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We only have FIVE DAYS! We can do this with your help!

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Crows on Heartstrings is a fully illustrated anthology of short stories. We have a little something for everyone, no matter what your gender, sexuality, or color, we have something for you. We are proud to say that we are mostly created by, for and about lgbtqa+ folks. It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before. We are also comprised of 23 women, and 3 men, so READ WOMEN!

The project is in its last FIVE DAYS on kickstarter and we need all of your support to bring our dream to life! please pledge if you can, and spread the word. thank you for everything, guys. we would not have made it this far without you!

 

Here are some of our contributors:

@aegisdea @aubreymeeksart @pannan-art @sonialiao @maxwickstrom @weatherfox @alisabishop @heavenlyeros @dodtt @spectre-draws @thevioletknight @shutterbones @artofpan

@theconstantvoice

What Crows on Heartstrings NEEDS:

We need FUNDING. We need your pledges to make this a reality. If you can pledge even just five dollars if you can, and tell five friends personally to pledge as well, we can do this! We want to give you the characters you want to read. Please help us make this inclusive book written and illustrated by 23 women, and 3 men, some or most of us LGBT+ writers and artists.  Come on! We can do it!

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Crows on Heartstrings Sneak Peek #2 “Witch Child” by Lane Hansen, illustrated by Drei San Juan

 

Myrna is one of the witch children, said to be cursed by the sky demons with horrific powers. She’s capable of walking in the lightning storms that ravage her desert home and can speak with the mythic sand lions, but otherwise she has none of the powers witch children are said to have. She is hated and cursed by her village and blamed for any wrong that happens.

Her only friend is a strange boy named Jem, born during the same storm season as Myrna but not cursed with her powers to walk in the lightning.

When they are fourteen raiders come to their village and Jem is fatally wounded in the attack. Desperate, Myrna takes him to the sand lions for help.

Myrna did not remember the first time she stepped out into a lightning storm.

She did not remember how she got her scars; one at the base of her throat and the other on the bottom of her left foot. Sometimes it upset her to not remember feeling the lightning coursing through her body for the first time. Then again, the lightning was so much a part of her life that it was strange to imagine she had ever not known it.

She had been born during the season of sun, when normally the lightning storms were few and far between. Her parents thought they were safe. But the night her mother went into labor a storm tore across the bleeding land. She had tried to ignore the pain, as though that would stop the contractions, and begged Myrna to stay put a little while longer.

By morning the lightning was still razing the earth and Myrna was desperate to see.

Myrna never asked why her parents didn’t murder her, as the midwife had tried, as her grandmother had begged. She only knew that it was not love that had stayed their hand.

-Excerpt from “Witch Child” by Lane Hansen, illustrated by Drei San Juan

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Well! The time has come! Crows on Heartstrings needs YOUR HELP to get funded!
Follow the link to our Kickstarter page to donate!
We have 30 days to fund the project, starting on April 18th.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1439936295/crows-on-heartstrings-an-antholgy-of-doomed-love-s

If you want to know a little bit about the project, I’ll tell you! Becasue I LOVE this project.

Crows on Heartstrings is a collection of Short Stories which all revolve around a central theme– Doomed Love.

We represent love in all forms, Heterosexual couples, LGBTQ+ couples, familial love, and friendship. No matter what your shape or color, we have something for you, and we are coming for you!

We also take our anti-discriminatory viewpoint and stretch it across genres. We have fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, period, and contemporary pieces.

These aren’t juse romances, they’re epic tales of doom. I can’t wait to steal your heart and shatter it a little!

Please support us! Our writers and artists come from across the globe. Coming together for this project was amazing on it’s own.

Don’t let our characters suffer for nothing! Pledge so we can share our book with you!

Thank you!

21 Questions with Beverley Lee

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I have been waiting for this book for months now. It’s arriving today in the mail via Amazon and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

Beverley Lee is one of the talented writers working on my upcoming curatorial project, Crows on Heartstrings. Now, she’s working on a series devoted to her mysterious boy, Gabriel Davenport.

I was lucky enough to sit down with Beverley Lee and ask her a few questions about The Making of Gabriel Davenport!

Welcome to an article highlighting all the reasons I am obsessed with Gabe and why you should be too!

 

 

  1. When was Gabriel born? (How long have you been working on his story?)
    • Gabriel started off in the summer of 2014 as the first 3,000 words of a short story competition (which I incidentally never entered) but something wasn’t quite right. I picked it up again in January 2015 and immediately knew what was wrong. Originally Gabriel was a girl, called Erin. Once I changed that, his story all fell into place.
  2. What is one thing you want us to know about your story
    • That even though the theme is dark, it is about the indomitable human spirit of courage and hope in seemingly hopeless situations.
  3. Will we get any fun ship names from this book? 
    • Maybe not in this book but most definitely in the sequel. And I’m not telling or it would give the game away 😉
  4. Will this be a standalone book or part of a series?
    • It’s the first in a trilogy which isn’t bad for something that started out as it did 🙂
  5. If Gabriel could give us any warnings before we read the book, what would he tell us?
    • That it’s very bleak in places. And that sometimes the things good people do don’t always matter.
  6. What was your favorite part of writing this book?
    • Developing the character relationships. It’s thrilling to take what you have created and watch them grow. Gabriel is my protagonist but there are other characters who are essential in his story and each one has their own tale to tell.
  7. What is Gabriel’s personality type?
    • He’s a INFP- A ‘Mediator. Yes, I’m nerdy enough to have done the personality test for him! I love that it fits him so well. If you didn’t know him you would say he was reserved, but you wouldn’t know about his inner flame. He is led by the purity of his intent, not by logic, something that gets him into sticky situations.
  8. Who are you most excited for us to meet?
    • Moth. The whole game changes when he appears.
  9. Who are you most worried about us meeting?
    • Moth. Which might sound odd but you’ll see when you read. He makes things ‘difficult’.
  10. What was the most daunting part of getting Gabriel published.
    • Believing in myself. Don’t let anyone tell you that self publishing is easy. There is SO much to think about and so many ways to take yourself down the wrong path. I’ve had to learn on my feet but hopefully won’t make the same mistakes next time!
  11. What would Gabriel think if he broke the fourth wall?
    • That I’m a sadist *laughs* I certainly put him through it but I hope he would realise that the story demanded it, and if I made it easy for him he wouldn’t be the character he is today.
  12. If Gabriel were a superhero, who would he be most like?
    • Spiderman. There’s a part in the book where he talks about how cool it would be to have the ability to fly – and I think Spiderman comes pretty close to that.
  13. What are the key themes you tackle in this book?
    • The struggle between darkness and light and our perceptions of it. And what happens when the line blurs in between.
  14. Who is your favorite character in this book?
    • Apart from Gabriel? 😉 I have a very soft spot for Noah. He’s loyal and supportive and amiable but this can lead to him being put upon. He’s the closest to me in this book.
  15. Do you think we will agree with your answer for number 14?
    • I’m not sure! I think you’ll like him. He has a wonderful back story too and has a huge impact on how things play out in part 1 of the book.
  16. If Gabriel met you in real life, would he like you? (By the end of the book)
    • By the end of the book? Definitely not…
  17. Can you tell us a bit about the plot?
    • This is a longer version of the back blurb. I can’t go into specifics as I don’t want to spoiler! In a house built on truth something lays hidden.

      Beth and Stu Davenport moved to the English hillside town of Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic, rural childhood. But in a single evening, the Davenports’ dream is shattered by a hidden, ancient darkness– and their lives are forever changed.

      Years later, Gabriel Davenport, now a capable, curious young man, makes the ill-fated decision to go looking for answers about his mysterious past. As soon as he begins his quest, his life becomes a place of shadows. The people he loves and trusts are acting abnormally. The strange woman who lives upstairs is even more haunted than usual. Even his most trusted friend seems to be hiding something.

      As one fateful night deepens, and the line blurs between darkness and light, Gabriel must confront the terrible events that destroyed his family all those years ago. He is faced with a choice: continue living the life that was never his to begin with, or give himself over to a terrifying new reality more sinister than anything he’s ever known.

      The darkness is watching.

  18. What sort of genre is this?
    • It’s a dark fantasy, set in the present but with definite ties to the past.
  19. Did you always want to write this genre?
    • Definitely. I’ve always been in thrall to the darker side of fiction and I love incorporating supernatural twists into tight plots and character driven stories.
  20. Will you continue in this genre or will you venture out?
    • I’m very comfortable in this genre but if the right story kept nipping at my heels I would certainly run with it to see where it led me.
  21. Does Gabriel fit with the Crows on Heartstrings Theme? (Is he doomed or do we have hope?)
    • Ah, the tough one. I’m going to say both, because it’s true 😉

For more on Gabriel and Beverley, find her on twitter, @constantvoice

The Archer Illustration Project

If you’ve been following me, you know I’ve been collecting illustrations of my characters for the novel I’m working on, Archer and the Lust Boys.

I just acquired a new one from Max Wickstrom. I encourage you to go check out his work. If you like what you see, stay tuned for his contribution to my curatorial project, Crows on Heartstrings!

Here it is, Max Wickstrom’s rendition of my Original Characters, Archer and the Lust Boys:

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March Writing Prompts

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I think I’m going to take part in this month’s Writer’s Write prompt challenge. I’ll try to keep them short, around 500-1000 words.

It will mostly be a chance to just practice writing, keeping me in my active voice, and structured nice and neat.

Getting ready for my edits on Crows on Heartstrings 😀

Crows on Heartstrings – Anti Valentine’s

Here’s another one by Ashley Feemster for our Artist, Writer, and Curator, my story, Roses Grow for Mammet Men.

This is the perfect time for me to talk to you about my short story!

Roses Grow for Mammet Men is an Urban Fantasy set in New York City. Elves and Fairies are living among humans and they have more important things to worry about than hatred from humans.

Roses Grow for Mammet Men has everything you could want, romance, magic, treachery, and heartache. Dathi and Mercurie struggle with identity, war, and keeping the love alive in this twisty tale.

Follow us for more on this story and all our others! 

Finishing Things!

I just finished my first draft of Roses Grow for Mammet Men for Crows on Heartstrings.

For those of you who don’t know, Crows on Heartstrings is a collection of short stories I am curating. Each story is accompanied by an illustration to pull us into the deep darkness of doomed love.

While it’s quite the relief to have something finished, I am itching to get back into the story and pull out all the stops for you guys. In the next round, I edit with the intention of making the reader cry.

😀

 

Archer and Amelia – Illustrated

 

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Recently, I commissioned my pal and Crows on Heartstrings contributor, Katarzyna “PannaN” Witerscheim, to illustrate my children original characters, Archer and Amelia.

I am so blown away with how these two came out and can’t wait to bother her for the rest of the characters in the series.

Please check out PannaN’s work here: pannan-art.tumblr.com

If you like this, check out the Crows on Heartstrings tab on the menu, she’s contributing an illustration of one of the most harrowing short stories, Sweet Captivity, by Alexis Brown. AND She will be contributing her own original comic!

My Relationship with Books

I was nominated by a good friend, Beverley Lee to answer some questions about myself and books. I am supposed to nominate others to answer new questions, but I’m late in the game so I’ll just answer what Beverley has asked:

  1. Your favorite author is going to call you for a once in a lifetime chance to talk. You can only ask them one question. Who is the author and what is the question? Why?
    1. JK Rowling. Can you please write a series on the second generation in HP… for obvious reasons.
  2. Which fictional character would you want as a friend, and why?
    1. Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicle. Or more specifically, Kote. I would want to be someone who knew the whole story, of Kvothe, and I would want to be the one who got him to play his damn lute again. I’d want to be the friend who got him being the sarcastic pain in the ass he once was, so I could be a bit selfish and experience it for myself, and so he would just freaking smile again.
  3. List three books you’ve read more than three times.
    1. More than three? Doesn’t happen.
  4. Who would you say is your greatest writing influence in terms of your own style?
    1. I would need to finish a manuscript to figure that out.  I’m definitely a bit flowery. So there’s that.
  5. What are you working on at the minute?
    1. A contemporary fiction manuscript about a boy in a band who must learn when to let go of the family he’s been dealt, and how to embrace the family he chooses for himself.  … And Crows on Heartstrings, a collection of 13 illustrated short stories about doomed love.
  6. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    1. Bill Skarsgård
  7. How important is a book cover to you? Would it influence you over the back blurb?
    1. YES SO IMPORTANT. I will collect books just because the cover art is pretty.
  8. If you could live in one fictional world, where would you live?
    1. Hogwarts
  9. Do you let other people borrow your books?
    1. Yes, but I bite my fingernails the whole time they’re out. I also check pages for bends and smudges even if I like cracking spines myself.
  10. Books have some of the most wonderful quotes among them. Which is one of your favorite quotes, and why does it resonate with you?
    1. I can’t name one off the top of my head. I would have to pick a favorite book to pick a favorite quote and I just love so many books with all my heart that I can’t do that.