Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming--the home of 56 nationalities--it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke currently lives in Columbus, Nebraska, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, two fluffy Corgis named Floki and Siggy, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.
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Tell me a little about your book Humanity's Hope, what can we expect to find in this one?
Humanity’s Hope is the first book in the Saving Humanity series, and it follows the story of Caleb, who is trying to find normalcy after losing his family and friends to zombies. He struggles quite a bit with this because he has PTSD. He then finds out that he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie, so in addition to his mental issues, he becomes a pawn in someone’s game—and he has to figure out what that is.
Tell us about Caleb, what makes him different than other zombpoc protagonists?
Caleb is different from a lot of other zombpoc protagonists because he isn’t your typical tough guy. One of the things zombie stories do really well is show how heroes can rise to the challenge and fight against the undead and whatever evil entity rises along with the creatures (usually some type of power-hungry human). Caleb can rise to the challenge, but it’s often reluctantly and he second guesses his actions all the time.
Your books fall pretty squarely among YA novels, what do you like to feel you add to what's already out there?
I feel like I add another fun story with zombies that young adults can read and enjoy. I also hope to introduce a character that isn’t always strong and that struggles with issues that someone can relate to.
How does the apocalyptic experience differ for teens as compared to adults? What struggles do your characters in books such as Humanity's Hope and Life After the Undead have that might not be as direct an issue for adult characters?
The different between teens and adults in an apocalyptic situation is the amount of experience they have. Teens are incredibly resourceful and flexible, but they lack world knowledge and experience, so they might struggle a little bit with surviving. However, on the other side of that coin, unlike adults, most teens aren’t jaded and set in their ways, so they have the ability and opportunity to rebuild society in ways that adults may have never considered.
You've got quite a widespread field of experience in genre fiction, favoring darker horror favorites like zombies and demons but also covering topics such as romance and science fiction. Would you say there is an overall theme across the board?
There’s a darkness in all of my writing, even in the romantic and science fiction stories. My characters often find themselves in uncomfortable positions, such as the end of the world or trying to discover who they are, and those are pretty scary topics. But I believe that through fears and uncomfortable situations, my characters can discover who they truly are or who they want to be.
What sort of stories do you prefer to write? Across all genres or in each type?
I prefer to write young adult stories. I like having characters that are naïve because then they can learn from their mistakes and be angsty. Adult characters can do the same, but it’s a little more annoying when they are whiny.
Are there character arcs that you like to cover in different ways or do you like to change them around consistently to change things up?
I try to change them up because each character is a unique individual and has their own story.
What else can we expect to see from you in the near future?
You can expect lots in the near future! The third book in The Ifs series (middle grade books), Undead Ifs, will be coming out; the second audiobook in the Life After the Undead series (Death to the Undead) will soon be available; and the second book in the Saving Humanity series (Edge of Humanity) will be available.