Easy as One-Two-Three
by Sandy Fussell
Imagine the challenge of writing an anthology with two other romance writers who don't write in the same sub genre? Would it matter? And where would you find those other writers? Maybe at a South Coast Writers Centre workshop!
Read on to find out how all that might work out as we interview South Coast Writer's Centre member Kim Petersen about her new romance anthology Untamed Destinies with member Catherine Evans and Beth Prentice.
What led you to write in the romance genre?
Every book I’ve written has a romance element included. I normally write speculative fiction; paranormal romance, urban fantasy and dystopian thrillers – I’m primarily drawn to these genres because I’m in love with mysticism. These genres provide a wide scope for the use of my imagination – I just love letting my thoughts and ideas run a little wild. I also love exploring the bonds of love and friendship. My novella,Wildflower still has the mystical elements I generally go for in my stories, just with an emphasis on the relationship between the two main characters.
Romance is the emotional feeling of love and love is what life is all about. Whether we realise it or not, it’s love that underlies every one of our thoughts, actions and tasks, and provides the foundation for most of our art, literature and music. I was always going to have romance in my stories to some degree. Always.
How did you meet Catherine and Beth?
I met Beth through a mutual acquaintance back in early 2017. We started off exchanging emails and found we really clicked. After that, we began weekly phone conversations and discussed everything under the sun. She was my first friend in the book business, and I’ve really enjoyed having her in my life.
Catherine came along when I attended her SCWC workshop at the Wollongong Writer’s Festival in November 2018. I loved her workshop, and we saw one another the following day, too. After that, we caught up for a cuppa because we live so close to each other – that was another “click” moment. We talked for hours and then that afternoon I emailed her about working together on Untamed Destinies. I was thrilled when she agreed!
How did you decide which stories to include?
Well, we knew we wanted to release the anthology for Valentine’s Day, but we all wrote in different sub-genres. We decided to stay true to our genres and make the theme around love and destiny because the way this project fell into place felt as if it was meant to be. I think when things flow smoothly and the resistance is nil, that’s when you know you’re on the right path.
For my story, it was something that had been playing on my mind after a discussion I’d had with a woman when visiting Chicago, and my interest in soul connections. I love the idea of twin flames. It’s believed there are people out there that share the same soul; that their souls are cut from the same energetic cloth and share the same vibrational signatures. Initially, I thought the idea was completely crazy – but after a while, when I allowed the notion to just seep into my conscious without the resistance of rationality, I knew it really isn’t so crazy. The universe is mysterious, the concept of love is really so abstract that anything is possible.
How was it published?
It was published under my publishing imprint, Whispering Ink Press. We choose that alternative because we knew time wasn’t on our side. We all began writing our stories around the beginning of December – with a publication date for February 12th, there was no time to sniff around elsewhere. I’m actually planning on expanding my Whispering Ink imprint this year. I’d love to work with more authors and I have few things in the pipeline. I’m excited.
Were there any difficulties creating the anthology?
Absolutely none. The three of worked so well together, and I have so much admiration and respect for both of these women. I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity with them. It was an awesome experience - the way it should be.
Kim Petersen is a USA Today Bestselling Author, author of The Ascended Angels Chronicles, and co-author of the Stone the Crows series. Her debut novel, Millie’s Angel received a gold award in the 2017 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards.
She loves empty beaches, summer storms, big shady trees, and music - not necessarily in that order. Reading books is an obsession, and great movies and Netflix can be a satisfying pastime when it's time to tune out to the world. Mostly, she loves to ponder anything mysterious and beautiful.
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Posted on March 14, 2019