CSR Special: Curiosity Quills Gives Back

10 10 2013


Today on CSReview, Curiosity Quills’ first ever special project – two anthologies with seriously intriguing titles Primetime and After Dark, celebrate CQ’s literary trademark and the publisher’s devotion to giving back to the community. Dozens of writers put their pens to work to create “a spine-tingling, mind-blowing, quirky collection of short stories”, as CQ puts it, with the aim to donate to animal charities. CQ’s publisher Lisa Gus talks to Camilla Stein about the project.

76865_1466071499131_2113168_nCS: Lisa, welcome to CSReview. I remember some time ago how you were gearing up for this special project. Now that it’s completed, let’s talk about the journey. First off, what makes working on an anthology different from any other book project?

Lisa Gus: It is like herding cats. Very talented and kindhearted cats, but still… A job and a half. The order of placement. Interior covers for each story. Different writing voices. Content. Blurb wrangling. Author accreditation (did you know you can only list 10 people as authors on Amazon, 5 for Barnes and Noble, and 3 for Kobo?) This is something every anthology publisher ends up having to deal with and until one does, this one, at least, didn’t have any idea of the complications involved!

CS: I am glad to hear the hassle of having to deal with technicalities didn’t slow you down. After all, such a great cause. What inspired you to do this for charity, an animal charity in particular?

Lisa Gus: Animals are people, too! Enforced – and avoidable! – euthanasia for healthy animals just goes against our collective grain, so, when the time came to start giving back, this was a natural choice for us. Any shelters need funds, especially in today’s economy, and we feel the strictly No-Kill ones are the best recipients we can possibly name.

CS: I applaud you for doing this. Are there any favorites, editor’s picks to look out for in both books?

Lisa Gus: I know a lot of readers will be delighted in seeing JR Rain’s updated Fridge with the exclusive new ending, and I can see why. JR is an enormously talented author with an equally enormous following. But for myself… I like all of our stories equally. We picked them from the submissions by our already signed authors only, and they reflect the quality and variety we hope will be the trademark of Curiosity Quills (and it’s new erotica counterpart, Curiosity Thrills) for years to come!

CS: Thank you, Lisa, sounds like you cooked up a treat for many literary tastes. I asked Curiosity Quills authors why they are in this. Here’s what they had to say.

A.W. Exley: As a writer, it is often difficult to find ways to give back to the community, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to use my story telling to benefit a charity, and in particular “no kill” shelters. Animal welfare is close to my heart, living on a small holding with an assortment of weird and wonderful critters. I wish all creatures could have the same opportunity find a loving home.

A.E. Propher: Animals are no less human than humans. And humans are no less animal than other animals. Why should enforced euthanasia be permissible for one and not the other? If my humble writing helps to right the imbalance, I am glad to do my part.

Eliza Tilton: When it comes to helping our furry friends, I couldn’t think of a better charity to support. No kill shelters gives animals a chance to find a good home. There are plenty of charities to write for, but considering the first friend I ever had was a big fat cat, my heart’s with this one.

James Wymore: I have a day job.  I love writing, but there is never enough time to do everything.  Writing for charity is great because it gives me a chance to use my art to give something back.  I wish I had more opportunities to do it.

Matthew Graybosch: To be honest, I wrote “The Milgram Battery” a few years ago as a worldbuilding exercise. I polished it up a bit last year and sent it to CQ, but was told it needed more polish. Since I was busy with Without Bloodshed, I put Battery aside and almost forgot about it until Lisa asked me about it for use in Prime Time. I would have accepted regardless, but an opportunity to help support no-kill animal shelters made contributing to Prime Time especially attractive.

Nathan L. Yocum: Writing for a charity anthology is the ultimate in win-win practices. For many authors, myself included, writing is a compulsive activity. It is a switch that cannot be turned off, an energy that cannot be suppressed, a voice that cannot be muted. To have that voice speak on behalf of animals, to have that gift work for the benefit of no-kill shelters…that certainly is a beautiful use borderline disordered behavior.

Randy Attwood: More than a year ago, I started donated $1 of each sale (ebook or paperback) of Crazy About You, to Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, KS because those great folks work the Suicide Prevention Hotline for my part of the country. I actually grew up on the grounds of a mental hospital in Kansas because my father was the institution’s dentist, and the state provided housing on the grounds. My first job was working in the dish washing room in the cafeteria, which fed its 1,500 patients. Some patients worked there, too. That old adage: write about what you know led me to create a novel set at the mental hospital and it’s nearby town from the first person point of view of the dentist’s son. One week in his life that grows him up faster than he could have ever wanted. I have a deep sympathy for people suffering from mental illness, so wanted any revenues made from Crazy About You to be shared with people combating the illness.cover1000

Sharon Bayliss: I’m honored to be part of an anthology that will be benefitting select no-kill animal shelters. I’ve seen first hand how hard shelters like these work to care for and protect animals who would otherwise suffer abuse, neglect, and probable death. It’s humbling and wonderful to know that I’ll be able to do a small part to help simply by doing what I love.

Jose Prendes: Writing means the world to me, and if it can help a worthy cause then the struggle is all the more worth it!

Rand Lee: I would not be alive and writing today were it not for the work of several therapeutic charities in my home state of New Mexico. Participating in this charity e-book anthology is my very tiny way of saying, “Thank you.”

Micheal Shean: Charity is nothing less than the duty we owe each other as people in this world.  We eternally seek connection, and helping one another without expectation of reward is an important part of establishing that connection with one another.  The universe is unthinkably enormous, and we are so very small; we do nothing but make ourselves even smaller if we do not seek to better each others’ lives.  In this way do we make ourselves greater than we were before.

Gerilyn Marin: Writing for charity . . . I don’t think I gave that a lot of thought, actually. I knew I was doing something I enjoy and that my efforts were in support of a good cause and that’s all that really mattered. It’s a unique thing to be able to do what you love and be rewarded in a way that has nothing to do with money or material things. My entire youth, I was that kid stuffing all her pocket change into the charity collection cans (I’d regret it a little bit afterward when I didn’t have money for things I needed or wanted, but I never questioned at the time that I’d done the right thing). I think giving to charity, doing for charitable causes, is that same way – you don’t think about it at the moment, ’cause you simply know it’s the right thing for you to do.

William Vitka: I’ve spent many years working with charities. From my brother’s own, Blue Redefined, where we worked to better the lives of those with disabilities, to the Kindle All-Stars, where all of the proceeds are donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. When CQ approached me with the idea, I jumped at it. Not necessarily because it means something to me, but because I hope it means something to those we help. Including our furry friends. What I’m trying to say is, the retired racing Greyhound we adopted here at the house forced me to.

“10% of every purchase will go straight to animals in need. The CQ team has selected
humane societies on both the East and West coast that spend well and do not
stray from their “no-kill” policies.” – Curiosity Quills

Check out now: PRIMETIME | After Dark

‘This CSReview feature is published in loving memory of Ty, the cat from an animal asylum who was taken off the streets when he was about one year old, treated for flea, worms and malnourishment, and released first to one caring family, and then to us.’
– Camilla Stein.

Copyright Camilla Stein ©2012. All rights reserved.



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