Writing Community Unites to Write “Stories of Strength” for Disaster Relief

As they watched the coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, writers who had gathered on the AbsoluteWrite.com message boards decided not to sit by helplessly any longer. Instead, they set their pens and keyboards to work– writing uplifting essays, short fiction, and poetry on the theme of “strength.” The result is the 316-page anthology Stories of Strength, with 100 percent of the proceeds to go to disaster relief charities, including the Red Cross, Americares, and the Salvation Army.

Headed by Jenna Glatzer, author of acclaimed Celine Dion biography For Keeps, this project attracted contributions from many well-known writers, including a story and an original hymn by award-winning science fiction novelist Orson Scott Card, an essay by famed actor Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Stand By Me), and a short story from Christian romance author Robin Lee Hatcher.

With more than 100 pieces from writers all over the world, and the gracious efforts of prominent editors and graphic designers, Stories of Strength is a tribute to the human spirit: celebrating true stories of courage and endurance in challenging situations that range from the death of a child to living through natural disasters, to smaller-scale trials, like dealing with returning an overdue book to the local Library Troll.

Long-time blogger Meryl K. Evans of Plano, Texas, is one of the writers whose work was chosen for the anthology. Her essay, “My Quiet Relationship with Dad,” is about the strength she gained from her dad’s gentle support in her leading a normal life in spite of her deafness. “What Jenna Glatzer has managed to put together in such a short time is nothing short of miraculous, and I am honored to be a part of it,” says Meryl. “I don’t typically write stories as I write about business, technology, and the Internet. It was wonderful to push my writing boundaries and use my love of writing to help people in need. I hope this project helps many.”

Alternating between tear-jerking and humorous, Stories of Strength is guaranteed to inspire and remind readers that the human spirit knows no boundaries.

“Many people have said they plan to order copies for everyone on their holiday list,” says Jenna Glatzer. “What a fantastic way to give a present that also helps people rebuild their lives.”

The writers hope to turn their words into sizable long-term contributions to disaster relief charities. In addition to the writers’ donations, publishing company Lulu is generously donating its profits from the project. Lulu will also donate several media review copies.

Most writers are available for interviews, readings, and book signings.

The book is available direct from Lulu or Amazon, and available to order from bookstores worldwide soon thereafter. Review copies are available upon request.

## Book details:

Stories of Strength
Editor/Publisher: Jenna Glatzer
Publishing services provided by Lulu
ISBN: 1-4116-5503-6
Release date: November 1, 2005
316 pages
Price: $15.95
6.0 x 9.0 in., Perfect-bound, 60# cream interior paper, black and white interior ink, 100# white exterior paper, full-color (CMYK) exterior

## Contact:
Jenna Glatzer (storiesofstrength@jennaglatzer.com)

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