Space City Scribes, an author collective of Houston indie authors, introduce their new anthology, Space City 6: Houston Stories from the Weird to the Wonderful.
Space City 6 is a collection of short stories from the weird to the wonderful, all with a Houston flair. We begin with the birth of Houston in a mosquito—and alligator-people—infested swamp where a mermaid is intent on stopping human encroachment. Fast forward to the 1940's where we join a soldier and his new bride as they struggle with the challenges of separation due to World War II. We take a funny and fantastical turn with a Louisiana transplant who learns the hard way that jackalopes do exist. And they have a penchant for blood and hard liquor. And then we journey to a darker side of the city as we find out what happens when an unstable woman with a loaded gun wreaks havoc on an idyllic community. Follow us on another twist as we explore the ins and outs of discrimination - all the new professor wants is to fit in, but students and faculty shun her as readily as she shuns the light. What's a vampire to do? Finally, travel to the far future on a treasure hunt. The Houston tunnel systems are in ruin and a wealthy real estate tycoon wants to revitalize, but he soon discovers more than just real estate under the rubble. This collection is a must for Houstonians who like to read about their hometown.
Monica Shaughnessy draws on her experience as a lifelong Texan by creating characters larger than the Lone Star State. Her work spans multiple genres, including adult mystery/suspense, YA, middle grade, and young reader, but everything carries her signature offbeat style. Her upcoming releases include The Black Cats, Book Two in the Cattarina Mystery Series and a short horror collection. When she's not slaying adverbs and polishing her own work, she's helping other writers craft their stories through her developmental editing business. To learn about her books and her editing, visit her online at www.monicashaughnessy.com.
Mandy Broughton cannot resist the irresistible force of reading and writing science-fiction. In Fall, 2014, she has two sci-fi short stories being published in the Houston Writers Guild Tides of Possibilities science-fiction anthology. She also has a trio of middle-grade mysteries and one includes a flying saucer! Her adult cozy, The Cat’s Last Meow, does not have a flying saucer but does have a cat, which is almost as good. And looking farther to that publishing horizon, she has two novels coming in late 2014. One is a historical horror (“run, Quincey, run!”) and another cozy, Sliding into Murder (“batter-up, oops, she’s dead”). Visit her online at www.MandyBroughton.com or on twitter @MandyBroughton. She will talk to anyone who will listen in 140 characters or less.
Ellen Leventhal is a local author and educator. Ellen has a BA in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Special Education. She began her career as a special education teacher and continued as a classroom teacher, working with both elementary and middle school children. Each summer, Ellen teaches creative writing in the WITS/ Rice School Literacy and Culture Program’s Creative Writing Camp. Ellen’s writer’s dream came true when her first children’s book, written with Ellen Rothberg, was published in 2006. The book, Don’t Eat the Bluebonnts, was the beginning of the South Pasture Series. Hayfest, A Holiday Quest and Bully in the Barnyard soon followed. Currently, she is busy working on a middle grade chapter book, other picture books, and a compilation of children’s poetry.
Ellen Rothberg wrote and illustrated her first children’s book with a friend at the age of 7, and although she no longer draws the pictures, she still likes to write with a friend, Ellen Leventhal. She is a former elementary school teacher and currently serves as a school counselor. She loves writing with children and helping them express their ideas and feelings. The idea for Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets was hatched during a visit to her daughter at Texas A & M University. She wondered out loud about the cows eating the bluebonnets, and in the best tradition of that old Texas legend, thought it might be against the law for cows to eat them. Whatever the future holds, she knows it will include creative writing and working with children.
Artemis Greenleaf has always been fascinated by the mysterious, and she devoured fairy tales, folk tales and ghost stories since before she could read. In 1995, she had a near-death experience which turned her perception of the world upside down. She lived to tell the tale (and often does, in one form or another). Artemis lives in the suburban wilds of Houston, Texas with her husband, two children and assorted pets. She writes novels, short stories, and non-fiction, and her work has appeared in magazines. For more information, please visit artemisgreenleaf.com.
Kaleigh Castle Maguire is a wife and mother of three who loves fiction writing and reading fiction of all genres. She has a particular passion for young adult and children's books and is currently working on two young adult novels - one is a science fiction story for girls and the other is a fantasy action adventure for boys. She is a member of RWA, AWP and SCBWI. She loves to blog about books, writing, and to interview new authors when she can get them to agree (which they happily do most of the time). She's also a proud member of the Houston-based Space City Scribes author collective. In July of 2014, she joined the blogging team at Luna Station Quarterly, contributing interviews with women speculative fictions authors. Kaleigh's flash fiction has appeared in publications including Writers Type, Delta Women, Tough Lit, Black Petals Magazine, Six Minute Magazine, Midlife Collage, Everyday Fiction, and Luna Station Quarterly. She has three e-novellas published by Books To Go Now: Destiny, Dear John, and Ivory Tower. In 2014, she came second in YA/MG/children's category in the the Houston Writers' Guild fiction contest for her draft fantasy manuscript, Halfling, and in 2014 she came third in the Writers Type Short Story contest for the story that appears in this anthology, In for a Penny. She has completed the fiction writing certificate programs at UCLA and Stanford, and is currently a student in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can follow Kaleigh on her blog (kcmaguire.com), via Twitter (@KaleighM) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kaleigh.castlemaguire).