We at Made in L.A. Writers have been working like crazy to put our first anthology together since deciding on it late last year. The anthology is now available in print and releases in digital format on the occasion of the L.A. Times Festival of Books (April 21-22), where we’ll have a booth. If you’re in L.A., we’d love to see you there. My own fiction contribution to the 300+ page volume, a 45-page novella titled Dry Bones, is set right here in the City of Angels, as are all the other stories. I’m very excited about this anthology! Here’s a peek at the cover and the list of fabulous authors.
Amy Sterling Casil
Readers in Los Angeles are thirsty for stories that bring their city to life. This anthology features a diverse range of voices and genres. Like the City of Angels in which these stories were born, nothing is off-limits. Literary or contemporary, noir or ghost story, fabulism or science fiction, each story in this volume will forever change the way you look at this iconic metropolis.
Made in L.A. Writers is a collaborative of Los Angeles-based authors dedicated to nurturing and promoting indie fiction. This 2018 volume is the first of the annual Made in L.A. anthology series. While our styles, themes, and story locales differ, our work is both influenced and illuminated by our hometown and underpinned by the extraordinary, multifaceted, and often surreal culture and life of the City of Angels.
From my colleague Cody Sisco’s introduction to the volume, here’s the scoop on how this anthology series came to be:
“In 2017 four indie authors first came together under the Made in L.A. banner to support each other and share a booth at the Los Angeles Festival of Books. We passed out bookmarks, watched as kids made away with our candy, chatted with a few questionable characters, and found many new fans. We expected all of that.
“What surprised us was how many people approached our booth with a version of the question: Are these books all set in L.A.? Our reluctant though truthful response, “Not really,” didn’t satisfy them and it didn’t satisfy the four of us, who saw a missed opportunity to “give them what they want.”
My own novella, Dry Bones, set in the Altadena foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, revolves around the breakdown of relationships, reality, and even time in the face of L.A.’s haunted past of cults and occultism.
The Made in L.A. anthology is already available in print at Amazon, and will release as an Amazon eBook on Saturday April 21. If you prefer the digital copy, please pre-order it now, since every pre-ordered copy will help us immensely by building momentum and interest on release day. Either click on the book cover image above or follow this link to the book page for either edition.
We had a lot of fun putting this volume together, and I know you’re going to love it. And don’t forget — if you’re in L.A. that weekend, do stop by our booth at the festival and say hello!
2 responses to “The Made in L.A. Anthology is here!”
I love stories with cities as one of the main characters. These have ranged the gamut from gritty crime noir to lighthearted comic romps.
London is one of my favorite characters.
Now, I’m thinking Los Angeles will become one as well.
Speaking of Los Angeles, I cannot help but think of Robert Crais wonderful detective stories and procedurals the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. The city is strong in them- and in Flow My Tears…, much of James M Cain’s work, Play It as It Lays, and so many more.
Can’t wait to read this!!
Jeff, thank you so much! 🙂 I think you’ll enjoy this antho a lot, it really digs into the heart of what L.A. is about, I think. And I agree about stories with cities(or even buildings, as in Bonnie’s work) as characters. I’ve not read Robert Crais, though, so thanks very much for the tip: I like crime. My go-to of course for L.A. is Chandler, whom I just recently re-read. Thanks again!