Today, November 13, is World Kindness Day and is a fitting date for the publication of the Everyday Kindness anthology. I’m proud to have a short story in this wonderful book edited by crime writer LJ Ross, featuring the work of 55 writers. All of the stories have been chosen to uplift and inspire, and by heavens that’s never seemed more important than right now.
Many of the contributions are by crime novelists stepping out of their comfort zones to write something lighter than their usual territory – I think the results will be very interesting! I, on the other hand, am not a crime writer so my story is about what interests me the most, family dynamics. It’s called ‘Planting Out’, and I explain a bit more about it in this short video:
All proceeds from the anthology go to the homelessness charity Shelter UK. There is also an ongoing charity auction to raise further funds. Every day, two of the contributing authors donate items ranging from writing critique to signed copies of their books. Tomorrow (November 14), for example, there is an opportunity to bid on a copy of Lee Child’s authorised biography The Reacher Guy, signed by both the author Heather Martin and Lee Child himself. It’s all happening over on the dedicated Facebook page here. Bidding on each item lasts for just 24 hours.
Everyday Kindness is published by Dark Skies Publishing (rrp £12.99). It is available in the UK from Waterstones, WH Smith, Blackwell’s and various independent bookstores. It can also be ordered in hardback or on Kindle from Amazon. If you would like to buy a copy (or even a few for Christmas presents!) and support this wonderful cause along the way, the various buying options are listed here.
Photo: Claire Murphy