Zombie Author Patrick Freivald

Zombie Author Patrick Freivald

Patrick Freivald is the author of
 Twice Shy
Special Dead  (July, 2013)
 Freivald has also published a short story to accompany the novels:
 Love Bites

About Patrick Freivald

Patrick Frievald is a high school teacher in  a small town in western New York. He teaches  physics, robotics and sign language. His robotics team  is the regional champion for the Finger Lakes Area.

Frievald is married. He calls his wife The Redhead (tm), and often makes special mentions to her in personal comments on his work. He and his wife keep bees, grow much of their own food, and live in an unspoiled country setting.

Though he didn't set out to write a young adult zombie novel, his key protagonist IS a teenage girl. That does tend to set him up for a certain market. His books appeal to readers of all ages, though elements of Twice Shy are quite dark. His first book was very well received, with positive reviews from Kirkus, Johnathan Maberry,  Lisa Morton, and HorrorNews.

What Makes Patrick Freivald Unique?

Patrick Freivald has chosen a slightly different take on the zombie apocalypse. The world Freivald creates seems to "normalize" zombies. He's not the only one to envision a somewhat stable post-apocalypse society, but there are few books that tackle the issue in this exact manner.  His intentions were to go against type.

As he explains:
"Most zombie books are placed in one of two settings: the apocalypse is happening right now, and the characters are trying to survive as the world goes to hell, or the apocalypse happened some time ago, and the characters are trying to survive in a postapocalyptic wasteland... One of the tropes that I wanted to upend was this notion that a coordinated military response couldn't or wouldn't contain an outbreak."
So, instead of staying within the two most common circumstances, Patrick Freivald tried something new:
"In Twice Shy, the "apocalypse" didn't destroy civilization. The details are left vague, but the Zombie Apocalypse happened when Ani (the protagonist) was an infant, and after it was contained life went on much as normal.
To that end, ZV is just a fact of life, and while the major outbreak of Ani's infancy changed the way that the world works, it is to her like 9/11 or Columbine is to kids today, or like Vietnam was to kids of my generation -- something that happened "a long time ago" that profoundly impacted everything, but not in ways that are immediate, or that we think about as we go about our daily lives."
I was most interested in what Patrick Freivald had to say toward the end of his remarks.  It's this kind of insight that really got my attention.  What did he say? Just this:
"People believe that however they grew up is normal, no matter how weird it is."
They sure do. What, really, is the difference between living with zombies and living with some of the dangers we already experience?

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