Weekend Novelist
I have been writing since first grade, though never in cursive. I love reading historical fiction, and no period captivates me more than the Wars of the Roses.

imageSource: "The three living and the three dead. Collotype after the Master of the Housebook, 1488-1505. © Wellcome Trust.

Zombies. Zombies have become so engrained into our culture that a few years back the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even capitalized on their popularity to teach emergency preparedness. The word itself is a relatively modern addition to the English language, having been borrowed from Haitian folklore sometime in the nineteenth century, and would have been as foreign to the medieval man as the word zipper. For that reason, the undead are called many things by the characters in the story, but the z-word is never used. Apart from making a few subtle changes, I wanted to stay as true as possible to the spirit of zombie lore that I have grown up with.