Elly Blue, the motivating force behind Bikes in Space and editor of most of the volumes, is interviewing contributors to Bicycles & Broomsticks. Those interested in authors’ thoughts on creative endeavors, the meaning of witchcraft, and significant bicycle memories should head on over to the Kickstarter page. My interview went live on Wednesday.
“For all that I considered my parents overprotective at the time (and in some ways do even in retrospect), I did have the sort of childhood where I could disappear outside for hours and then come home. Summer was all about bike rides. I couldn’t get to what I considered a destination, but I could ride up and down the street. Sometimes, I would ride with my sister and other neighborhood kids, but many of my memories are from solitary jaunts.”
Bicycles & Broomsticks is the latest entry in Microcosm’s Bikes in Space series of anthologies. As in the previous volumes, these stories share the themes of bikes and feminism; but this time, the secret ingredient is witchcraft.
My story is set in 1890s London at the intersection of middle-class bicycling, Egyptology, occult societies, solitary magical practice, and gendered power dynamics. I had a lot of fun researching and writing it (and editing it—no, really!) and I can’t wait to hold the book.
The Kickstarter funds the publication and adds to base author payment (so buying through the Kickstarter rather than other bookstores will toss a bit extra our way). Aside from me wanting more filthy lucre to buy more books for myself, I’d like to see it succeed for the sake of a quirky small press. As I’m typing, the project’s approaching halfway funded and the campaign continues until October 27th. So if you like bikes, feminism, and witches, please consider backing.