Mosaic is a collection of short stories and poetry by Margie Deeb, Stef Gonzaga, S. J. Henderson, Brian Rella, James Lee Schmidt, Ann Stanley, Lee J. Tyler and Christy Zigweid. Pieces range from serious to light-hearted. Follow Leonardo as he learns what his inventions have inspired. Wyatt finds hope in a time of darkness. One man learns that even in death his loved ones aren’t really gone. Josephine learns about a mother she hardly knew. Jane attempts to heal from the loss of her father during 9-11. Griffin learns about life on his journey to become a leader. Tracy learns something about the past that leads her to the future. Daniel’s magic pencil makes his drawings come to life. A child is haunted by the thoughts in his head. Zac finds exactly what he needs during an afternoon at a theme park. Sprinkled throughout is a collection of poetry sure to stir up emotions. Inspired by The Story Cartel class, each author brings their own unique style, offering something for everyone.
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About the Author
A bookworm from the age of six, Ann Stanley writes short stories and novels, and is a regular contributor to shortfictionbreak.com. Two of her short stories appear in Mosaic, A Story Cartel Compilation. You can occasionally catch her sparkling flute and piccolo spicing up salsa, bossas, and other tropical music in Tropicante, from Bend, OR, or run across her attempting to control her two corgis on one of Central Oregon's many trails.
When S. J. was a little S. J., she enjoyed writing stories and sharing them with her friends. Of course they were ridiculous, and, of course, she was supposed to be doing Math homework instead. However, those old stories lit the spark for sharing words with others. S. J. still avoids Math homework and hopes you like her books more than fractions and decimals. S. J. lives with her husband and four boys on a farm in The Middle of Nowhere, Michigan. Their family belongs to two dogs, one bored cat, and three horses. Most of S. J.'s free time is spent in the saddle, because she feels more comfortable there than on her own feet. She could live entirely off of pumpkin spice lattes and movie theater popcorn. The same Florence + the Machine CD has been on repeat in her minivan for two years; she's afraid that, if she dares to take it out, even the van will forget what a CD is. Her favorite books usually come in sets: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Twilight. S. J. believes you should read what brings your imagination to life, so if you haven't found it yet, keep reading!
Brian Rella is a speculative fiction writer and blogger who originally went to school to study Information Technology and Finance. After more than 15 years in corporate America, Brian found his true calling to be a writer. Learn more about Brian, his stories, and his journey to become a writer while maintaining a full time job and raising a young family at www.brianrella.com.
I love reading stories, telling stories and writing stories. I’ve been writing for most of my life, and, perhaps like many of you - I dreamed of writing a book and kicking off the next big book craze. Publications arriving in 2015: - Strange Tales of the Oskaloosa Oddities Society - While spending summers at his grandparents farm outside the small Kansas town of Oskaloosa - Tad uncovers a secret society of guardians chosen to protect a strange collection of mysterious and powerful relics that have been kept hidden for hundreds of years. Things definitely aren't what they seem in the small town of Oskaloosa. - The Writing Rookie Series - This instructional series of books is designed to help people who have always had the desire to write but could never understand what they should be doing. The series takes a "rookie" writer through each step of the writing process: from idea, to story, to market. The Writing Rookie Series can show anybody how to write that book they always dreamed of from start to finish.
Mosaic: A compilation of creative writing from the Cartel Collaborative
Christy Zigweid is a writer, household CEO, wife of a musician, and mother to two great kids. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education and has been a stay-at-home mom since 2007. Her current works-in-progress include two novels: The Forever Society and A Season of Change. Her first published work, a short story entitled "A New Beginning" is found in Mosiac, a collaborative project with her fellow writers from Story Cartel. If you don’t see her nose stuck in a book, you will likely find her behind a computer screen or spending time with her family.