I join my colleagues in a very heartfelt thank you to Thomas Pluck, Fiona Johnson and Ron Earl Phillips for their tireless efforts in seeing The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology to its fruition.
Two special thank you's - To artist and photographer extraordinaire Danielle Tunstall for her generous permission to use one of her photographs on the cover of the e-book as well as The Lost Children Anthology websites, and to Sarah Bennett Pluck for her incredible work producing the cover for this anthology.
"Some children are lost before they have even started living. Some children are a throw-away commodity like a burger box that’s left to blow down the street in the wind and rain." - Fiona Johnson
This is how it started.
A prompt on Flash Fiction Friday - A Community Writing Project. Guest moderator, author Fiona Johnson, asked us to write a story about lost children. Our inspiration was the heart-wrenching photograph by Danielle Tunstall shown below.
Thomas Pluck offered to donate $5 for each story submitted to PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children. Fiona in turn pledged to donate $5 to Children 1st, a children’s charity in Scotland. Together , $600 was raised for the two charities, thanks to the generous and creative writing communities of Flash Fiction Friday, Fictionaut; as well as the crime fiction community on Twitter.
43 entries were submitted. The flash fiction challenge was such a success that Thomas, Fiona and Ron decided to take it further... they would publish an anthology, with 100% of the proceeds going to the two charities PROTECT and Children 1st.
Ron, Fiona and Thomas chose 30 of the best stories to put in a charity anthology, all proceeds of which would go to PROTECT and Children 1st.
50% of the proceeds will go to Children 1st, which is a children’s charity based in Scotland – see http://networkedblogs.com/p0GhX for more information about the charity and how you can help.
The other 50% of the proceeds will go to PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children. PROTECT is based in the United States - see http://networkedblogs.com/p13Gv for more about them and how you can help.
And finally, please see http://networkedblogs.com/p8p99 for a little background on my story, ‘LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN’. I am humbled and and honoured to have my story selected and to be part of this amazing project. By buying the anthology, you too can help a very worthwhile cause.
Lost Children: A Charity Anthology is now available for purchase on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. Please help us support these charities and help a child. Thank you.