Courtesy of Publishers Weekly…

In another effort to update the conventional serial work, Wattpad, the online writing community, is publishing The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, a collaborative work of fiction produced by acclaimed Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood and emerging U.K.-based author Naomi Alderman, who wrote alternating chapters of the comic zombie novel. The story can be read for free on Wattpad, which will post the first three chapters of the 13-chapter story today and will post new chapters each Wednesday until the story is finished in January.

The writers were brought together under the auspices of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts initiative, which pairs a young artist and an established artist together to work on a collaborative project over the course of the year. Wattpad was chosen to be the publishing platform for the writing project. The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home is dark and comic novel about a New York teenager who must deal with the zombie apocalypse after her mom turns into a zombie and eats her dad.

The two writers wrote alternating chapters, both making sure to leave the other a mess of complex and comically overwrought narrative problems to resolve in the next chapter. “The whole process kept me on my toes; it was a lot of fun,” said Atwood, acclaimed Canadian novelist, essayist, critic and a commanding international literary figure. “For me it was pretty daunting to know that my words would be sitting next to those of my personal writing hero! But once I managed to swallow that – like a zombie chewing on delicious brains – it became gleefully joyful to think of some interesting challenges,” said Alderman, a novelist who won the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers and was named The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2007.

You can read the complete article here: Atwood, Alderman Team Up

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