Genres: Charity Anthology
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An international group of indie authors, inspired by the personal grief of one, decided to collaborate in the spring of 2015 in a project to create this multi-genre smorgasbord of original short stories, all with the same potent theme – relationships. Some are heartfelt, some funny, some poignant, and some are just a little bit scary – much like relationships themselves. All are by authors fired by the shared enthusiasm to give something back in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer touches us all. It has in some way affected those who have contributed their time and talent here. This is our way of showing that we care. Indie authors carry forward a revolutionary shift in publishing, which allows the author to be creative director in their own work. There are many exceptional, experienced and acclaimed writers who have decided to take this bold step in publishing. In producing this anthology we have also had the inestimable assistance on board of artists, graphic designers and bloggers – all of whom have a place in our acknowledgements. You, the discerning reader, are the other vital part of this equation. By buying this book you are supporting the work of indie authors, as well as discovering their worth. You are also supporting the charity to which we have chosen to dedicate our work. 100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
You’re not alone
You’re not alone is an anthology by a collection of independent authors affected by cancer. All proceeds from this book are going to ‘the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.’
MEET THE AUTHORS
All contributing authors were asked a single question –
“Why have you given your time and work to this cause”
Below, you will find a list of their individual answers and links to
their books or websites, to help you discover more about them and their
Lisa Shambrook: Carmarthenshire, Wales
My family life has been touched by cancer with two of my children’s
grandparents suffering. We’ve seen both those who’ve won and lost the battle,
and this is a chance to do something to help.
Sallyann Phillips: Swansea, Wales
My dad died of cancer, but his strength and determination amazed me. This is
my way of honouring him, and the nurses who helped keep his spirits up.
Penny Luker: Cheshire, England
I wanted to contribute to this anthology because of the dear friends I have lost to
cancer and because the Macmillan nurses gave them such help and support.
Anthony Randall: Dorset, England
Both of my Grandmothers died from cancer. My maternal Grandmother spent
her last week in a hospice where she received brilliant care, the nurses were
formidable. It’s an essential charity that I am more than happy to support in this
Katharine Hamilton: Texas, Unites States of America
In memory of my cousin, Melissa. One of the most hilarious, kind-hearted, and
genuine women I have ever known. Fifteen years later, I still wish I had taken
that crazy car ride around Murfreesboro with you. But thank you for making my
awkward, teenage-self feel cool… even if it was in Arkansas.
Christoph Fischer: Carmarthenshire, Wales
I lost both of my parents to cancer and also a few close friends, so I’m naturally committed to the MacMillan cause. I have seen the MacMillan nurses in action and couldn’t be happier to support their marvellous work.
SK Holmesley: Colorado, United States of America
I contributed because Ian asked, and it was a way that I could say: “Sorry you lost a loved one.”
Rebecca Bryn: St David’s, Pembrokeshire, Wales
My mother was a volunteer cancer nurse, and also nursed my father who died from prostate cancer. This is my chance to honour their courage, love and strength.
D Avraham: Hebron Hills, Israel
When I lost my mom, it would have been that much harder if there hadn’t been caring people supporting us at the time. Ian’s project reminded me of need to thank them. I have donated my piece in their honor, a small gesture to say thank you.
The Shepherd King Chronicles: Foundation Stone (Beith David Publishing, 2010).
Off-Wire (Lulu 2014), and the author/illustrator of the children book, Squared (beith David Publishing 2013).
Tom Benson: Scotland
I lost both my father-in-law and mother-in-law to cancer before I really got to know either of them.
Ian D Moore: North Yorkshire, England
I began and contributed to this anthology to support the work that the Macmillan Nurses do. My father, father-in-law and mother-in-law were all taken by cancer. This is a tribute to them all.
Andy Updegrove: Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States of America
I have dedicated this story to the memory of my father, mother and sister, all of whom died from cancer.
Lesley Hayes: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
I’ve been alongside several people affected by cancer. One familiar emotion is powerlessness. Contributing here seems a concrete way of continuing to be alongside, and to show that I care.
Nico Laeser: British Columbia, Canada
I took a brief hiatus from writing my third novel for the opportunity to work alongside the many incredible authors taking part in this project, and to offer whatever help I could to such a worthy cause. You can find my novels on Amazon by searching ‘Nico Laeser’ or by visiting my author page:
Max Power: Maynooth, Republic of Ireland.
Having lost my father through cancer, when asked, I had no hesitation in making a contribution through my writing, to this most worthy cause.
Eric Lahti: New Mexico, United States of AmericaI joined the anthology, at the time, because another story was needed. As I started to write, my story became a kind of goodbye to my dad and grandfather who died in 2001 and 2008 respectively.
Phyllis Edgerly Ring: New Hampshire, United States of America
In memory of my father, I am grateful to contribute to this healing resource of hope and compassion.
S.E.Meyer: Wisconsin, United States of America
I made the decision to donate my time to this cause for my brother-in-law, Paul, who just recently fought and won the battle against testicular cancer.
Christine Southworth: Lancashire, England
I am involved in this project as a thank you to those who cared for my husband.
Sylva Fae: Cheshire, EnglandHelping with this anthology allows me to show my appreciation for those who cared for my dad.
Sylvanian Ramblings http://www.sylvafae.co.uk
Barbara Doran: Munster, Westfalen, Germany
I submitted my story, Lotta Blum, to this Anthology because it’s for a good cause. Ian D Moore wrote a moving statement on the wonderful works of the Macmillan cancer nurses in a recent post on an Indie Review Group and I responded. You can find my musings here:
Kayla Howarth: Queensland, Australia
Knowing it was for a good cause, I decided to try something I’d never done before: write a short story. This experience has been uplifting and therapeutic, and I’m glad I took up the challenge.
Angela Lockwood: France
Never too old, has been inspired by my mother, who lost her husband and my father to cancer in 1993. I wanted to add a positive story about life afterwards.
Katerina Sestakova Novotna: Honolulu, United States of America
It was just an automatic response to a post that I saw. If my thoughts may support a good cause, it’s a great honor to get involved.
BL Pride: Slovenia
After a close encounter with cancer I decided it was time I started pursuing my dreams. Being a part of this project is a tribute to a life-changing experience.
Mike Billington: Reus, Spain
I wrote this story for the anthology because, as a cancer survivor myself, I know first-hand just how important the kind of support MacMillan Cancer Nurses provide is. My hope is that “Dolphins Dance” reminds readers that life is better when we are connected to other people.
Felipe Adan Lerma: Austin, Texas, United States of AmericaThe simplest answer is of course because I wanted to share some of what I feel when writing. The question of whether we are ever truly alone sharpened my focus for this story, shifting the action several times. I am very grateful for the impetus to bring my thoughts to expression in this very short work.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Felipe-Adan-Lerma/e/B005XCUUK0
Author website: http://www.felipeadanlerma.com
Paul Ruddock: London, England
Having witnessed cancer first-hand I was absolutely delighted to contribute to such a worthwhile project in support of Macmillan Nurses.
Author site: http://www.paulruddockauthor.com
Blog site: http://www.echoesofthepen.com
Lucinda E. Clarke: Spain
My father died when I was two years old, from cancer. When I was diagnosed with the same insidious disease in 1999 I was terrified. I have enormous respect and gratitude for the medical team that saved my life and I hope this is a small way of saying thank you.
Artist Christine Southworth’s original sketch interpretation based ‘on some words and feelings that I expressed. It is quite simply, amazing. So talented.’