Falling into the Five Senses: An Anthology of Short Stories is my first ever self-publishing project. It’s also an entirely online collaboration three fellow writers I met on Twitter: Maria Carvalho, Cedrix E. Clarke and Roger Jackson.
We’ve each written five stories for the antho, on each of the five senses: Sight, Sound, Scent, Taste and Touch.
As you might imagine, we all had very different interpretations, in very different genres. Which is what you want from a multi-authored anthology.
The anthology has stories about travelling stars, chefs with secrets, death-smellers, and lost islands… among many others.
The stories are short enough to lure you in for a reading snack, and sneaky enough to wrap their little tendrils around you and make you stick around for just one more.
In the great Twitter universe, I was very fortunate to discover writing and micro-fiction communities where entire stories get told within tiny tweets. These were places of writing creativity and generosity. It was where I met Maria, Cedrix and Roger. And it was where the anthology had its genesis.
What if? What if we did a collection of short stories themed around the five senses?
So we did.
We wrote our stories across continents, years and life-shifting situations.
It’s impossible to say quite how much I look up to and admire my fellow antho authors. They contributed their writing talents, creative generosity, endless good humour and oceans of patience to make the anthology possible.
A huge, extra shout-out to Maria in particular, who was the co-editor, co-copyeditor and chief proofreader of the manuscript, and chief push-project-uphill-er, who made the whole anthology actually come to life. The final book is a thing of beauty thanks primarily to her skilled eyes, her deft diplomacy and her indefatigable zest for words.
Here’s a bit more about each of them:
Maria Carvalho is a multi-genre author whose love for words has always been as fervent as her fear of math. Her short stories run the gamut from science fiction to fairy tale and have appeared in a wide array of publications, including several titles in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology Series, Edgeheart Press’ The Shadows We Breathe books, and the forthcoming fantasy collection Kingdoms of Wrath and Ice (Tourmaline & Quartz Publishing). Maria is also the author of the popular children’s book Hamster in Space!, praised by Kirkus Indie Reviews for its “sharp understanding of kids’ wacky sense of humor”. Additionally, she is a regular contributor to Woolgathering, a quarterly nature-themed magazine.
Maria lives in Connecticut with her husband and son, adores spending time outside, and is forever trying to make a dent in her “to read” pile.
Cedrix E. Clarke is the author of Lucinda’s Ghost, a children’s novel published in the summer of 2019. He has published stories in Deathrealm, Smokelong Quarterly, and Chicago Literati. Cedrix has a professional day job in a small Kentucky town and writes at night and on weekends. Besides being a word wrangler and a personal servant to his family’s cats, Cedrix has dedicated his life to making his home spider-free.
Roger Jackson lives in England, existing mainly on a diet of energy drinks and questionable Horror movies. Many tales have crawled from the graveyard of his brain, including stories in Equilibrium Overturned from Grey Matter Press, The Flashes of Darkness e-book from Dark Chapter Press and the Manifest Reality anthology from Hair Brained Press, and his novella, Cradle of the Dead, published by Bloodbound Books. Third Person bios like this always make him feel like he’s writing his own obituary.