Today I’m celebrating the release of two new anthologies from Elephant’s Bookshelf Press: Summer’s Edge and Summer’s Double Edge. These two collections feature stories of a changing or evolving relationship of some kind.
I’m proud to have a story included in Summer’s Double Edge. “Unearthed” follows two archaeologists, with a tumultuous past, who are assigned to a new dig and discover a long hidden secret that unearths feelings they’ve both kept buried for years. It proved to be a welcome challenge for me as it made me stretch my writing chops in many ways.
As part of today’s celebration, I’m participating in a blog hop with three other extraordinary writers also featured in these anthologies: Jean Oram, MarcyKate Connolly & Michelle Hauck.
In this fun endeavor we’ve swapped questions about the anthology or about short story writing in general. As you travel from blog to blog you will see each of our answers. As I love music and film, I asked the following questions:
If you could give your characters a theme song, what would it be?
Jean: I think the main character (she’s unnamed!) in my story, “Gown For Sale,” would definitely be listening to something angsty. Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” came to mind immediately as her theme song. Oh boy! Look out world! There is NOTHING like a woman scorned. 😉
MarcyKate: “Don’t Fear the Reaper.”
Michelle: The song that immediately popped into my head was an old eighties song, “Working for a Livin’” by Huey Lewis and the News. It does a great job of expressing the working-man situation my main character faces. He’s an average Joe, trying to scrape by, until a not so ordinary event confronts him.
If your short story was made into a film, who would you choose to play the main characters?
Jean: I am so out the movie loop–the last time I made it to a theatre was over 2 1/2 years ago and that was to watch ‘Tangled,’ but thanks to my good buddy Google, I came up with this as my cast: Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses) for the main character. She a kind, younger sister. Her big sister who knows best but can be slightly evil and pushy: Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic). And the man (can’t give too much away as my story quite short… so we’ll just leave him as ‘man.’): Zac Efron (High School Musical)–you could see him as both the good guy you fall for *and* the man who breaks your heart.
Marcy Kate: Well, the main POV character is a ghost, so that’s a tricky one! But I could picture the girl being played by Georgie Henley (the girl who played Lucy in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) but with her hair dyed black.
Michelle: Liev Schreiber would be my pick for the main character Curtus. He’s got that everyday Joe kind of look while still being sexy. I could see him in a physical job. Plus, there is something unflappable about him. For short, bald and ballistic Squint, I’d have to say Michael Ironside would be the sort of character actor that could do him justice.
Amy: Without a doubt my choices would be Jeremy Renner for Simon and Emily Blunt (minus the English accent) for Cressida. I actually saw the two of them in my head as I was creating my character profiles.
Jean Oram’s story, “Gown for Sale” is a story about love and betrayal and the struggle to move on and find peace with oneself and the ones you love–even when they break your heart.
Jean Oram loves to write women’s fiction and romance and is currently giving her first novel, Champagne and Lemon Drops, away for free as an ebook (online everywhere!). She will be releasing book two Fall 2013 and has also been known to write short stories such as “Gown For Sale” which can be found in Summer’s Double Edge. You can find her at www.jeanoram.com.
MarcyKate Connolly’s, “Don’t Pet the Ghosts,” is a short story about a ghost and a girl who cross paths in a graveyard, and how that changes their lives in unexpected ways.
MarcyKate Connolly is an author who lives in New England with her husband and pugs and writes weird little books. She’s also a coffee addict, voracious reader, and recurring commuter. She blogs about all those things and more at MarcyKate.com, and can often be found on Twitter. Her work is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media, and her debut upper middle grade fantasy novel, MONSTROUS, will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in Winter 2015.
“Frost and Fog” is a story about lumberjacks trying to eke out a living, and instead finding something that changes their lives forever.
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack. Her epic fantasy, KINDAR’S CURE, is to be published by Divertir Publishing in 2013. Find her at her blog: It’s in the Details or on twitter.
All the stories as a whole are filled with pain, joy, laughter and sometimes even fear. It is an amazing collection that has something for every reader. Both anthologies are available for purchase on Amazon (Summer’s Edge) & (Summer’s Double Edge) as well as Smashwords (Summer’s Edge) & (Summer’s Double Edge).
Be sure to check out my fellow authors’ blogs : Jean Oram’s The Helpful Writer , MarcyKate.com & Michelle’s It’s in the Details for more questions and answers on the creation and inspiration behind each of our stories.