The way Perfect Flaw came around was kind of a fluke. I have always been a huge reader. I always have a book with me. People have often commented on how fast I read and how many books I get through. I was so lucky to meet so many book people and authors when I started reviewing books. I found that authors really appreciated how fast I could read and how honest I was in my reviewing.
A few years ago, my husband had a stroke and that made me reassess everything. I came to realize that life is short and you should be doing what you love and want to do. I sat down one day and thought and thought and decided to be honest with myself. I love books, I love reading, and I love it all. My husband is a writer, I am his main beta reader, and editor and I loved that too. I wanted to do more of that. It took a while for me to think of exactly how I could do more of it but I had a wonderful author friend that encouraged me to give it a shot so last year I sent a publisher a pitch to edit a dystopian anthology.
As far as why dystopian, it has always been one of my favorite genres. I love Science Fiction and Fantasy but Dystopian is a genre that I could read all time. Ever since I read Lois Lowry’s “The Giver”, I have been hooked. The last couple of years we have seen a flourish of dystopian books mainly in YA but nevertheless there is more and that makes me giddy. While we have seen more and more dystopian there still is not that much around.
As I was trying to think of a topic to pitch I was actually reading “The Hunger Games” and that lead me to want to do Perfect Flaw. I got to thinking, what do others see as dystopian? Given just the prompt of society gone wrong, a society that looks perfect to an outsider but has that one perfect flaw that make it a repressive state. What would a group of writers do with that?
Stroke of luck a publisher let me take a crack at it. As submissions started rolling in, I was amazed to hear many of the authors talking about how they were so excited to see a call for dystopian stories. The stories came in from all over the world and many styles. They were dystopian but there was sci fi, fantasy, horror, political thriller, and steampunk. It was awesome to see what people had written.
The hardest part in all this was I received about 75 submissions and my publisher said they wanted about 12-15 stories. I loved reading all the stories and found it hard to narrow it down. I did an initial read through and weeded the stories down then I went to my publisher and asked if I could include a few more then 15. I reread and weeded down some more. I finally settled on 17 fantastic stories. Another awesome thing about the publisher, Seventh Star Press, is they have amazing artist and they had an amazing artist work with me and brought my vision of the book to life on the cover. So Perfect Flaw was born.