The newest anthology I’ll be part of, Heart of a Child, is officially up on Amazon for preorders! Read below to learn more about the anthology and for a link to get your own copy…
This anthology is the second annual anthology from my favorite writing group on Facebook, Authors’ Tale, that I also happen to be an admin of. Coordinated by the admins and mod and curated by volunteer judges from our members, this anthology is truly a child of the group! (haha, see what I did there?) One of my favorite aspects of Authors’ Tale’s anthologies is the optional workshop. Each person that is submitting a story and chooses to participate in the workshop gets put on the four-week critique schedule. Over that month, each person critiques different aspects of eight other stories (two per week), including character development, storyline, setting, imagery, and more. I love getting the feedback from a handful of people; I’m positive that my story always comes out of the workshop immeasurably improved! Even if I decide not to follow some suggestions by the critiquers, it’s always a positive to consider the options and make sure I understand (as the writer AND reader) why a certain option fits or doesn’t. (Also, critique still isn’t easy for me to swallow, but I’m a glutton for punishment because I know once I get past my hurt feelings, my story will be all the more amazing because of it.)
My story, When Pigs Fly, is about a ten-year-old girl named Lily, who lives in an era where time-travel is a daily occurrence. In fact, learning about time travel is built into standard education. Lily has completed her time travel classes and exams, all that’s left is for her to take her inaugural time trip to an event in history and, after getting back, write an essay about her experience. She decides to see an event personal to her, the moment her parents met, but is distracted when she sees a younger version of her favorite aunt. Her time trip takes an unexpected turn, and Lily is faced with the option of breaking the rules for her aunt’s sake. She attempts to teach her aunt a lesson about loving herself, and Lily might even learn something just as important.
This story and others that are all centered on a PG theme are included in this anthology. Go preorder your paperback copy today, here! And if you haven’t already, make sure to reserve your spot at the Facebook launch event, scheduled for March 24. There will be a bunch of great giveaways, including a chance to win a signed paperback copy of my very own children’s book, There’s No Such Thing as People. I’ll see you there!