Let's talk charms, okay? This past summer a bunch of writers got together, for the love of writing, thanks to Sally Odgers. She's the sweet angel who brought us all together to do this project. Can you imagine what happens when writers write for the sheer absolute fun of it (and they are not worried about time constraints, will the editor/agent love my baby)? The stories are so well done. Sally is an amazing person/editor/all around sweetheart.I love being associated with my pals, Theresa Milstein, Mia Milstein (Theresa's daughter and quite a writer in her own right) Sharon Mayhew, Lenny Lee (Yay Lenny!), Susanna Hill, Cheryl Secomb, illustration by Ellen Injerd (Cheryl's daughter),and Clarike Bowman-Jahn.
Ashton, Joshua and Hannah, aged five, eight, eleven and thirteen, find
a china crock in the attic of a house being renovated as a
boutique hotel. Since the crock has no identifiable owners, they open
it. Inside is a hoard of metal charms.
I chose the cowboy boots charm. Each of these charms has an associated story or poem, which will be
written by contributing authors. The charms come in a wide variety of
anything from anchors to dinosaurs, elephants, hats, shoes, roses,
clocks and so on. Each contributor received a charm by post or email,
and the charm inspired a story or poem.
The stories stand alone, each having its own characters, theme, setting and period. The four children above do NOT appear in the stories. Neither does the attic setting. The linking text joins them so each story will address something of interest to one of the bracket-story children.
These anthologies are filled with the stories, poems, and illustrations of authors you know. The anthologies together make a fantasy novel but each can stand on their own. They are beautiful. You have to order through the contributors. I'll be glad to order for you at cost + shipping. You'll be glad you did.
Just shoot me an email. They make great Christmas presents. :-)
Sharon Mayhew is having a giveaway for volume 2.