Australia’s bushfire crisis has seen people from all over the world rally to the cause in the most generous and creative ways. Whether it’s donating money, time, or resources, people have stepped up, stepped out, doubled down, and dug deep…none more so than Australia’s arts community (fancy that, and government tells us we’re not important enough to warrant a federal department anymore).
The Authors for Fireys (#authorsforfireys) initiative highlighted what a willing community can do to raise funds in a very short period of time. The online Twitter auction of signed books, illustrations, unique experiences, one-off opportunities and writers’ services was supported by over 500 writers and illustrators. Donations from over 1,300 auctions raised over half a million dollars!
At the same time, publishers, editors, and authors came together, creating and heeding various submission calls for charity anthologies, reflecting different themes and genres, but all striving towards the same benevolent objective.
One of these charity anthologies, ‘Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts’ was appropriately released on Valentine’s Day by Things in the Well publications, who have earned a reputation for producing, among their other publications, high quality anthologies in support of amazing causes.
Co-edited by the winning combination of Louise Zedda-Sampson and Chris Mason, Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts brings together a collection of dark, suspenseful, menacing, and memorable tales of human love gone wrong, or monster love gone right! Here’s the official blurb:
“The title says it all. Who would think love could be so… dangerous? A mix of poetry and short fiction – love found, love lost, love experienced in ways you never imagined. Weird and macabre, sometimes humorous, often terrifying, these tales – presented by an international line up of authors – will make your heart skip a beat. Each story is a dance with love, sometimes with death as its partner.”
The submission window was tight, as was the turnaround time for production. The editors put in a Herculean effort to bring this book baby to life in time for it’s Valentine Day release. You can read Louise’s terrific wrap up of the editorial process here.
I’m very pleased to have one of my stories, Hermit 2.0 included in Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts. It’s sharing the pages with some amazing tales from a talented bunch of writers who donated stories from all around the world. Hermit 2.0 is fundamentally a love story, albeit a tragic tale set in a bleak, dystopian future.
There’s much beauty and love to be found in Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts, both within the pages, and from the energy that went into creating it. If you want to experience some of that for yourself, while supporting the Australian Red Cross, get your Kindle of paperback copy here.
Happy writing, happy reading, and happy days…