Last weekend, I had the extreme pleasure of reading Brit Brinson’s debut novel DIA OF THE DEAD. It was awesome!!! I loved Dia, the main character, so much I had to have an interview. Luckily for all of us she agreed:

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

I typically do but we have used a stunt double once or

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!

Doesn’t she sound awesome?  Dia the Dead can be purchased from Amazon here . Stay Tuned for the plot summary:

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.

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