The last few months have been a whirlwind! Undead Ultra ebook and print books came out in April. I spent the rest of April and a chunk of May working on the audio version with the talented Gwendolyn Druyor. Then I buckled down and pulled together my team of runners for the Undead Ultra Relay. My fellow crazies ran with me from Geyserville to Arcata, following the 200+ mile route Frederico and Kate ran in the novel. I've spent the last few weeks organizing video clips from the run and writing a script for the Undead Ultra Relay Documentary. Whew! And here we are, at the beginning of July, and we've just wrapped up the last week of the Undead Ultra Blog Tour with CBB Book Promotions. I am now relaxing in a resort in Escondido, enjoying time with the family. Honestly, I'm sort of exhausted . . . but that doesn't stop me from scouting out the nearby SoCal hills for some good running trails!
OK, not being a runner, I found the idea of Ultra Marathons absolutely fascinating. The fact that people put themselves and their bodies through that was shocking!! The authors descriptions of what happens to them and what they go through was so real that I winced a lot!! . . . In all, this was such an awesome read. I loved absolutely everything about it, from it's unique method of transport ;), to it's brilliantly written plot, this is a must read. I've read some of this authors previous work and this one just makes me love her writing style more. I highly recommend you check this book out!!!
I loved this book! I started off not knowing what "Ultra" meant but quickly learned that it is about people who run what are called "Ultramarathons" which can be 35 miles or hundreds of miles. Something I had not heard of. So we meet Kate and Frederico, 2 running friends who both have older children. . . . Frederico and Kate are both very complex characters and very well-written. It was very realistic even being in a surreal environment because it showed the reality of ultramarathons and the courage to go on even when you don't think you can. I read this book in one night it was so good I could not put it down! Definitely one to check out if you love zombie novels :)
Q: If you were running an ultramarathon with a new writer...what writing/publishing wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the finish line?A: I would tell her that writing novels and running ultra marathons aren’t all that different. Both require commitment, practice, and patience. Their similarities are probably why I’m drawn to both of them.
Undead Ultra by Camille Picott is not a book I would normally read. Horror/zombies are totally out of my reading element. However, I was really intrigued by the plot of the story. My older daughter runs cross country/distance (though nowhere near ultra length) so I understood the running element of the story. As a mother, I can imagine Kate’s need to undertake this journey, no matter the odds. The story was well written. I felt the angst while I was reading.