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authors, all with impeccable writing credentials, present their anthology
called OUTSIDE THE BOX: Women Writing
each proved our worth with awards, fellowships, teaching posts and commercial
success. We've all self-published to keep our hard-earned independence and
our artistic identity. Now we’re teaming up for an ebook collection
of our full-length fiction featuring a diverse collection of unlikely heroines.
There’s no one genre.Each novel is a
want to prove that fine, original writers are creating work of value and
quality. And we want to entertain you.
anthology will be available for 90 days from February 21, 2015.
LETS FIND OUT ABOUT EACH OF THE BOOKS IN THE ANTHOLOGY!
BLUE MERCY by Orna Ross
Mercy stands accused of killing her elderly and tyrannical father. Now, at the
end of her life, she needs Star, the daughter she fought to protect, to know
what really happened that fateful night in 1989.
Orna Ross writes novels, poems and the Go
Creative! book series. The Bookseller
calls her "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing" for
her work with The Alliance of Independent Authors.
TRYING by Joni Rodgers
The book: A
regional bestseller short-listed for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. In
the 1970s, a troubled young woman heads west to create a new identity and shake
off the burden of her mother's radical past, but love and loneliness take her
life in an unexpected direction. The author:
Joni Rogers hit the New York Times
bestseller list with her cancer memoir Bald
in the Land of Big Hair.She is
also ghost-writer of numerous other bestsellers and founder of the League
of Extraordinary Authors. Joni lives in Houston, Texas.
OF A FUTURE LIFE by Roz Morris
The book: In
this work of literary fiction, a brilliant pianist’s career is ended by injury.
She turns to a mysterious healer and faces the possibility that her life is
someone else's past incarnation. The
author:Roz Morris earned her
spurs as a ghost-writer, selling more than four million books writing the
novels of other people.She is a
writers' mentor and a radio show host, and she teaches writing masterclasses
for The Guardian newspaper.
THE CENTAURESS by Kathleen
The book: Bereaved
biographer Alex Forbes goes to war-ravaged Croatia to research the life of a
celebrity artist and finds herself at the centre of a family conflict after she
uncovers a mutilated photograph, stolen letters and a story of indeterminate
gender, passion and betrayal. The author: Kathleen Jones
lives in Italy and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She is best known for her
award-winning biographies, and has also
written extensively for the BBC.
AN UNCHOREOGRAPHED LIFE by
The book: Alison gave up
the chance to be a prima ballerina when she became pregnant and turned to
prostitution to provide for her child, but the tempting hope of a better life
may come at a terrible price.
The author: Jane Davis won the Daily Mail Award for her first novel, which secured her a
publishing contract. She has now gone on to self-publish four other novels and
isn’t afraid to tackle the trickiest of subjects.
ONE NIGHT AT
THE JACARANDA by Carol Cooper
The book:Diagnosed with cancer, Sanjay has no time to
waste. Laure is a successful lawyer, Harriet is a struggling
freelance writer, and Karen is a single mother of four. Before they can find a
soul-mate, they each need to confront who they really are. The author: Carol Cooper is
a London-based journalist and award-winning non-fiction author.Her debut novel was a finalist in the Indie
Excellence Awards 2014. In her spare time she’s a doctor.
WHITE LADY by Jessica Bell
Sonia, unfaithful wife of a Melbourne drug lord, yearns for sharp objects and
blood. But now that she’s rehabilitating herself as a “normal” mother and maths
teacher, it’s time to stop dreaming about slicing people’s throats. Easier said
than done. The author:
Jessica Bell is an Australian novelist, poet, singer/ songwriter
/guitarist who lives in Athens, Greece. She is Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and author
of the bestselling Writing in a Nutshell
OUTSIDE THE BOX: Women Writing Women(February 20, 2015 for 90 days) £7.99/$9.99 from Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and more. Pre-orders on
Amazon from January 12.
Some of the lovely authors have answered a few questions for us!
“What made you self-publish instead of going down the traditional
In traditional publishing it's easy
to be trapped by what your publisher wants to sell.The publishers I worked with only wanted me
to write biographies of women.This was,
apparently, what my readers expected. Moving to self-publishing gave me the
opportunity to explore the fictional ideas I had whizzing around in my brain,
and it also allowed me to work on the biography of a man.
At first, I was prejudiced against
self-publishing, I’m ashamed to say.Almost losing my biography of Katherine Mansfield because of the recent
upheavals in the world of publishing made me re-think this. I’d also written a
novel everyone loved – The Sun’s
Companion – and which received ‘rave rejections’ from several big
publishers.It was clear that it was
more than good enough to be published, just not commercial enough to be taken
on in a changing world. Everything I’d been told about good books always
getting out there in the end suddenly seemed false. I put the novel up on the peer
review site You Write On and it went straight into the top five
best-sellers.Once I took the plunge
into the Indie world, I’ve not regretted it for a moment.
That’s a very striking cover. How did you
Jessica Bell: As the designer of the cover, I wanted to go for something
that was literal, symbolic and of course, something that was attractive. When I
came across the image of the woman I knew it was perfect. I really love the
symbolism of her holding up a sketch of herself. It's almost as if it’s saying
we have written our souls into our books.
Why do you write?
Orna Ross: Why I write: Because it keeps me
saneIf I didn’t write, I’d probably
be in a twelve-steps programme or on some very strong medication. The activity
of turning words into sentences, stories and poems has made, and kept, me sane
and happy for twenty-five years now. I know if I hadn’t taken to it as I did
during my troubled teens, the side of me that likes to snivel and snark,
dramatise and despair would have been given far too much time out in the world.
Thanks to writing, I’ve done most of my drama on the page.
Why I Write: Because it’s magic
Those of us who are lucky enough
to be literate can take writing for granted. We forget it is magic of a very
advanced kind. These dark marks on a light page manage to hold millennia of
knowledge, wisdom, information, opinion, emotion, inspiration and entertainment
— and all capable of being communicated to each other across time and space.
As a human breakthrough, the
invention of writing ranks with that of fire. It enabled us to create complex
social structures, fundamentally changing how we live together. Without
writing, there would be no science, no history, no cinema and, of course, no
literature. Writing enables us to know which human attributes we share across
history and geography and which are unique to our own people and places. It is
the human achievement that literally underwrites the others. And I get to do
it. Every day.
you get together for this compilation?
Carol Cooper: This is a small group of acclaimed indie authors whose work
I hold in the highest regard. I love their varied ways of telling a story, and
what each of them has to say about the lives of women. There’s no one
genre.What unites the writers is their
desire to craft their fiction to be the best it can be. This set of books will
be thought-provoking and hugely entertaining. How could I resist being part of
it? I’m thrilled to be in this elite group.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: Women Writing Women(February 20, 2015 for 90 days) £7.99/$9.99 from Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and more. More
information on www.womenwritewomen.com.
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