The Novel Approach welcomes authors F.E. Feeley Jr. and Leona Windwalker today on the Indigent Anthology blog tour. I’m so pleased to be able to share some information about this important project with you.
Blurb: Five authors have joined together to produce stories evoking both loss and hope. Reaching deep within their fiery imaginations, these stories take flight and showcase dreams for a better today and future for LGBT everywhere. Embodying a diverse set of talents and stories, this volume sets out to grab the hearts of those who read the m/m genre and to offer hope to LGBT across the globe. By offering this book, we hope to support the following charities across the globe:
GALA, South Africa
Youth Off The Streets, Australia
The Albert Kennedy Trust, United Kingdom
This anthology edited by Louis J Harris and Kimi D Saunders
Indigent has been produced to entertain and delight and all the stories leave the reader with a “feel good” state of mind.
Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr’s “Indigent”, after which the anthology takes its name, brings the reader to witness an apocalyptic war between the good and evil that rages in one man’s mind. Soon he will know that his problems are insignificant compared to those of others.
Mari Evan’s “Stumbling into Forever”, involves a handsome young vampire who will learn that just a sip of blood is the difference between love and freezing to death.
Leona Windwalker’s “If Only the World”, takes rejection to another level. A heartbreaking story that is turned on its head by the kindness of strangers.
Shaye Evans’ “Rescued”, is a contemporary social statement about the aftermath of a young man’s life after his drink has been spiked at a bar.
M. LeAnne Phoenix’s “Higher Love”, takes us on an almost spiritual journey through the minds of two people who have never met, but have spoken on a telepathic level. When they do come together, that bond is already cemented, but there is a price to pay.
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Frederick: I wrote Indigent last June when my husband and I bought our home. Prior to that, I was a bit of a drifter. Having gone all over hell’s half acre to try to find a place where I belonged.
The day we bought the home, after having moved all of our belongings (which wasn’t much) and moving a friend in (thank god they had more) in the hot Texas sun, I was exhausted.
But we needed supplies. A garbage can, a mop, a microwave, etc. so John convinced me to go to Target. I was wiped. I mean silly tired. But we went.
We got down to eastex freeway right before you turn to get to the shopping center and there was a man with a cardboard sign standing on the side of the road.
I reached into my center console for a couple of bucks that I had there. We affectionately refer to what little money I carry on me, as my mugging money. And I rolled the window down and handed the bedraggled man what I had.
“God Bless you, sir.” He said.
God. Bless. You. Sir. I snicker when I think of someone calling me sir. He didn’t know me. I could have been anyone. I could have been anything. But this man said, God bless you, sir to me.
“No, God bless you, sir” I responded and made it around the corner before I burst into sobs.
John was surprised and worried, of course. And he asked me what was wrong.
“I have a house and he doesn’t.” It was all I could say.
I made it through Target without another Steel Magnolias moment, but just barely.
But “God Bless you, Sir” burned in my head. After everything was put away it took me a couple more weeks to hammer it out in my wasteland I call a brain but it came out.
I put it on my blog and the rest is history.
God. Bless. You. Sir.
God Bless YOU sir, wherever you are.
Leona: Frederick wrote Indigent and the idea of using it to actively help homeless LGBT in need percolated around, and one day I said to him, we should do this. And he said, “Right on.” Louis over at CoolDudes was onboard the moment he heard the idea, and the other authors jumped in with both feet. Fred really motivated the rest of us to try to make a difference in this very tangible way, while bringing attention to the plight of many LGBT.
Frederick: The reason why I think this anthology is important is that I refuse to be okay with lives being given over to chance. Our world is filled with chaos, from war, to famine, to pestilence, and death. The four horsemen are busy and have been busy since man climbed out of the Forest Primeval. There was a time in my life when I didn’t know how I was going to eat. Where I was going to sleep etc. and that was the most terrified I had ever been in my entire life. If you put food in someone’s belly, a roof over their head, and clothes on their back, you remove some of the worst stress a person (no matter the age) can experience in life. We live in an age where, the popular opinion of many is ‘I got mine, now you go get yours’, but people don’t really realize how close they are on the edge of having all of that swiped away. A catastrophic illness, a death in the family, a bad financial market. Most people in the word, unless they are part of the very few Bourgeois, teeter in the space between solvency and utter insolvency. My choice to do this, is not purely on the side of high moral reasoning, there is some part of me that needs to acknowledge the past, put it to rest, but leave a trail up and out of those circumstances. And unfortunately prayers and well wishes and good intentions are not the only way to make sure people don’t starve to death or Freeze to death. It takes money. And lots of it. So thank you, all of you, who buy a copy of this book. Your little bit of money will mean the difference between life and death for someone given over to apathy and chance.