted Press in May of 2014 and the second editions of both the first books were released in March and April of 2015.  The third and final installment in The Breadwinner Trilogy, All Good Things, debuted in May of 2015.  In June of 2015, The Breadwinner was the number one bestselling dystopian novel on Amazon.
            Her fourth book, Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombies Apocalypse, was released in May 2016, then rereleased by Permuted Press earlier this year.
            Her fifth book, co-authored with Stephen KozeniewskiSLASHVIVOR, was released September 2017.
            Kopas also participated in the At Hell's Gates horror anthologies and all profits are donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  Her short stories, Nefarious, Patient 63, and Spencer Family Tradition can be found in the first three volumes of At Hell's Gates.  Her other short story, Camp Counselors Wanted, can be found in Man Behind the Mask, a charity anthology that donates all proceeds to breast cancer research.
            She currently resides in Panama City Beach, Florida, and tries to spend as much time as she can soaking up the sun.
            Stevie is also the Managing Editor of the website Horror Metal Sounds and a writer for the site.  Offline, Stevie is a telecommunications professional.

            You can visit the official website, connect on Facebook, and also follow Stevie on Twitter.


About the books:
The end of the world is not glamorous.
            In a matter of days the human race was reduced to nothing more than vicious, flesh hungry creatures.
            Criminal defense attorney Samson struggles to keep his family safe and his sanity intact when the world comes apart at the seams.  Veronica, the high school track star, races to get her brother out of their doomed city.  Ben, a military veteran, is forced to come to grips with the end of the world as he fights the undead.  Andrew, a police officer, struggles to maintain some sort of humanity in a world overrun by death and destruction.
            There are no heroes here, just survivors, and they all have one thing in common: who you once were can no longer determine who you will be in the face of catastrophe.
            The Breadwinner, book one in The Breadwinner Trilogy, thrusts you head first into post-apocalyptic Northwest Florida and will leave you craving more.


Having barely escaped the clutches of the undead, the survivors of The Breadwinner are headed into the unknown to continue their search for solace in the post-apocalyptic landscape.  Once a paradise for the living, the city of Haven is now crawling with flesh hungry creatures - yet it could be their only hope.
            Veronica, Samson and the others take a chance on the promises of Gary, a solitary survivor.  Is the light-hearted newcomer all that he seems or are there sinister motives hidden behind his hospitality?
            Can Michelle and Lulu, two ordinary women faced with extraordinary horrors and obstacles, make it to safety?  Or will they each become just another undead face in the hordes roaming the streets of Haven?
            When tragedy strikes, worlds collide, and the survivors must band together against their common enemy.  But remember, who you were does not determine what you will become in the face of a catastrophe.  The dead may no longer be their greatest threat.
            Welcome home.  Haven is hell.


Locked up safely behind the walls of their glamorous beach resort, our survivors have grown comfortable, almost forgetting that the undead are still on the prowl in the streets below.  But when the group loses one of their own under mysterious circumstances, they begin to question whether or not staying at the resort is their best option.
            Friends turn on one another and once again, the group finds themselves back on the apocalyptic streets of Haven, battling the dead.  The biggest threat yet emerges and a traitor is revealed, proving once and for all that the flesh hungry creatures infesting the city are not the group's greatest foe.
            Will our survivors be able to make it out alive one last time?
            The final book in The Breadwinner Trilogy is a non-stop, post-apocalyptic race to the finish line.  Murder, lies, capacity, and a seemingly never ending onslaught of the dead are just some of the challenges our group will face.
            Fates hang in the balance but once thing is certain: the end of the world is not glamorous, and All Good Things must come to an end.


Family, friends, lovers...
            Those are just a few examples of the strong bonds that hold humanity together.  But when the dead begin living, and the living start to die, who will remain connected, and who will be torn apart?

Never Say Die: Stories of the Zombie Apocalypse, explores how different relationships are put to the ultimate test when the end of the world comes crashing down around them.
            Some will live, some will die, but one thing is for certain: Some bonds don't break.

Jack: Years after the zombie outbreak decimates the population, Jack's sister is mysteriously taken.  Will he be able to find his sister, or better yet, once he finds her, will he be able to accept what she has become?

Gordon & Elena: The morning of an estranged couple's divorce is about to get a lot more stressful when a mysterious illness turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected.  Will the two be able to set their differences aside before their journey's end?

Patient 63: After a terrorist attack, civilization crumbles when a lab-created virus infects over half the world's population.  Dr. Henrick Kennedy has found the vaccine in his sixty-third patient, a former infected, but his intentions are anything but good.  Graham, a lonely janitor, has fallen in love with the imprisoned Patient 63.  But is love enough to save the world, or will love be the means to an end all over again?  (Previously released in At Hell's Gates, Volume 2: Origins of Evil.)

Rosie: A little girl is given a vaccine to protect her from the impending zombie apocalypse, but when things don't go as planned, Rosie and her mom must find a way to escape their home and make it to the evacuation zone alive.  The human race may depend on it.


Trevor: A troubled young man makes the decision to end his life, but when the dead come back to life and his city is overrun, Trevor has suddenly found the will to live again, only this time he realizes he has a found a new purpose in life: Revenge.


Try Not to Die

TV-XXX (Salty language, Sexual innuendo, Vomit-inducing ultraviolence)

TBA.  Pirate transmission.

North America's number one reality television show returns with instant fan favorite Dawn Churchill, a plucky, hometown girl from the irradiated ruins of the former United States.  Will she survive the night in the electrified, booby-trapped arena or will one of the serial killers pitted against her come out on top?
            Returning slashers include evil animatronic Abraham Lincoln, eight year old "Daughter of the Devil" Abadonna, and all-time undefeated champion Denney the Killer clown.  (Plus surprise appearances by mad surgeon Doctor Feelbad, silver-tongued "Charming" Charlie Whitmore, and steel-clawed firebrand Razortooth.)
            A night of chills, thrills, and endless buckets of blood.  A must-see for Dawn's innovative use of a shotgun alone.  Fun for the whole family!

Host: Mark Winters

Producers: Marisol Martinez, Amy Green, Jacob Graves, Derron James

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