This was an amazing project and we are so honored to be in the company of 11 other kick-ass YA authors. (Make sure you check out our collective bio at the bottom.) A HUGE THANKS to Amanda Brice and Tawny Stokes for organizing this epic undertaking!!!
ETERNAL SPRING: Flowers, vacation, baseball, prom...what does spring mean to you? From unicorn hunters and teenage exorcists to Egyptian princesses and aspiring ballerinas, this collection of thirteen stories by some of the most exciting authors in Young Adult fiction explores young love and new beginnings during the most beautiful time of the year. *Did I mention the digital version is FREE?*
We thought you would like to know a bit about our individual stories...
CAREY: I love short stories. For me, they are a way to experiment and challenge myself to write in ways I've never written before. "The Vanishing Spring" draws inspiration from three of my favorite things in life: The Twilight Zone, Ray Bradbury, and Philip K. Dick. I also knew I wanted to write a 3rd person, boy point of view and an ethnic character. My husband's extended family is Mexican-American, so I modeled Ty Diaz, and his vibrant heritage, after them.
For the setting, I decided to cyber-explore Chicago. I wanted to juxtapose strong Latino culture against white-bread wealth. La Villita/Little Village and the North Shore suburb of Wilmette made perfect contrasts. As I researched Wilmette's history, I began to picture Ellie Quimby and what her like might have been like in 1872. Once I had the main characters and setting, my eerie romance practically wrote itself. (Cue Twilight Zone music: Doo-doo-DOO-doo! Doo-doo-DOO-doo!)
JEN: I hadn't attempted a short story in years! But when the opportunity to participate in this anthology came along, there was no way I could pass it up (see, "peed our pants," above *ggl*). Still...dilemma. I already had a full, novel-length story in the works. How could I take time away from that? And what could I possibly write that had a springtime theme?
Ahhh! Of course. Multi-task and draw from my own personal history. The novel I was working on begins in Paris; the downloads folder on my laptop was overflowing with images of the City of Lights. And had I not spent springtime in Paris during a high school trip? Did I not spend an evening wandering Montmartre on my own, shopping for trinkets and chowing on crepe? Setting the short story in Paris was a no-brainer. And once I had the setting, and a concept of friends trying to reconnect...et voila! A story was hatched!
Read about Jen's swoon-worthy hero Bowie here.
ETERNAL SPRING authors' bio:
Collectively, the thirteen authors in Eternal Spring have published over 90 books, and have received or have been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the RITA, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, the Jasmine, the Maggie, PASIC's Book of Your Heart contest, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the Cybil Award for Best Young Adult Fiction, the EPIC e-book Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list.
"The Vanishing Spring" by Carey Corp
More than a century earlier, Eleanor Quimby tumbled into the water to escape an arranged marriage and disappeared. But was that the tragic end or a brave new beginning?
"1:30, Tour Eiffel" by Jennifer McAndrews
A kiss in the dark will ruin Spring Break and lifelong friendships unless Rachel Healey can prove she is a pawn in someone else's game.
Download ETERNAL SPRING for FREE: Amazon Smashwords (all digital formats)
coming soon to B&N for NOOK and iTunes (we hope)...
YOUR TURN: We want to know what signifies spring to you? Leave a comment for a chance to win digital copies of Jen's BRAVING THE TITANIC and Carey's THE HALO CHRONICLES: THE GUARDIAN.