Today is the kickoff of the 30-day Kickstarter for Athena’s Daughters, an anthology of speculative fiction short stories written by women about women. The authors include Gail Z. Martin, Jean Rabe, Janine Spendlove and many more.
Athena’s Daughters is a collection of diverse and engaging science fiction and fantasy stories with one unifying theme: all of the protagonists are strong women that exhibit a wide range of physical attributes and abilities. And by strong we don’t necessarily mean physical strength (though we have those characters too), but ALL kinds of strength. The strength to stand up for what you know is right, the strength to make an unpopular decision, the strength to be a calming voice in a contentious situation. ALL forms of strength.
While many of these stories feature central characters who fit the prototypical ‘hero’ mold, that does not hold across the board. You’ll be entertained by a whole cast of female protagonists who range from your traditional ‘good guy’ to the villain you just love to hate (or even hate to love).
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m honored to be included as a stretch goal author for the anthology. I’ll be writing a short story tying into Wynde, featuring one of its heroines, Gemini Reed.
The Kickstarter has numerous other stretch goals, too, included additional cover art and bonus rewards for all backers. The different funding levels for backers have various rewards, as well, and some of them are very limited in number so be sure to contribute right away if you’re interested in them. Click over to the Kickstarter page for all of the details.
UPDATE: After 24 hours the project is nearing fully funded – 300 Backers pledged $7,576 of the $8,500 goal! We still need everyone to make our awesome stretch goals, which include a short story by me. Thanks to everyone for your support.
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Assembly of Geeks and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.
Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa and Gemini. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.