CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A unique collection of short stories written by a group of regional authors has been released through Amazon.com today.
The collection, entitled "River Town," is a collaboration of six authors, who each penned a different story set in a fictional version of Charleston circa 1890.
The stories can each stand by themselves but share some of the same characters. Over the course of the collection, some of the plotlines begin to converge and intersect.
Four of the authors -- Eric Douglas, Elizabeth Gaucher, Jane Siers Wright and Geoffrey Cameron Fuller -- are native West Virginians. Katharine Herndon and Shawna Christos hail from Virginia.
Douglas, who organized and edited the project, said he had been envisioning a collaborative fiction project ever since he read the collaborative fantasy collection "Thieves' World" as a child.
"He took a group of writers, had them all submit characters and then write stories," he said. "I loved the idea and it really made for well-integrated fiction. Instead of being an anthology of short stories, the book became more than the sum of its parts."
After publishing his first novel, "Cayman Cowboys," Douglas moved back to Charleston after living out of state for 15 years. After returning home, he decided to try his hand at organizing a similar project.
"I wanted to try something like that and when I moved back to West Virginia about a year and a half ago, I decided it was time to write about home," he said. "This was also a great way for me to reconnect with some of my writing peers in West Virginia."
Before contacting the other authors with his idea, Douglas sat down and sketched out the characters and basic plot of what would become his contribution to the collection.