Iâ€™m super excited to announce (finally!) the launch day for my very first Kickstarter. Iâ€™ve backed 50 (yes, 50) Kickstarter projects. Theyâ€™ve varied from my Pebble watch to my friendâ€™s books, from expensive things I havenâ€™t yet gotten (but almost certainlyÂ will) to perfectly delivered delights. Only 5 have failed to fund. And here I am leaping into the Kickstarter water. At least Iâ€™m not going in alone â€“ thereâ€™s six of us! How lucky can a writerÂ be?
The project: Six by Six. Â That’s six fabulous stories from each of six writers. The writers include me, Tina ConnellyÂ (one of our SFWA readers and the author of the very enjoyable â€œIronskinâ€ and two sequels), the Hugo winner Will McIntosh, Stephen GaskellÂ (who’s work brought me to tears once when Kate Baker read Â Paper Cradle), well-known fantasist Martha Wells, and Bradley P. Beaulieu, who has been our guiding light on this project (I believe I have read ALL of his books so far, which is a big deal – I donâ€™t read that much fantasy).
Which leads me to my secret for this project â€“ my six stories are all fantasy. Most people think of me as a science fiction writer, but about a quarter of my short work in fantasy. Here, I am pleased to present six linked stories set in a world I call the High Hills. The world-building is based on some of the most magical moments of my teenaged years, when I worked at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach.
I hope that you give us a chance and back us, and I promise that between the six of us, there will be stories that you love. Â And I want to also shout out to Julie Dillon, who’s art is being used for the Kickstarter (with permission, of course).