by D.M. Atkins
Today is my birthday! I have travelled around the sun on this planet fifty times.
Other folks make “New Year’s Resolutions.” I make birthday promises to myself.
In February of 2009, I started working on the business model for a new kind of publishing. My partner registered the domain name ForbiddenFiction.com as one of my birthday presents.
In February 2010, I sort of did a “what have I been waiting for” birthday – dyed my hair purple (my favorite color) and changed my first name (the old one never suited me). Rylan Hunter and I outlined the original plan for ForbiddenFiction.com.
In February 2011, we launched the early version of this site and sent out the first invitations to some of my favorite authors – two of whom, Lynn Kelling and J.A. Jaken, responded by sending us the first novels in our collection.
February is also Rylan Hunter’s birthday. Yes, two of the five staff members are Aquarian. Trust me, it makes sense. We like to do things differently. Last year, Rylan and I promised each other to work our arses off and have our first publications out by our next birthdays.
This year, we launched our first three ebooks midway between our two birthdays. See our New Releases page for The Band Played On by Theda Black, Milk by Claryssa Berg, and The Woods In Winter by Madeleine Swann. We expect to have the first novels (Deliver Us by Lynn Kelling & Exodus, Volume 1 of The House of Silence by J.A. Jaken) launched within the next month.
This year, my birthday promise to myself (and Rylan) is to have the site itself rebuilt and serializing fiction before our next birthdays.
So Happy Birthday, ForbiddenFiction.com, Rylan and me!