Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Introducing the Fiction Femme Fatale

We are practically bouncing off of the walls with excitement over this new blog and we can’t wait to tell you all about how it came to be and what we have planned for it! Where to start…hmm…maybe the best way to kick things off is to start at the very beginning, so here goes:

Once upon a time…..

There were three young adult writers all at different points on the road to publication. They were dedicated to their craft and to writing novels, but sometimes they longed to write just for the sheer fun of it. They wanted to stretch themselves in new directions, to not take the process so seriously, to be inspired in new and different ways. They wanted a place to experiment, a place where roughish drafts were welcome and strange new ideas were cheered on.  They dreamed of a place where other writers like themselves could send in their own stories and put them out there into the world for others to see. They wanted to feel empowered and empower others to tell stories boldly. And so they banded together and began a site that would hopefully do just that.


Here’s how it works:

At the beginning of each month, one of the Fiction Femme Fatale will post a picture that speaks to them.  Then all three of us will set about writing a thousand word story inspired by the picture. There are no rules or boundaries other than these:

It has to be rated PG

It has to be geared towards young adults or middle graders

On the first three Fridays of each month we will each post our stories for your reading pleasure. Krystalyn will post the first week, Stefanie will post the second, and Amy will post the third. Then the last week of the month, we will invite you to submit an original thousand word (or less) story of your own based on the same picture and we will pick one to post on this blog. If there happens to be a fifth week in any given month, we will hold some very exciting contests and giveaways.

Our hope is that this blog will be a source of growth and inspiration not just for us, but for other writers out there like us. We truly believe that in order to make our dreams come true we need to give ourselves the opportunity to get more work out there, to push ourselves in directions we wouldn’t normally have gone, and to rediscover what makes telling a story so much fun in the first place. We hope that you will join us on this journey and we look forward to seeing what we can all create together!

Look for our first picture to be posted by next Monday. For this month only we will have a special guest writer posting on our last Friday of the month. We did this to give you time to discover us and see what we’re doing before you were asked to submit any work of your own. But starting in May, please plan to take a long hard look at our chosen photo and see if it inspires you. Then, if you would like to submit a story, please email us at

***please paste your story into the body of the email. We will not open any attachments. All stories must be submitted no later than the third Friday of the month. The three of us will review all submissions and come to a collective decision. If we pick your story, we will notify you by email the following Wednesday and your story will post that Friday.