A few weeks ago, I told you about being a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul–Christmas in Canada. It’s been a very exciting time. My mom likes the story, which was crucial to me, and my aunt was delighted too. She was the first author I ever knew. I mailed one as a surprise to one of my favourite teachers, and she sent back the best email, the kind you keep in a pick-me-up file. Furthermore, my wonderful husband is delighting in this success, and I am able to delight in him. It’s been great.
Today, I have the pleasure of making another announcement. This summer I entered a short story contest organized by Angela Hunt. Inspired by Angie’s book, Passing Strangers, the theme of the contest was to write a true story about true encounters with passing strangers.
I’m delighted to join winner Garry Hojan, as well as Melody Morgan, Catherine Mulholland, Terri Gillespie and Kay Mills in this anthology, Stories of Passing Strangers.
Part of the reason I entered this contest is because I have much respect for Angie, who is a mentor at the writer’s workshop I attend every year at Glen Eyrie. Her writing process is one I can identify with, and so much of what she says just makes sense. Best of all, Angie isn’t about romanticizing a life of writing. She’s the first to admit it’s hard work–work she has never been afraid of since she has a gazillion or so titles to her name. I love that she never read the entries until after her panel of judges selected the stories because some of the people who entered are her friends.
Stories of Passing Strangers will be available on Amazon in the next few days (and the kindle version will be free for a short time). Please consider leaving a review. Many of us are first-time authors, and your review will help us become visible in the digital marketplace. The stories are about how moments can change a life. Who knows? Maybe one of the stories will change yours.
Would you like to win a signed copy of Stories of Passing Strangers? Leave a comment and I’ll draw a name on November 1st.
And, if you haven’t already done so, leave a comment here to win a signed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul–Christmas in Canada. I’ll also draw for those on November 1st.
Note–these are two separate draws. To be entered in both, leave a comment on both pages. Thanks!