20190823_143838-COLLAGEMy novella, Zombie Reflux, was published in 2014. It’s a satire of contemporary UK society set in a rural Norwich town where the residents are turned into zombies because of pesticide in the surrounding fields. There’s a video of me reading chapter 1 on YouTube, if anyone’s interested.

Next year there is a TV show coming out with a similar storyline to mine: it’s a satire, set in a rural English town and the residents are turned into zombies because of a toxic substance.

But what’s the difference? My story has had modest success and even lost me a few readers/subscribers because it offended some people, whereas this story is having commercial success; it’s being made into a TV show, after all.

So what’s the takeaway? Maybe commercial success has as much to do with timing as having an established readership: maybe a genre or topic has to be right for the market at the right moment to reach its widest possible audience. As for my story? Zombies never die, so the right time will come along. And hey, at least I came up with the idea first!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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