Amanda is a ten year old girl who has just learned that monsters are much more real than she ever imagined. Not only are they real, but these undead, flesh-eating creatures seem to be taking over all the adults of her tiny town like a viral pandemic. With the help of her new-found friend, the young adult Ellie (who is mysteriously unaffected by the zombie curse--at least, for now), Amanda makes her way across her tiny town to her little brother and a mismatched band of children all looking to her for guidance. Only, Amanda is only a child herself; and there are dozens of these creatures after them at every turn. And Amanda just wants her mommy. This is a paraquel to Blind Hunger, by Araminta Star Matthews. At the end of Blind Hunger, we find the child survivors of the zombie apocalypse in a small New England town rushing toward a mysterious grocery-store warehouse three hundred miles away to meet Amanda. This is the story of the warehouse--and perhaps what awaits the Blind Hunger survivors once they finally arrive. If they arrive, that is.
Araminta Star Matthews was born to a pair of geeks from very different geekdom styles: her mother, an avid Stephen King enthusiast, blacked out the windows in her crypt-style bedroom and drank tomato juice lovingly labeled "Fresh Blood;" while her father, a science-fiction/fantasy junky, read her The Lord of the Rings (with voices) on nights he wasn't building his to-pewter-figurine-scale Dungeons and Dragons models. She is pretty proud of her geek heritage, straight down to her redheaded roots, and wears the geek label with pride (sewn into all her cotton shirts). In her books, you see a blend of these two lifestyles: quirky sci-fi fantasy meets dark, bloody horror. At least, she hopes that's what you see...
In addition to being an uber-geek, Araminta is an accomplished educator at both the secondary and postsecondary level, having earned a terminal degree in Creative Writing (she could just call it an MFA, but "terminal" is so much more appropriate). She is passionate about her subject and loves bringing new ways of reading and writing to her students. Her book, Write of the Living Dead, coauthored with Rachel Lee and Stan Swanson, brings many of her writing lessons to print.
Because Araminta can't bring herself to sit still even for a moment, she spends her spare time (when she is not teaching or writing or editing) playing MMORPG's, reading (mostly classics), and inventing. She lives in Central Maine with her family.