So what does any self-respecting fiction-writing wannabee do in that situation? She goes and finds herself a group of seasoned fiction writers to hitch her shiny new wagon to. I found a good one.
Enter DIVA, our little group of four fiction writers from different parts of the world who came together to write short story anthologies; three established hot-shots and me. Yep, they let me in the group and you better bet I'm soaking it all in. I've written fiction since childhood but I've mostly kept it to myself. These gals are showing me the ropes and helping me polish my craft.
This is how we do it: as a group we decide on the title of the story collection. Then we go off and write our individual stories based on the title/theme. It's interesting to see how my fellow writers interpret the title and write their stories based on the chosen theme.
Soooo, we just published our first anthology, Crime Gone Wrong. My story is dark. In fact, they're all a bit twisted, in a good way. If you like stories where vengeance doesn't always go as planned, vampires and witches don't see eye to eye, and where peeping in windows might scare you to death, check it out:
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We are in the midst of writing our second book, a young adult anthology about Summer Love. After that, we're doing flash fiction stories with a Killer Heat theme. It's all very exciting, so stay tuned...
By the way, DIVA stands for Diverse, Independent, Verruckt Authors.
According to our German member, verruckt means crazy. :-)