Sharon Day’s career as a writer is picking up momentum.
The Ahwatukee Foothills resident just co-authored and released “Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse” and is currently working on many other projects that deal with the paranormal.
It has been a part of her life since growing up in a house used as a field hospital during the Civil War that she and her family believed to be haunted. Those days and the lessons Day learned from her parents still resonate with her today.
“My parents’ explanation was that there were soldiers who died here and they were away from their families,” Day said. “They were alone, my parents would say, ‘so if you hear or see them, they are just guarding you. They are still on guard duty.’”
She has expanded upon those experiences to write a handful of fiction and nonfiction books and stories. Day also operates a blog called Ghost Hunting Theories, www.ghosthuntingtheories.com.
The idea for a book about zombie housewives came from a photo shoot she and her friend were doing together.
“Once we started thinking about photographing zombies in an apocalyptic setting, we started thinking about traditional housewives of that time period,” Day said of the book, which is set in the 1950s. “Would they even know they are a zombie? When we thought about it, something clicked. This is a plot. What mindless tasks would they have to perform?”
The book separates itself from previous work she has published because it not only features stories and poetry, but it features full-color photos to add depth to the collection.
“There is a lot of narrative about storyline including interviews with housewives and that makes it different than a lot of other books,” Day said. “It’s humorous.”
She said she and co-author Julie Ferguson are working on a series of books with the theme of “zombie housewives,” and will produce the next installment, “Zombie Housewives of the 1960s.”
“Once you start writing and start getting a following, it’s all about the momentum,” Day said. “Half of being a writer is doing everything yourself.”
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