SF Writers Create Book To Aid Navy Vet After A Fire

Life After Ashes cover COMPOver 50 sf authors, including Nisi Shawl, Lucy A. Snyder, Gary Braunbeck, Tobias Buckell, and Laura Resnick, are providing stories for Life After Ashes, an anthology created to help raise money for the family of a Navy veteran and fellow author who lost his home in a fire.

Writer, Navy vet and single father Greg Campbell and his children, Isaac and Scarlett, lost everything when the house burned down this month, including childhood mementos, keepsakes and photos of his late wife, and family pets. Tia Fix Rumbaugh, Isaac’s stepmother, started a crowdfunding campaign to help the family get back on their feet.

The idea for the anthology came up after Steven Saus offered digital copies of his own books as rewards for backers. “I’d just met Isaac, one of the children who lost their home. Not only is his father an author, but Isaac is an aspiring writer himself and an avid reader. It just seemed natural. Then when other authors asked if they could contribute stories as backer rewards, I knew we had the start of something special.” (The full press release about the book is here.)

Life After Ashes will be available in ePub, Kindle, and PDF formats to anyone who contributes $25 or more to the crowdfunding campaign raising money for the family. Access the donation site here.

Rumbaugh says the book is having a great impact on the family. “This anthology isn’t just about raising funds to help the Campbells and give people an amazing read from award-winning authors – it’s a cause, it’s a quest, it’s an idea turned into physical hope; hope for Greg, hope for Isaac, hope for Scarlett. Life isn’t all about loss. Life can rise up from the ashes.”

[Thanks to Steven Saus for the story.]