~About the Book~
Dia of the Dead by Brit Brinson
Protecting Romero High from all things supernaturally spooky as Dia Muerto is a tough gig for sixteen-year-old actress Dia Summers, but it’s nothing compared to protecting the ones she loves from real, live—well, formerly alive—zombies. Unlike the zombies that shambled around on set, the real deal don’t follow a script.
At the majorly important birthday party of her boss’ daughter, Dia experiences a series of potentially career-ruining social disasters. Before the night is over, she soon discovers that the possible cancellation of her show isn’t her biggest worry.
Armed with what they can find around Bixby Studios, Dia and her friends band together to find out why everyone they know has begun popping up as gray-skinned, black-eyed, limb-nomming zombies. With the ailment spreading, time is running out before Dia is swept up in Hollywood’s latest trend.
~About the Author~
Brit Brinson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After time away to attend college and graduate school, she returned home. When she’s not writing, she enjoys doing nerdy stuff with her friends. She lives for all things horror, paranormal, and sci-fi.
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~Meet Dia Summers~
So Ms. Dia Summers, you’re the star of a hit series show on one of the biggest networks on tv. How did you get your start into acting?
Dia of the Dead is not only my first starring role, it’s also my first role. Other than acting out scenes from my favorite movies in my living room for my dog, Frank, I haven’t done much acting.
How did you land a deal like “Dia of The Dead?”
With a little bit of luck [laughs]. I attended a cattle call for a new show on Bixby. There were tons of other girls there. Some I’d seen on other shows. I didn’t think I would get the part but my mom gave me a pep talk before I went in to read. I must’ve done well because they called me back for a second audition [laughs].
What can you tell us about your hit show “Dia of The Dead?”
Dia of the Dead is a show about Dia Muerto--zombie high school student by day, kick-butt crime fighter by night. Dia was once a regular old ninth grader until she got into a freak accident and was brought back to life by Romero, California’s resident mad scientist, Dr. Fink. He kinda acts like her dad but not even he knows she protects the town from all the supernatural baddies that stop by to wreak havoc. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.
Anything “crazy” ever happen on set?
Once my co-star Mason Jackson brought his pet pig Li’l Mason with him to set. He was supposed to keep the pig in his dressing room but somehow it ended up on set and ran through the studio audience. It look like three hours for people to catch him. We had to end filming early.
Do you do your own stunts?
I typically do but we have used a stunt double once or twice.
We just have to know? Any Bixby Studio set romances brewing? I hear Mason and Brendan are totally single!
[Giggles] No comment.
Who’s been the most exciting person to work with on set?
I’m going to say Kaci Miller. Even though she plays Addison, Dia’s nemesis at Romero High, Kaci is totally not like her character at all. She has the ability to turn a long day of filming into a party. She’s really fun to work with and so friendly and caring. I just love her.
What is it like for an actress of color to retain a presence on screen for a MAJOR network?
It’s an honor. My mom and I talk about this all the time. When I first got the role of Dia Muerto, it was a big deal but I didn’t think it was a big-BIG deal but my mom…my mom like broke it down for me. She explained how important I could be to some little girl or boy of color that sees me on TV because the media needs more diversity. She said seeing me as Dia Muerto might inspire them to pursue their dreams. If I were able to actually do that, it would make me so happy.
What’s the best advice you’ve learned in the industry?
Be yourself. While it might seem pretty simple, sometimes it’s really hard to do.
Have anything next lined up and where can we see you next!
I have a few scripts for movies that I’m looking currently looking over so hopefully you all will see me on the big screen soon!