From fantasy and steampunk, to mystery and thriller, to contemporary social issue and romance, the authors in this book have all written novels that feature strong girls as protagonists.
These girls solve their problems using their brains, skills, reason, courage, and resiliency. In other words, they are kick ass girls, sometimes without literally kicking ass. They are heroines.
We wanted to find a way to celebrate these girls because they have the qualities that make women leaders in all aspects of life. And what better way for writers to do that than through writing!
The following pages contain short stories starring the heroines—or other characters— from the worlds depicted in our novels. They are the Kick Ass Girls of Fire and Ice YA Books.
Don’t be afraid to be a kick ass girl. Read on!
About the Author
Alice lives and works in the North East of England where she lives with her partner and slightly ferocious cat. She writes all manner of fiction with a tendency to lean towards the dark side, but also likes to challenge herself and write out of her genre too. Dreams and sleep-talking are currently a big source of inspiration and her debut novel, The Doors, is a young adult novel which originally sprouted from a dream several years ago and grew from there.
Emily S. Deibel lives in Saginaw, Michigan and squeezes in time to write when she’s not busy managing a household of four busy kids, a husband, and one fat cat. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and is a loyal Cougar volleyball and basketball fan. She is also a current member of SCBWI and loves to chat about books with both writers and readers. You can read one of her short stories posted on yarn at http://yareview.net/2011/08/in-the-spotlight and follow her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/emilysdeibel. 'Cecilly in Cinderland' is her first novel.
D. G. Driver is a member of SCBWI and Author's Guild. Along with Cry of the Sea, she has recently had a short story called “The Jamaican Dragon” published in an anthology of pirate stories titled A Tall Ship, A Sail, and Plunder from Dark Oak Press. She grew up in Southern California only 30 minutes from the beach. As a girl, she used to dream that magic would change her overnight into a beautiful mermaid. Alas, that never happened, but her love of the ocean never diminished. Even though she is landlocked in Tennessee now, she still only needs one whiff of sunscreen to bring her imagination alive. Thanks to the support of her husband and a sweet drawing of a mermaid done by her daughter that was taped on the wall above her desk to keep her motivated to finish, Cry of the Sea is her first published Young Adult novel. A dragon picture hangs there now, so we’ll see what happens...
Elisabeth Hamill is a nurse/wife/mom by day, unabashed geek/chocoholic/closet fantasy novelist by night. She lives with her family, dog, and cat in the wilds of eastern suburban Kansas, where they fend off flying monkey attacks and prep for the zombie apocalypse. On a more serious note, this is the fufillment of Elisabeth's lifelong dream to be an author. She is a cancer survivor, and wrote a large portion of her book, "Song Magick", during her cancer treatment and recuperation. She is enjoying good health and is deeply embroiled in her next project, an urban fantasy.
When asked why I write, I usually stutter out a made up answer that I can't remember three seconds later. I can't remember the very first time I decided I wanted to write, it's just something I kind of always did. I wrote really bad poems as a kid, then horrible short stories as a teenager and then passable plays in college. I'm an adult now (and nothing you can say can make me change my mind about that) and hopefully my writing has progressed with my age. When I'm not spending my time with made up people in made up places doing made up things - some would call it lying- I'm generally reading, running, watching sports, drinking good beers and eating too much food with the hubby. I'd love to tell you I'm a mountain climber or an astronomer or something cool like that, but I'm not that cool. In truth, some would say I'm nerdy. But the Dr. Who poster above my computer would beg to differ.
Christina Hoag won a prize for writing interesting stories when she was six years old and that’s what she’s been doing ever since as a newspaper journalist and novelist. She is the co-author of “Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence,” a groundbreaking book on gang intervention (Turner Publishing, 2014). “Girl On The Brink” is her first novel for young adults. Her debut adult novel, “Skin of Tattoos,” a literary gang thriller, is forthcoming from Martin Brown Publishing in 2016. A native of New Zealand, she has lived and travelled around the world. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Shelley Pickens is a Spanish teacher by day and a novelist by night. She’s been in love with everything paranormal since she can remember. After years of teaching high school students, she decided to take her firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and fantasy. When not teaching or writing, Shelley likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful children in Atlanta, Ga. Her escape from reality is her love of complex thriller and science fiction TV series like Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow. In her spare time she is an avid watcher of little league baseball. THE HAUNTING OF SECRETS is her debut novel. Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/6215602-shelley-pickens Instagram: instagram.com/shelleypickens Book Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQvKX0rb-Zg
Daisy White is a writer, mum, vintage lover, and award-winning literary entrepreneur. As the founder and owner of Daisy White’s Booktique (a pop up independent bookshop with a twist!) she has won business awards, been to speak at Number 10, Downing Street, and continues to support both authors and readers in their creative journeys. Her writing reflects her years spent travelling, and Daisy has had articles and letters published in various National and local magazines and papers. Born in the UK, Daisy spent time as child living in Wichita, Kansas, and has fond memories of attending school there (the library was huge!). She now lives in Brighton, on the South coast of England with her husband and two children, but still returns regularly to visit the USA. In her spare time Daisy competes in ‘mud races’ for charity. These include Hellrunner, Kamikaze, and Downland Devil and if there is a frozen lake to be swum that is just perfect! With her children, Daisy also enjoys browsing the lanes of Brighton for vintage hats and china and taking long family bike rides along the beach. ‘Taming Tigers’ is her YA debut for Fire and Ice.
Laura Wolfe lives in her home state of Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. She holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. Her writing has been published in multiple magazines, including Practical Horseman. Laura is an accomplished English rider and a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, growing vegetables in her garden, or spoiling her rescue dog. She dreams of living in a log cabin on a minimum of one hundred acres, ideally, in a slightly warmer climate.