So, the postman just brought shinies in the form of one large poster print and I’m hunting around for a suitable frame, nails and a hammer, because I can’t wait to have this over my desk. Firsts are always exciting – and having had covers designed specifically for something I’ve written is still a novel experience. A scarily exciting one, too, since it’s only a few more days until The Kickass Anthology will hit the bookstores on December 11th. (I’ll post links as soon as they are up, I promise!)
The Kickass Anthology, brainchild of fellow author Kate Pavelle (and I strongly encourage you to go check out her blog and her books!), has been a while in the making. For most of this year she’s gathered a crowd of artists and writers with the goal to cheer up and help raise funds for author Eric Arvin. If you’re reading in the m/m genre, you might be aware of Eric’s story – of his sudden illness, his courageous decision and the way his life has changed because of it. Eric is a fighter through and through – and this anthology is for him.
In my mind, fictional characters are bound to fall short when compared to the courage and determination shown by Eric Arvin and his family, largely because fictional is all they are. That doesn’t stop me from feeling very, very excited about this project – and privileged to be part of it. And – graphically challenged as I am on any given day – I’m in awe of the covers that the wonderful Tara Bluhm came up with.
Yes, this year’s been seriously weird and wonderful – and there’s still a space on the wall over my desk for the cover of Job Hunt. But if weird and wonderful equates to being able to be part of a project like The Kickass Anthology, drool over cover art and spend long days writing stories, then the only thing I can say to that is…. let’s have more of the same. 🙂