Author C.A. (Christine)Verstraete Shares a Peek Into Lizzie Borden’s Zombie World on the OWSCycon Blog Hop

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Find out More About the World of Lizzie Borden, Zombie HunterBlog hopand Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall by Science Fiction/Dark Fantasy Writer C.A. Verstraete During OWS CyCon 2019

Welcome to another fantastic stop in our World-building Showcase blog hop! On this stop, we’re highlighting a story where the world changes or ends as we know it, but you can find a full list of authors and topics on the OWS Cycon website. Let’s dive in!

Welcome C.A. (Christine) Verstraete!

  1. Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, what is Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter about?

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter gives an entirely different reason for the horrific axe murders committed by Sunday School teacher Lizzie Borden on August 4, 1892.

What if Lizzie killed her parents not because of family conflicts, jealousy or greed, but because they’d become… zombies?

The book follows the trial and aftermath of real life events, along with fictionalized story line events as Lizzie tries to uncover deadly secrets and protect her hometown, and her sister, Emma, from these nightmarish ghouls.

2. Does language play any role in your world? Does everyone speak the same language, or is there variety? Did you invent any new slang or terminology during your world-building process?

If you can call grunts and moans a “new” language. Ha! Zombies don’t say much otherwise. But I did use some language and got inspiration from real-life news coverage of the day.

  1. Is there any kind of faith system in your world? Did you draw inspiration from any real cultures, living or dead?

In real life, Lizzie Borden was a Sunday School teacher and attended her congregational church. While she was acquitted of the murders and perhaps thought she could resume some of her life again, I included some events in the story like how she was shunned at church. I decided to include her need for meditation by having her drop in the local Catholic church near her home, just to sit and reflect unnoticed as she felt unwelcome elsewhere.

  1. What do people in your world do for fun? Are there sports, games, music, or other activities they do in their free time?

I hate to say there’s no fun when you’ve been acquitted of murder and still condemned by society, and when killer zombies are roaming the streets. But inside her home, as in real life, Lizzie had to enjoy quiet moments with her sister and a few friends, read, play piano and listen to music. Then there was that huge party she had in real life, which may have been part of the cause for the rift between her and her sister.

  1. What kinds of transportation and other interesting technology do your characters have access to? Are they ahead, behind, or a mix of different kinds of tech compared to where we are now?

As the book is set in 1892 and 1893, there are horses and horse-drawn carriages.

  1. Without giving away too much, what can you tell us about your world-ending event and how it led to the world of your story? Was it a distant event or does it happen as part of your tale?

In Lizzie’s case, her personal world nearly ends as she, her sister, and her self-defense instructor close in on the madmen behind this evil scourge. Then she finds out other details. But there is also huge devastation in Fall River with fires and the chaos of invading zombies destroying much of the downtown. That also is loosely based on the devastation caused by real fires in the city’s past.

Your Process

  1. When you build a world, what is your process like? Do you do a lot of research upfront, wing it completely, or something in between?

In this case, my story is based on real-life events so I researched the trial, used newspaper accounts of the time, actual autopsy reports and crime scene photos, which all are available online.

  1. How central is the setting of your story to the story itself? Is it more of an interesting backdrop, or is it integral to the events of the story?

The location and setting are integral to the story as Lizzie Borden’s life is centered in her hometown and in neighboring cities where the legal proceedings are held. Oddly enough, even after the trial, while she traveled some, she continued to live in the same city, only moving to the “better” side of town where she and her sister bought a huge home.

  1. How much of a role does realism and hard scientific fact play in your world-building? Do you strive for 100% accuracy, or do you leave room for the fantastical and unexplainable in your world?

I based the book on real events, but it definitely enter the “fantastical” realm with the addition of zombies. But if you look at the crime scene photos and autopsy reports, the theory of the father and stepmother becoming zombies is a pretty plausible explanation for the murders.

Where can people find you on the web?

Thanks for hosting me! You can stop by my website, https://www.cverstraete.com or my blog, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com for more details.

For more stops on our End of the World World-building Showcase, visit the tour page on the OWS CyCon website. You can also find more great Sci Fi authors and books on our main Sci Fi event page.

Keywords: OWS CyCon, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, world-building, zombies, apocalypse, Lizzie Borden, alternate history, axe murders

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