If, when I emailed a short story to Nik in August 2010, you’d told me that it would be published in an illustrated collection of short stories I’d have laughed (loudly). Because writing that story was never about being published, no, it was about me writing again. I’d stopped writing, hadn’t written anything for a year. Writing short stories was to help me to remember why I loved writing, and those short stories did help, more than I can begin to tell you.
But twenty months on, fifty stories later, fifty illustrations later, a ridiculous amount of emails, a silly amount of phone calls, countless pots of tea, too many slices of cake, numerous disagreements and much laughter… we got there.
TODAY ‘Freaks!’ is published as a paperback and as an eBook. And to launch this collection of fifty short stories, each featuring a character with a real or imagined super power (co-authored with Nik Perring, illustrated by Darren Craske), a number of VERY FABULOUS folk are hosting one of the stories and an illustration on their blog (thank you, lovely folk!)
And, over on Twitter, we’re having a bit of a competition:
So, would you like to help us launch ‘Freaks!’ ? And would you like the wonderful Darren Craske to draw you, in all your super glory? Yes? Well, all you have to do is:
- Tweet one of us ( @Caroline_S, @darrencraske or @nikperring)
- And tell us your ideal super power
- And make sure you use the hashtag #FREAKS
And the prize for the BEST ideal super power (I think Mr Pack is judging) is an illustraion of the winner, as a superhero, for them to use as their Twitter avatar! Oh, yes, you will be made super!
Oh, and, Happy Publication Day, Mr Craske. And, Happy Publication Day, Mr Perring. And, Happy Publication Day, Me.