I know that I always say, "I'm not a short story writer" (and I'm not, it's very hard for me) but I have a publisher who was high on cold meds and took my short anyway! Ok, he wasn't high on cold meds, or I think he wasn't at that time, but he still took my short, The Color of Love, anyway. Interestingly enough, I "sold" it on the premise of how the title relates to the story and then I worked with my FANTASTIC editor (Emily Leverett) and the short went from something I thought was a nice idea, to a really lovely story. THANK GOD FOR EDITORS! I mean that with all sincerity!
You likely noticed I put quotes around the word, sold. That's because all writers involved in this project have waved their rights to be paid (EVER) for this book. All proceeds got to LGBTQ charities in North Carolina. Here, I'll explain by copy/pasting from the info John Hartness put on Amazon:
"Over two dozen writers from North Carolina or with deep ties to the Tarheel State band together to raise money for LGBTQ charities in Charlotte and North Carolina as a response to the NC General Assembly's passage of HB2, the "bathroom bill."
We are not discrimination.
We are not hate.
We are not fear.
We are not oppression.
We Are Not This.
Proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to support LGBTQ charities and non-profits in North Carolina."
You can learn more about my story and find links to this amazing endeavor by two dozen writers, by clicking on the picture of the book cover above! Links will be there as well! I hope you enjoy our labor of love...and that you buy a copy, donating to a very worthwhile cause. As far as the other authors involved, see list below.
Until next time, write hard, bathe in imagination, and as Hartness says, READ RECKLESSLY! - Tamsin :)
The authors you can find in this are:
TL;DR - by Michael G. Williams
Trapped - by Theresa Glover
The Slave Trader's Wedding - by AJ Hartley
In the Pasture - by David Childers
The Gem of Acitus - by Jay Requard
The Map of the Way - by Kay McSpadden
For Small Creatures Such as We - by Jennifer Julian
Behind the Canvas - by Caryn Sutorus
Hair Shirt Drag - by Gordon White
Another Way - by S.H. Roddey
Ebony - by Andrea Judy
A Rose, A Dragon - by T. Frock
One-Up-One-Down - by Jake Bible
Out of the Shadows - by Darin Kennedy
The Seventh Sunrise - by James P. McDonald
The Butcher's Witch - by Stuart Jaffe
Headstrong - by Nicole Givens Kurtz
Buttons - by Gail Z. Martin
A Dear, Lovely Thing - by Natania Barron
Scorpio Rising - by C.R.R. Lavene
The Color of Love - by Tamsin Silver
Our Lady of the Flowers Saved My Life - by Charlotte Henley Babb
Threshold Sanctuary - by Erin Penn
God Don't Like Ugly - by Tonia Brown
My Name - by Calandra Usher
The Soldier Who Swung at the End of a Thread - by M. David Blake
Inverted Perception - by Faith Naff
Missing Muse - by Melissa McArthur
Bog - by Trevor Curtis
Lovebite - by Jason Gilbert
The Dark Lady - by Lucy Blue
Rallying for Regular Lives - by Joanne Spataro