Goodreads asked Erika Mailman:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Erika Mailman I'm working on a novel about Lizzie Borden for release from a small press in 2017. I had been fascinated by this accused-but-acquitted ax murderer ever since I heard the rhyme "Lizzie Borden took an ax, gave her mother forty whacks...." I've read widely on the case, including a wonderful old volume that has the court transcripts. This last summer I was able to visit the house in Fall River, Massachusetts, where the crimes took place. It definitely helped me fill out and flesh out the novel. Check my blog at for posts about Lizzie Borden (if you see the upper right hand of my blog home page, there's a place to click to see all the Lizzie posts).

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