Interview with Matt Mogh, author of That's Not Your Mommy Anymore
Meet Matt Mogk, Founder of the Zombie Research Sociey, and author of That's Not Your Mommy Anymore, a book to educate the littl'uns about the undead menace. Similar to Pat the Zombie, this is a kids's book aimed at adults, although apparently some kids have had Not Your Mommy read to them and liked it.
I found it entertaining, and if you really do want to educate your child about zombies, there's nothing too graphic in there (although I admit that my sense of what is "too graphic" is probably skewed).
I had a chance to chat with Matt about his book, written for your edification below:
Me: Have you written other children's books, and were they as gruesome?
Matt: I haven't written any other children's books, and don't really intend to. Mommy came out of our desire at ZRS to make this Zombie Awareness Month about helping kids get more prepared for the coming zombie pandemic. One of the ways we thought to do this was to create a kids book, so that's how the idea for Mommy was born.
Me: How about books for older children or for adults?
Matt: I have a book of nonfiction called Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies coming out in October '11 through Simon & Schuster. It's roughly 300 pages and covers all aspects of zombie history, science, survival and pop culture starting from the original modern zombie of George Romero's 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead, and going through the most recent films and research being done today.
Me: Is That's Not Your Mommy Anymore modeled after any author's style or any particular children's book?
Matt: I like to think of it as Dr. Seuss meets Night of the Livin Dead. It was really modeled after the old-school rhyming children's books I remeber from when I was a kid.
Me: The illustrations were great! Have you worked with Aja Wells on other books?
Matt: I have not worked with Aja before. My original plan was to self publish, so I found Aja throuh doing a massive internet search on children's book ilustrators across the world. She was the right person for the job, and then once we got the project off the ground we started getting interest from publishers to come on board.
Me: I'm assuming the book is actually meant for adults, but I might be wrong. Have any kids read this, and if so, what was their reaction?
Matt: It was meant for adults or older children originally, but I know parents who have read it to their young children and they loved it. Kids of all ages are into zombie these days, so as long as they get the humor of it I think it can be enjoyed by pretty much anybody.
Me: I checked out the Zombie Research Society website, and it looks like you've got a lot of material there. How long has the site been going?
Matt: ZRS was founded in 2007. I think the blog has been up since 2008. Not sure about the exact dates, because everything in the organization grows organically, so there has never been a real plan of attack for what we're doing. We just continue to research zombies, because what you don't know can eat you!
Me: Is Jack the Intern a real person?
Matt: Jack the intern is a real person. He is actually not an intern anymore, but that will forever be his name.
Me: Do you get any emails from readers? What are some memorable emails you've received?
Matt: We get emails all the time. Most of them include honest questions about how to become a member, or general science and survival stuff. We do also get joke emails that claim zombies are attacking in a given city. Only a few have been really freaky, when it's not clear if the person on the other end of the line is crazy or just having fun.
Me: What interests you about zombies?
Matt: I got my masters degree in film from New York University where I concentrated on horror in cinema, and did my these on zombies. So I have always been obsessed. But was never as scared watching an zombie movie as I thought I would be in a real undead oubtreak. So that's why I started ZRS. To do real scientific research on what an actual zombie plague would be like.
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