Twenty-two female authors come together to provide escapism at a troubling time. Writing short stories of different genres provided the authors with a positive distraction, and they now want to give readers the same. At a time when the news headlines are dominated by soaring death rates and days are full of Zoom meetings – for both work and leisure – an author collective is hoping to provide consumers with a bit of escapism with a collection of whimsical stories.
From a humorous account of a day in lockdown in ‘A Day in the Life of an Outdoor Cat’ by Lauren Raybould, to an exhilarating thriller of mums on the run in ‘The Call’ by Tania Taylor and a romance with a difference against a beautiful backdrop in ‘This Is Africa’ by Zoe Brooks, all genres and tastes are catered for.
Organiser Jen Parker, founder and CEO of Fuzzy Flamingo, an editorial and design house, donated her services to this project to provide people with some positivity during these troubling times. “I donated over £1000-worth of my publishing services for this project and I couldn’t be happier! I wanted to do something to help, and I’ve always found reading books to be the best form of escapism. I wanted to offer readers the same with this anthology – so put a call out for contributions just over a month ago. 22 women, ranging from the age of 11 to the retired, have written short stories of a range of genres for this anthology. They have been wonderful to work with and I can’t wait to share their writing,” comments Jen, Fuzzy Flamingo.
“Overflowing with stories of humour, mourning, perseverance and love, it would be tempting to devour this collection in one sitting, but I think that would be missing the point. Take your time and savour each imaginative journey.” Véronique Astwood: Freelance Writer, Editor and Published Poet
One of the contributors to this book is our very own Charlotte Ryan. You will know Charlotte as an amazing Waste Reduction Consultant and entrepreneur, and is constantly striving to save the planet. She is a huge part of our community with her projects WasteNot Leicestershire Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and The Leicestershire Community Cupboard. She volunteered to write a short story for the collection put together by Fuzzy Flamingo to provide a positive distraction for the authors followed by escapism for the readers in this difficult time. The book is now available on Amazon, and it is already generating a lot of excitement amongst the readers and the press, and Charlotte’s story of a young recycler trying to forge her way through an uncertain time, with a twist of fantasy, is sure to help with her mission to raise awareness for recycling.
Experienced readers and book lovers will find distraction, escapism and, above all, hope within
these pages. The eBook reached #1 in Amazon’s hot new releases and the paperback was top 10 in
3 categories, so it is already helping many people Escape Reality!