Neverland’s Library is a fantasy anthology featuring original stories from prominent fantasy authors, and themed around “Rediscovery.” This anthology is a joint project between fantasy reviewers Rebecca Lovatt of The Arched Doorway and Roger Bellini of A Daily Dose of R&R. Both Rebecca and Roger are also freelance editors at Neverland Books, an independent publisher of fantasy and historical fiction anthologies.
The goal of this project was to create a fantasy anthology based around the theme of Rediscovery. Blending established and lesser known authors, Roger and Rebecca hoped to capture the reader’s imagination and bring them back to a time when they first discovered their love of fantasy fiction. For readers who haven’t already fallen in love with the genre, they hope to offer immensely entertaining bite-size stories that will pull people in and inspire their imagination!
For the next so-many (more than few, less than umpteen) days, one of the authors with a story in Neverland’s Library will be here on drey’s library. They’ll answer one question:
Why did you choose to be involved with this project, and what would you like to achieve with it?
Teresa Frohock was raised in North Carolina, lived in Virginia and South Carolina before returning to the Piedmont, where she currently resides with her husband and daughter. Teresa has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying.
Teresa Frohock is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale. Her short story, Naked the Night Sings appears in the Manifesto : UF anthology.
When I received the invitation to submit a story for Neverland’s Library Anthology, I had just sold my first short story to Manifesto: UF, so I was thrilled to have a second opportunity to tackle the short form. In “Naked the Night Sings,” I mention a fragment of a tale, and I wanted to expand on that character’s back story for the Neverland’s anthology. That is how a single paragraph in one tale became the seed for “Love, Crystal and Stone.” However, “Love, Crystal and Stone” really took shape through the anthology’s theme of rediscovery. From there, I was able to create a brand new story that can be read and enjoyed independently of “Naked the Night Sings,” yet the two stories can also be read back to back and seen as parts of a greater whole.
When working on any project, I set short-term and long-term goals, both for myself and for the works in question. The short-term is to write stories that fit various anthologies’ themes and gauge reader reaction. I’d really like to know if people would be interested in seeing more of these characters and their stories. Once the rights revert back to me, I might self-publish an anthology of five or six of these interlinked stories, or maybe weave them together to become a novel. Like the stories themselves, the possibilities are endless.
Check out the Kickstarter project for Neverland’s Library (please refresh and/or scroll down, sometimes this WP theme doesn’t handle video files nicely):