Lately, it feels like I do a blog post for one book, then I’m posting a post for a different book with a rather similar premise. Last week, I’m doing a post for ANGELS: Dark Drabbles #2 and now I’m doing one for an Angels vs Demons anthology titled Feathers and Fiends.
Last year, I signed up for a TON of anthologies. As the header of this site says, 2019: A Loaded Year, and I knew I wanted to release more material in 2019 than I did in 2018. This ended up being a blessing and a curse. Like a different anthology I agreed to contribute for, this one was originally set to be published by a different publisher. The original publisher, let’s just say had the original publisher stayed on board, I would not have contributed. I had a bad experience with the original publisher and when I saw I had bitten off more than I could chew, I started dropping out of quite a few projects, this was planned to be something I was going to drop, then it changed publishers.
I had worked with Stained Glass twice prior to this changing hands; Sweet Candy Delights last year and Mischief and Clovers earlier this year. I have had solid experiences and decided to stay on board. However, I still had an issue, I had absolutely NOTHING in mind when it came to the idea for a story. Then, I made another contribution and acceptance.
Prior to working on my story, I had been accepted into Black Hare Press’s drabbles collection WORLDS: Dark Drabbles #1 and I had the max acceptances for the anthology with five! When I started working on a drabble for the second book ANGELS: Dark Drabbles #2 I felt I needed to keep the momentum going and get five drabbles into that collection as well. While writing drabbles for ANGELS, I had written a drabble titled “Morality” about how the angel and devil on your shoulders are more than just a moral compass, they determine where you go in the afterlife. While my 100 drabble “Morality” was something I could morph into a story.
I needed something for Feathers and Fiends and my 100 word drabble “Morality” eventually became my 5K story titled “More than it Seems”. There are a few changes, “Morality” is in a book with the title Dark Drabbles and I made the drabble dark, the short story is lighter in tone. I am not saying “More than it Seems” is a light-hearted story (it does deal with someone potentially going to Hell) but it is a lighter story than “Morality”. I also change the point of view, “Morality” is told in first-person while “More than it Seems” is told in third person.
“More than it Seems” is about a woman that has an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other shoulder. What she doesn’t know is, her time on Earth is nearing its end and her life choices put her in a place where she could end up in Heaven or Hell. The story follows her as she makes her choices that lead to where she ends up in the afterlife.
Above is the cover of Feathers and Fiends
First, I want to thank Angela Kay (head of Stained Glass Publishing) for including me in another anthology. I’ve been in several projects that almost always get pushed back and she’s managed to keep things released on time!
I also need to thank Dean Kershaw (head of Black Hare Press), I wanted to make sure me turning my drabble into a short story was not a breach of contract and he quickly gave me the ok to write my story.