Mothers are some of the most powerful people on the planet. They carry children within their own bodies for nine months and bring them into the world. They receive children they didn’t conceive into their homes and hearts with just as much love. They sacrifice. They teach by word and example, greatly influencing those in their care.
But mothers don’t often take a significant role in fiction. They sit on the sidelines, cheering on their children, and that’s only if they’re present in the first place. It’s as though society believes that once one becomes a parent they can no longer have adventures of their own, and no end goal to achieve. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Beyond Instinct is a collection of five short stories that show how mothers still have lessons to learn and stories to tell.
Each of the authors in the anthology included aspects they have seen in mothers in their own lives, or have experienced themselves. Read their responses below!
Morgan J. Muir, author of “Nadir”
[I included] the awe-inspiring grit of real single mothers that I know, as well as the very real emotions that all mothers experience from time to time as they do their best to raise their kids in a society that is bent on making us feel like failures. Actually, my entire story is based around a conversation I had with a single-mom friend of mine who said to me in a moment of despair and frustration, "it wasn't supposed to be this way." This is something my character shouts to the universe in her moment of darkness.
Christa Meisman, author of “Earth Spirit”
I would say that instinctive motherly protection comes through the most in “Earth Spirit”! One of the best/worst parts of being a real mom is foreseeing all the possible ways your child could get hurt. It makes for a lot of unnecessary anxiety in the day-to-day, but brings out the fierce face of a lioness when your child is in danger. Nothing, absolutely nothing, will come between you and your child. Myra definitely acts on that instinct throughout “Earth Spirit”.
Bree Moore, author of “Prostasia”
With “Prostasia,” I focused on the strength and intuition that a first-time mother can have, even as she journeys through the transition from maiden to mother. I made Kaia strong and determined in the protection of her unborn child as she makes the decision to leave relative security for the hope of something better. On some level, it's the journey every woman makes to give birth for the first time.
Marlena Money, author of “The White Prince”
An aspect of motherhood that is very important to me is the unconditional love a mother has for her child. The willingness to do whatever it takes for that child, no matter what. Even if that child wasn't birthed from her womb, nothing can stop a mother's love.
Rachel White, author of “Starsworn”
In “Starsworn,” Chira’s anxieties about her daughter’s safety have turned her healthy worry into a barrier between them. There are so many strengths that mothers can cultivate, but without balance those strengths can influence relationships for the worse. Mothers make mistakes all the time—they will always have attributes that need work—but that doesn’t diminish the love mothers have for their children.
Help us let the market know that readers want stories that give mothers a chance to take the stage! Preorder Beyond Instinct in paperback or as an ebook today. Also, join us this Friday (Dec. 14) for our release party, starting at 3pm MST!
Embark on the quest of motherhood in this first-of-a-kind anthology that blends the magic of Fantasy with the often-unsung role of Mother.
A kingdom's true heir is in hiding until her willful teenage daughter forces her to confront the fears of her past.
A wolf loses her family in tragic circumstances and finds love and healing by adopting an albino fawn.
A woman escapes her abusive husband and gains her magical abilities after giving birth for the first time.
A single mother defends her child from a dream-feeder during a terrifying night on the deadly forest floor.
A mother comes to accept her powers when invaders kidnap her young son.
Their stories are unique, but they have one thing in common: whether saving her child or saving the world, a mother's love is BEYOND INSTINCT.
We're all writers, we're all moms, writing our way through the "brambles" of life and our stories.