So. Design for LIfe. Here's something a little bit new for us. As you are well aware, we've been putting out anthologies of short stories for the past year or so and it's been pretty great. But we had an idea and a world that yearned for a bit more than just a short story. First off, we wanted to approach our central characters in a different manner. Part of the storyteller's toolkit is using narrative tension. Frequently you see this through the utilization of a marriage of opposites - a cop and a criminal or a divorced couple are forced to work together - and it works. But it also results in a lot of bickering and it's used so often, it's lost its impact. So, hey - what if we had a story that centered around a married couple - THAT ACTUALLY GOT ALONG. It felt kinda revolutionary or at least a throwback to certain gems like Dashiell Hammet's THE THIN MAN series. Actually, it was hard to shake the Nick and Nora of it all once we got going, but who cares? That stuff's great. And the second element we wanted was for our story to be set in the world of the Maker Movement. For us, the Maker Movement is the best of what humanity has to offer - curiosity, creativity, progress and generosity. In a world where far too many people and factions are at each other's throats we wanted a group who come together for the greater good led by a couple you really root for... and then we'll put them in a situation from which none of them may emerge alive.
For those keeping up with the anthologies, you're well aware of Lauren A. Forry. She's the one who authored the spooky 63 Sequoia Lane, the romantic 89.9% and the gut punching Normal People. We brought this general idea to her and she took it and ran with it - all the way into the endzone. Lauren (who has her first novel Abigale Hall from Black & White Publishing coming out soon, btw) brought the characters and world of Charlotte and David to vivid life and threw them into a story that's every bit as inventive as anything she's written.
So here you have volume one of a literary experiment we think turned out remarkably well! Take a read, enjoy, and brace yourself for volume two which will be out in May!