Brixham-based author Holly Martin has turned her hand to writing about kindness - in celebration of World Kindness Day.
She is among the 55 authors whose short story will feature in Everyday Kindness, a heart-warming new anthology that celebrates the compassionate acts of everyday life.
Holly, who has been writing romantic comedies and young adult fantasy novels for 12 years, is a multiple award-winning and best-selling writer with 28 books under her belt.
She has sold more than 1.5 million copies of her books worldwide and had her work translated into nine languages.
Her fictional story, A Festive Tail, describes how the tenants of a block of flats bond over the hunt for a stray dog on Christmas Eve.
She said: “I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of this wonderful anthology alongside some amazing authors. Shelter is a great charity and one I've supported several times in the past.
"Last year, especially, was a difficult year for everyone with so many businesses in lockdown, many lost their jobs or were put on reduced hours and that meant that many people were at risk of losing their homes.
"The next few years will be uncertain for many people and Shelter are receiving more and more calls every day from people concerned about their housing situation.
"Being a part of this anthology will help to support those who need help and advice in the coming months.
“While trying to think of an idea for my short story, I was inspired by the expression, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' And although there are no children in my story, there are three dogs and a small community of people who all pull together on Christmas Eve to help them.”
Edited by internationally bestselling author LJ Ross, the Everyday Kindness anthology features more than 50 uplifting tales from new, established, bestselling and award- winning authors from across the country.
It came about from the author’s desire to combine the skills of those in the wider writing community to promote positivity and raise funds for Shelter, a vital charity that works to prevent homelessness and bad housing across the UK.
LJ Ross said: “The Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on so many communities and individuals around the world, none more so than those who were already among the most vulnerable in our society.
"We felt there was no better time to support Shelter’s vital work and we hope our anthology will inspire readers to feel uplifted by the myriad of ways that compassion can appear in everyday life.
"We would also like to express our gratitude to all those who contributed to this endeavour.”
Everyday Kindness: A collection of uplifting tales to brighten your day, edited by LJ Ross, is out on Saturday, November 13 - World Kindness Day - and is published in hardback (£12.99) and ebook (£2.99) by Dark Skies Publishing. All sales proceeds will be donated to Shelter.
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