That’s the question I get asked the most, where do I get my ideas? Of course, all writers know that it’s impossible to answer. Ideas come constantly all day long, sometimes several in one minute. Having ideas is not usually a problem. Having the time to develop them is.
Sometimes an idea hits me that is too good to ignore, even if I don’t have the time for it. The eclipse anthology was one of those. I first heard about it on Earth and Sky, whose posts I subscribe to. The more I thought about the fact that a total solar eclipse, something I’ve never seen (although I saw a partial not too long ago), is going to happen in my back yard, the more excited I got. My front yard, too. Right at my house! So, naturally, I got ideas for short stories that happen during the blackout period, short as it is.
I put together some ideas, then, wondering what I would do with my story, had another thought. Maybe other writers would like to write eclipse stories, too. The themes are tempting and ready made. Light and dark, warm and cold, sun and shadows.
Okay, so…if others writers WOULD like to do this, then what? (“Then what” is a famous writer question, right after “What if.”) The answer to that came to me in a flash. How about approaching the publisher that the Austin Mystery Writers used for our Silver-Falchion-winning MURDER ON WHEELS? I did and they loved the idea! Yay!
So I was able to say that we already had a publisher when I put out the call for submissions. The result is DAY OF THE DARK: Stories of Eclipse, being launched by Wildside Press on July 21st, exactly a month before the eclipse. I’m gratified by the enthusiasm that has met this project, one that I had no business doing and had no time for, but had to do anyway. The stories I received, sure enough, ran the gamut. I think they are a good representation of the above themes. I hope readers will think so, too.
Sometimes those pesky ideas drop straight from the heavens onto our heads!
Preorder site for DAY OF THE DARK: https://tinyurl.com/ycus8fv3