TWO Southland authors are literally writing themselves into the history books.
Storm Reece, who writes under the pseudonym Catherine Taylor, and Mouse Diver-Dudfield are among 100 authors from around the world taking part in a Guinness world record attempt.
“It’s just exciting. I love the fact that there are all these authors from around the world getting together and collaborating to do this,” Mrs Reece said.
Shaun M Jooste, a writer from Cape Town, South Africa, and owner of publishing company Celenic Earth Publications, is attempting to break the record for the most authors contributing short stories to an anthology. The current record is 50. Mr Jooste plans to double that.
Short story submissions had been accepted from writers from South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Nigeria, Mexico and Switzerland.
The Southland authors are among three New Zealanders whose short stories have been accepted for inclusion in the anthology. The other is poet/writer John Irvine.
Mrs Reece said she had wanted to take part in the world record attempt to challenge herself and grow her craft.
“I thought it was great fun, but as authors trying to make a living out of books, it is important to try and get as much attention as we can. You can’t be shy in this industry. If you want to sell books you have got to make a lot of noise.”
Ms Diver-Dudfield said she wanted to be involved in part because her children read the Guinness Book of World Records
“I thought they would be chuffed to see my name in it… also [in a bid] to bring light to Southland authors.”
Mrs Reece, who typically writes erotic thrillers, had submitted a crime fiction film noir entitled A Shot to the Heart, her first foray into the genre.
“This time I went with a genre I am passionate about reading – crime fiction.”
Ms Diver-Dudfield’s short story was an historical comedy called The Highwayman, which had been her first attempt at writing a short story, she said.
To succeed in breaking the world record, 1000 copies of the anthology must be printed, of which 50% of the print copies must be sold and 50% in digital sales.
Mrs Reece said she hoped Southlanders would get involved and purchase the anthology to support the world record attempt.
The anthology’s official launch is on September 30.