Nurses & Zombies: Author uses Jackson County as inspiration for apocalyptic novels


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Candy Crum, author of the Eternal Series, poses for a picture Thursday in Seymour. Crum used different locations around Seymour and other surrounding areas in her vampire series.

Take a trip to the grocery store, stop at the nail salon and pass through town. Every day, people go about the streets of Jackson County barely glancing at the many landmarks as they follow the tide with the bustling traffic of U.S. 50.

“That’s what is familiar to me,” author Candy Crum, 27, said.

Crum recently self-published her “Eternal” series, beginning with the novel “The Eternal Gift,” set in areas around Jackson County.

Crum said even though she now lives in Scott County, she considers herself a Jackson County person. Crum was born in Seymour and lived there for nine years until her family moved to Commiskey.

Most people only see fields, trees, places to shop and somewhere to grab a bite to eat, but Crum said she sees so much more. A bustling supermarket parking lot turns into a war zone, cars whiz down side roads during high-speed chases and a nail salon hides Crum’s characters behind racks of polish in Crum’s novels.

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