Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy.

Quick Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

I get a lot of questions about my books, my career, and even me. Here is my updated FAQ as of September 12, 2015

Publishing Questions

Can you please read my manuscript, give me feedback, and be my mentor?
I honestly cannot. For one thing, I simply do not have the time. Secondly, if I do read a book before it’s publication date, this is arranged through the publisher of the novel (or the author), and usually for the purpose of obtaining a blurb. I have only done this maybe four times in the last four years.

Please do not send your manuscript/book to me unsolicited I will delete it immediately due to legal issues to protect you and me.

If you need feedback on your novel, I highly recommend joining a writing group either online, or in your local area.

I’m emailing you my manuscript. Please send it to your agent/editor.
I have only referred four people to my agent. She picked up two of them, but they already had offers on the table from publishers. Also, I have learned my lesson and never send her anything I haven’t read already, and I barely have time to even read for leisure nowadays.

Tor still allows unagented submissions. You can send your manuscript directly to Tor. The guidelines are here.

My advice on how to get an agent is outlined in this post “By Popular Request- My Publishing Guide” from my blog. It also includes a complete list of resources I use to self-publish.


As The World Dies Zombies Series

How did you get the idea for the first scene in the book?

It came to me in a vivid image while I was at work one day. During my break, I wrote a short story called “Tiny Fingers.” I posted it online and it received some very good feedback. And then people asked for more. That’s how AS THE WORLD DIES was born.

Why did you decide to have two female protagonists?

It just happened that way. They were the characters that popped onto the screen in my mind’s eye, so I wrote their story.

Will there be more As the World Dies books?

I have no plans to continue writing about the fort or its inhabitants. I feel that the AS THE WORLD DIES trilogy finished on a solid note. It was the story of Jenni and Katie surviving and creating a new life for themselves in the new zombie-infested world and it ends at just the right point. I was very happy with the ending and felt it wrapped up all the important questions. You can read my much longer answer here.

What are the differences in the As the World Dies books published by TOR? And are the books different from the originals?

There aren’t any major differences in the overall plot or characters. In fact, the editor from Tor helped me flesh out the storyline and encouraged me to go to a greater depth in the character development. There are a slew of new scenes in FIGHTING TO SURVIVE that I had a lot of fun writing. SIEGE has also undergone quite a transformation and it’s a leaner, meaner, and better book now.

I would say that the Tor editions are the ultimate versions of all three novels.

Why did you kill __________?

When I write it’s like I’m watching a movie in my mind and transcribing what I see. If I see a character die “on screen,” they die in the story. It’s a hard rule to follow sometimes. I don’t like killing characters.

Are there other stories in the As the World Dies universe that I can read?

There are! I wrote a few side stories for the fans of the series and they have now been published in the Untold Tales Volumes 1-3. I have also written a Jenni & Katie Untold Tale called Deadly Night. All books are available in paperback and ebook. You can find buy links under the My Books section on this site. Enjoy!


The Tale of the Vampire Bride

What genre is the TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE? Is it a romance novel?

I would classify it as gothic horror or paranormal fantasy. It is not a paranormal romance novel though there is an element of romance in it. The book is pretty much straight out supernatural horror with rich gothic overtones.

What is the age appropriateness for this book?

The book has gore, blood, sex, and violence. I would suggest that any parent read it first before handing it over to their teenager.

How many vampire bride books will there be? Is it a trilogy?

The Vampire Bride series will definitely have three books. I would love to publish THE LAMENT OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE, the third book in the series, but at this time I don’t have the funds to self-publish. These books take much longer to write due to the research and are much more expensive to edit/copyedit. 

The Last Bastion of the Living

Will there be a sequel?

There is a sequel! It’s called THE LAST MISSION OF THE LIVING. I have plans for probably 2-3 more books in the Bastion series. I love that world and I’m excited to revisit it.

Will Maria be returning?

Each Bastion book will have a new female protagonist, but that doesn’t mean Maria may not return in the future books in a limited capacity. The majority of her story was already told in the first book.

Pretty When She Dies

What genre is PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES? Is it a romance novel?

I would classify the novel as horror/urban fantasy. It is not a romance novel. The book has a lot of violence and gore, but also has some sexy parts, humor and adventure in it.

Are there zombies in this book? I like your zombie books and don’t like vampires.

There are necromancers and zombies in this book. They are not the Romero zombies, but they are undead creatures controlled by a necromancer and very dangerous. I understand that people are wary of vampires since the sparkly kind have gotten so popular, but my vampires are the old fashioned kind. They will kill you. And like doing it.

What is the age appropriateness for this book?

The book has gore, blood, sex, and violence. I would suggest that any parent read it first before handing it over to their teenager.


 How many books are in the series?

Right now there are three books (PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES, PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS, PRETTY WHEN SHE DESTROYS) and a novella (PRETTY WHEN THEY COLLIDE) set before the trilogy featuring Cass and Aimee, the dhamphir and witch from the series.

Will there be more books?

Honestly, I don’t know. But I’m not opposed to writing more about Amaliya and Cian if I get a really awesome idea. There will be more novellas about Cass and Aimee.

The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters

Will there be a sequel to The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters?

There is a companion piece to the story called “Stop Requested.” It’s a short story in the zombie anthology ZOMBOLOGY. It will also appear in my short story collection “Cthuhlu’s Daughter and Other Horror Tales” in 2012.

I am toying with the idea of making it into a trilogy, but I’m not sure yet. Sales for the first book haven’t been all that great. If you like the book and want more, please recommend it to friends! If the sales pick up, I’ll seriously consider writing another.

What is the age appropriateness for this book?

I wrote this novel for my nephews and nieces. I aimed for the age of ten when writing the story, but adults really love the novel, too. It has been described as “The Goonies meets Night of the Living Dead.” I rather like that description.



  • http://roeisbusywriting.wordpress.com/ Roe

    People need to realize that authors are very busy. Also that being a great writer doesn’t make you the king or queen of book knowledge. There are many people out there who can help with a manuscript and if you join the writing community at large, you’ll find them. Congrats on all your success Rhiannon and almost every author has a book fans never want to end.

  • rhiannon

    I’m glad that fans enjoy my books so much they want more! It’s a huge compliment. Thanks for commenting, Roe. :)