The road to this publication has been long, winding and fascinating. I first learned about the Sidekicks! anthology after attending Context 25 in Columbus last year. I was invited to submit a story — a real thrill — and did so close to the November deadline.
That story didn’t make it, too similar to an already accepted story. I was thrilled when Sarah offered me a second chance. I didn’t have a lot of time, but it was enough to write a second — might I even say better? — story. “The Balance Between Us” is a story that means a lot to me. I spent a lot of time planning it, scribbled so many notes over pages and pages of notebook paper. I wanted the conflict, both internal and external, to really shine. I’m hoping in the end that they did.
Sarah Hans, in her editorial debut, made some wonderful selections, filling Sidekicks! with many wonderful stories by a vast array of talented authors. Michael Haynes, an extremely talented author I finally got to meet in person at Context, has a story in the anthology — “Learning the Game”. Also at Context, I listened to Daniel R. Robichaud read a story of his for the flash fiction contest. You should have seen it, every person in the room utterly silent, almost leaning forward to hear every word. We were spellbound. So I’m very excited to read his story, “The Decent Thing to Do”, in Sidekicks! There are many more talented authors in this collection which I could go on and on praising all day. But in the end, I just want to encourage folks to take a look at this anthology. Read it, tell your friends if you enjoyed it, maybe write up a review on Amazon.
Sidekicks! is now available on Amazon in print and for Kindle, also available for Nook, and there’s currently a free copy up for grabs in a Goodreads Giveaway. It costs nothing to enter, and it’s a signed copy, so be sure to throw your name in the pile!
Now…I will leave you with the very catchy book description. 🙂 Thanks for reading!
Sidekicks: We know them, and we ignore them. They sit courtside, they wait in the shadows, they ride on the coattails. They have nothing to offer.
Or do they?
Heroes and heroines perform world shaking deeds, but sidekicks? Sidekicks are the unseen glue holding those powerhouses together. They are the backbones. They are the voices of reason.
It’s long past time for them to shine.
Here, the fangirls, the trusted associates, the loyal assistants, and the imperiled wards have their moment in the spotlight. Join them as they shake up the world in unexpected and understated ways.
Let the heroes sit this one out. Celebrate the Sidekick!