What is an anthology?

Sunny Abernathy, A Lie in the Cabin, Renee Pellegrino, Rewrite, Stephanie Spicer, Kristy Lynde, Roxie St. James, Family Matters, Cynthia Carver,Halloween Masquerade. Author, romance, paranormal suspense, indie author, authors, contemporary romanceWith the pandemic and negative news articles spreading around, I stuck my head in the sand with five other women and began working on an anthology.  You might ask, “What is an anthology?” Well, let me tell you, it is a fantastic project to be involved in.

An anthology is a collection of writings by various authors in the same genre, time period, or subject. Another type is a collection of selected writing by one author. I will be a part of the first type.

Cabin Fever is what many people experienced while under the stay-at-home order or lockdown during the Covid-19 outbreak, and that inspired the name of our collection of writings.

This is my first attempt into the romance genre. The heat range on this anthology is fade-to-black. While I write erotic short stories, they aren’t formula romance.  Halloween Masquerade is my first published attempt in the romance genre.

In fact, we consider each author in this collection a new author. Sunny Abernathy writes A Lie in the Cabin, Renee Pellegrino writes Rewrite, Stephanie Spicer writes Untitled At this TimeKristy Lynde writes Untitled At this TimeRoxie St. James writes Family Matters, and I wrote Halloween Masquerade.

All proceeds from this book go to sponsor the NaNoWriMo Support Sisters real life writing retreat in November of each year.

NaNoWriMo

What is NaNoWriMo?  It is National Novel Writing Month.  Embraced by novelists, authors, and writers.  The goal is to write 50,000 words in a story format.  Formatting does not matter, genre does not matter, and neither do your typing skills or grammar.  This is a goal each person sets for him or herself, and all milestones should be celebrated.

My goal is to write 50,000 words in a new genre.  The new to me genre is romance.  Romance has a formula and to have a romance novel that means I have to meet the expectations of the industry.  To reach the word count is doing what I do already, type 2,000 words a day.  My stretch is writing to market and catching all the beats anticipated by the reader and demanded by the publishers.

Write-On, Cindy