Here’s a story for you.
Once upon a time, there was a little white girl growing up in suburbia. This girl wanted to be a ballerina, then a writer, than a doctor. She grew up believing that she could be anything. And she grew up blind to the fact that many people do not have that choice.
Life went on and changed. She became a medical researcher, then lost that career almost as soon as it began due to the development of chronic illness.
And she had to forge a new path. This path meandered along through the same places she had always known for a long time. She started writing again, trying to forge a new career, inasmuch as she could.
One day she started listening to podcasts. One of the podcasts she listened to was Galactic Suburbia. Listening to this podcast changed everything about how she wrote and read, and about how she viewed the world (see this). She grew to admire the work that the Galactic Suburbia team were doing, and especially that of Alisa Krasnostein with Twelfth Planet Press.
And when the Twelve Planets series was announced, it is no surprise to anyone that she bought all of the shiny, shiny paperbacks.
And then she thought: I’ve been given so much and learned so much, so what can I do to give something back?
At the same time, there was another she, another person thinking and pondering and contemplating a similar journey.
Two paths converged and became one.
And thus the Journey Through the Twelve Planets was born.
For me, it is about giving something back. To Twelve Planet Press and to Alisa, as well as all of the fabulous authors of the collections (all of whom are authors I admire deeply) and everyone else who has been involved in the production of the Twelve Planets. The collection of collections is an amazing undertaking and I hope that this project can help to shine a little light on it and all of the people involved in it.