I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts introducing each of the contributing authors for Borrrowed, telling you a bit about their journey to becoming a writer and how they came up with the idea for their story in Borrowed. I'll try to post one of these each week for the next eight weeks.
My name is Shona Kinsella and I am a fantasy author.
I have loved books for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I used to daydream about being a writer and I carried a little notebook around with ideas and stories. When I was a teenager, a group of us wrote bucket lists and number one on mine was Write a Book. It was always a distant ambition though. Something I wanted but didn't really think I could do.
Then there were exams and jobs and university and children ... life was so busy that I stopped thinking much about it, except for occassionally noting down an idea or a dream that I thought would make a good story.
Fast forward to 2014. I took a career break to care for my children. The day it was approved, my husband and I were joking about how I would have so much free time on my hands and my husband said 'Why don't you write a book, like you've always wanted to?' It was a throwaway comment, but one that I couldn't get out of my head. I started reading books on writing craft and developing a style and a few months later, I sat down with my laptop and the vague memory of a dream I had a long time ago.
I finished writing Ashael Rising in January 2016 and two months later had my first publishing contract with Unbound. Since then, I've had short stories appear in BFS Horizons and Fox Spirit Books, I've set up a Patreon where people can support my work and receive original flash fcition each month, I've been working on a heroic fantasy novella and an urban fantasy novella and I'm planning the sequel to Ashael Rising.
Oh yes, and I put together Borrowed as well as writing two stories for it! I loved the idea of doing an anthology where the stories are linked by more than just a theme. In Borrowed, the stories all share a common location - the fictional town of Finlay and, most importantly, its library. They also share a key group of characters and there are soem common threads across the stories. Borrowed is something a bit different and it's a book that I'm very proud of.
As a group, we decided to donate all of our royalties for Borrowed to the World Literacy Foundation but first we need to fund its publication.
The contributing authors are all immensley talented and are generally wonderful people. I look forward to introducing you to each of them and I hope you'll pledge you support for our book. If you've pledged already, you can still help us by sharing our posts across your social media and telling your friends about us.
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