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!
I attended my last two writing conferences with a baby strapped to my chest. It terrified me and added a decent amount of anxiety. I pictured him crying inconsolably while other attendees glared at me for selfishly ruining their learning opportunity. It took a lot of deep breaths, and a good pep talk to convince myself that just because I was a mother did not mean I also had to be stuck at home. I had talents, I deserved to learn, and I was also a capable mother who could take care of her child in a public setting. So, off I went.
The bravery to go didn’t come on its own, though. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful support group. The girls at Writing Through Brambles are passionate about motherhood and their writing, and believe the two go hand in hand. This belief has led us to create an anthology centered on mothers called Beyond Instinct.
We're all writers, we're all moms, writing our way through the "brambles" of life and our stories.