Sometimes cool opportunities fall into your lap.
Around the time I published my book, I was connected to a number of Indie authors around the county. One of them was Ben Avery… who then asked if I would be interested in being part of an anthology he was putting together. I knew nothing about writing science fiction, knew very little about Time-jumps, and absolutely had no idea what I was getting into. I did (still do) love the Bible and the passage in Ecclesiastes 3 that he wanted to feature.
I want you to know my Inspiration…
First, I was in the middle of some conversations with my co-workers about race and cross-cultural discipleship. One conversation was particularly emotional and painful for all of us. I was expressing how hard this work was as a white woman, another co-worker said, “but if you don’t speak up, who will?”
These words refused to leave my head.
At the same time, I was again revisiting the story of Jesus and the Woman caught in adultery from John 8. It is one of my favorites.
And then, I had the verse (or some version of this) running through my head, “If you remain silent, then the rocks will cry out.”
All of these things converged. I started to write a story about a woman who was openly racist. But through a “fantastic” happening, she was put into a situation where she couldn’t do anything but watch. And then Nature shook at the injustice that was being perpetrated.
It’s not a perfect sci-fi story…it’s set here, on our recognizable earth not in space or in some strange setting. But there is a magical portal, there are three different times. There is an arc of change. It’s more fantasy than sci-fi, but there is still some unexplainable event in it…
It was a story I needed to write at the time. And now it’s being included in an anthology with 27 other stories inspired by the same things: a phrase from Ecclesiastes 3, science fiction or fantasy, and a manipulation of time. Some of my fellow authors are writing in their genre. Sci-fi is comfortable space for them. Others, like me, are lovers of sci-fi or fantasy and are bending their genre to fit into this collection.
It’s a gloriously unique and varied collection. And it’s available now on Amazon. Use the button below to purchase a copy now.
Not in the mood for Sci-Fi/Fantasy?
The story above is a far cry from my normal writing, but also, not so much. If you are more in the hankering for a good old fashioned Women’s Historical fiction book that is suitable for conversation and book clubs, be sure to check out my book, The Unfortunate Life of Genevieve Ryder. You can even download the first chapter for free to see if you may be interested in reading more.