The day I first heard the anthology my flash fiction story 'Pretty Little Girl' had been published in was finally released as an ebook, I was - understandably - very excited! At the time, the GOM was heard to say, 'Oh, it's an ebook, I thought it was a real book.' I may have mentioned this in a previous post... I obviously haven't quite gotten over it. Well, the good news is, it is a real book now! Men!
I've been published a few times before, but not really by people who don't know my from Jack. So, to have my short fiction selected from many to be included in this anthology which is raising money for two children's charities (Children 1st and Protect), was very exciting!
I try to do something each year to bring awareness to and to raise money for a worthy cause. For example, earlier this year I shaved my head, for the second time, as part of the World's Greatest Shave campaign to raise funds for cancer research and support for sufferers of cancer and their families. I also participated in the World's Greatest Shave back in 2007 - see here for oh-so-glamourous photos!
Growing up as a Salvation Army officer's child, I have quite a long resume of community involvement, and even though I am no longer a member of The Salvos, I still feel a strong need to have a positive impact on my community (both local and global) through volunteering, raising awareness and raising money where I can.
Children are very important to me - not just my own children, but all children. As the most vulnerable people in our society. Children are completely reliant on others to speak up for them. They don't have a vote, they often don't even have a voice. Many people believe those who cannot articulate their emotions clearly either don't have emotional needs, or forget neglect and abuse quickly. This could not be further from the truth, and advocating for children is something I feel very passionately about.
So, to have my writing finally work to this end has been such an honour.
I really want to encourage my readers (family and friends, as well) to buy a copy of this anthology. Ebook copies are a mere $2.99USD and for those of you who like an actual book to handle, it is now available a Amazon and Createspace for $9.99USD (plus postage and handling). All the link details can be found HERE!
If you're a local and buy a print copy, I'll be more than happy to sign it for you!
PS. Don't forget to let me know if you do buy a copy - I love to get that feedback!
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