THREE Eurobodalla authors are among 14 from across the globe who have joined forces to help raise funds and awareness for Plan Australia by producing an anthology of short stories.
(Plan Australia is a non-profit organisation which runs projects that work to improve health, education and child rights in Africa and Asia.)
Released on January 14, the book, called Like a Girl, boasts 17 short stories and poems all containing the theme 'girls learning and kicking butt'.
Jeremadra author Mirren Hogan has contributed a short story titled Song of Rose, for the anthology, as well as being one of the anthology's editors.
Mireen has been writing “since forever” but has only started having work published in the couple of years.
“I think I need a certain amount of maturity to write the right stuff,” she said.
South Coast teen,Year 10 Carroll College student and Mirren’s daughter Kathryn Hogan contributed her story Runaway Victory — a story of success in spite of hardship.
The 15-year-old had no shortage of motivation to get involved.
“Plan Australia are raising money for girls who don’t have the same privileges as I have,” she said.
Surfside author Debbie Richardson, who writes under the name DL Richardson, contributed Slipstream, a science fiction story about women standing up and being counted where before they weren't considered capable.
"When we saw the plight of girls all over the world, we wanted to do something to help,” she said.
“What better way to help a great cause than by doing something we love.
“It's our gift to girls everywhere.
“You can be strong like a girl.”
Debbie has been writing since 1996, but only began seriously writing when she moved to the Eurobodalla from Sydney’s northern beaches ten years ago.
She has had three young adult novels, one novella and several short stories published.
The 14 authors, who met on Facebook and locally, come from privileged countries like Australia, but are driven to help all girls have the future they deserve.
Like a Girl is available as an ebook on iTunes, Amazon, Kobo and can be purchased in local bookshops.