Friday, January 3, 2014

Book Reminder: Zombie Housewives


I wanted to start the year with a reminder of what books I have published with Sharon.  I will be hitting the road in the middle of the month with my sister-in-law.  We are taking a day trip to Jerome.  You know I will be taking tons on pictures all around this mining town and sharing all with you.  After that, Sharon and I will be taking a road trip to Death Valley and Las Vegas. (More to come...)

I want to start with our favorite zombie divas:  (All Zombie Housewives links for books, shops, and misc. can be found under the "Zombie Housewives" tab under at the top.)

ZOMBIE HOUSEWIVES OF THE APOCALYPSE: 
This book started it all.  Sharon and I were joking on how the 1950's housewife would probably carry on with her lifestyle even if they became zombies.  After that, Stella and Liz were created.  We didn't think this one through, because we took the pictures at the Slaughterhouse (in Casa Grande) in July when the temperature was about 114 degrees.  We took the pictures quickly and sucked down tons of water with the ac blowing on us when we got back in the car.  We decided that these pictures would be black and white with a little color thrown in.  I was up for the challenge to create the look we wanted for the book.  This book was first published through a publishing agency.  We were not happy with how our book was marketed, so when the contract was up, we decided to self publish this book.  The second version is much better with less advertisement and more of the story of Stella and Liz.

"The toxic bomb apocalypse of the 1950's didn't stop Stella and Liz. These housewives reanimated and continued their days as usual, only with a hunger for living flesh. Stella, the perfect housewife, continued her housekeeping in her zombie state and Liz, the drunken, slutty divorcee housewife, stirred up a Bloody Mary and fell into her usual stupor. This book is for all things zombie, a fun and playful look at the zombie-like existence of housewives through the ages incorporating zombie tips and recipes."

ZOMBIE HOUSEWIVES OF THE 1960'S:
We put more thought in this book from the get go.  First of all, our pictures for the book were taken in the spring when the weather was much better.  We went to a park for most of the shots, and I added background to the interior photos we took.  For this book, the pictures took on a more high intensity look to them.  The 1960's was a fun decade for us to research and incorporate in the book.  It seemed like this decade was meant to be one for the zombies.  In the last book, Stella and Liz were in-laws.  Stella was married to Liz's brother.  For this book, we wanted the characters to fit the decade well.  Colleen and Blossom are sisters.  Where Blossom has chosen to shack up with two zombie men and live in a zommune, Colleen is married to a human and lives more in his world.  The both fight for equal rights for zombies, but Colleen is torn between her two worlds.

"Zombie Housewives of the 1960s, the second in the Zombie Housewives series, takes the reader into the decade of the 1960s where segregation, Vietnam War and interactional relationships are played out in a zombie population. Join Blossom and Colleen on their venture into a tumultuous decade as newly turned zombie women. Enjoy this urban fantasy, social satire, tongue-in-cheek book in Kindle format and this full-color collectible version."

ZOMBIE HOUSEWIVES OF THE 1970'S:
This is a decade Sharon and I remember well.  I went through adolescence, teen years and then adulthood.  The 1970's saw war, picketing for many causes, many styles of clothes, and different types of music.  It was the decade of disaster movies and dance trends.  We had a blast with this book.  We got together before taking pictures to see what situations we wanted the pictures to display in the book.  We took all the photos indoors with a screen behind us and Sharon's photo light.  We posed in various positions in 70's attire so that later I could add the background to fit the pose.  I made the photos faded with a white border.  Many of our photos taken during that era have a yellowish tint to them and we wanted the pictures to reflect that.  I had the most fun creating these pictures for this book.  As for the characters, Mary is the hard working career girl and Melissa is the equal rights/ecomony friendly girl.  Melissa is divorced and Mary stop short of marriage at the alter of her wedding.  They live in the same building and have become good friends.  The zombies in this book are contained by a block fence in a large city known as Crystal City.

"Zombie Housewives of the 1970's is the third in the Zombie Housewives series. Each fun book in the series covers another decade for women and their roles, each placed out with new characters and new zombie apocalypse scenarios. This dark urban humor series, done in color for maximum artistic effect, has been a cult favorite with zombie-themed enthusiasts. Join us in this installment that takes the characters Mary and Melissa through the 1970's decade with a zombie twist that will forever change how you see the dorky 1970's and the zombie-versus-human theme."


4 comments:

  1. this sounds silly... you go girls! you know what i mean, you are the best... i know i have stepped back on the zombies, i have started a "walking dead" tribute site... i will have to have you ladies over for coffee and start that zombie readers club. http://hatethecaptcha.blogspot.com/

    Jeremy

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    1. Fantastic Jeremy! I will check out your new blog and add it to my blog list.

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  2. There were such a joy to write (and pose for). There's nothing like this anywhere - turned those decades on their ears.

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    1. I had a blast doing the photo shoots and altering the photos for each book. I am looking forward to the 1980's.

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