The world of the 21st century is a very divided and unequal place. The current decade is beginning with very grim situations the world over. Although many positive developments have taken place, and these include the reduction of poverty and mortality (for causes other than age) to all-time lows in relation to the world's population; nonetheless, because of population growth, the sheer numbers of people living in poverty, suffering and dying of curable diseases, being sold into and kept in slavery are at a record high. Coupled with the growing number of natural disasters fueled by our unsustainable way of life, the coming decade is going to be incredibly challenging and even disastrous if we don't fuel change right now. Quite simply, there are millions of people suffering and something should be done about it.
Since starting my journey as a published author in 2019, I have taken on a new attitude. I am getting things done, like publishing a book I wrote 15 years ago. What can I do about all the social and environmental issues that face this planet we call home? Well, here follow a few of my ideas...
5% of all profits made from my books will go to charitable endeavours
As of June 2019, 5% of the profits of my books will go to Taking Wing Foundation towards supporting youths and young adults, residing in Malmö's immigrant districts and who come from disadvantaged, immigrant backgrounds, achieve their potential.
I also use my writing to further change by supporting charities with specific books. Read below for more information about these books and which charities they support.
About Taking Wing Foundation
Taking Wing Foundation is my own initiative to provide life coaching to young adults from the immigrant district where I live. I feel strongly that the biggest untapped potential for significant change is embedded in the youths with disadvantaged, working-class and immigrant background who have their feet in two worlds and who can therefore think out of the box to develop new and innovative solutions to our social and environmental difficulties. However, many of these youths are stuck with negative mental processes and self-images which hold them back from achieving their potential. Life coaching is the perfect solution to this, and I would like to provide it for a better future.
Books raising funds for charity
Children of War is a charity anthology in support of the children of Ukraine. The toll of war is a high one and to grow up suffering from PTS is crippling for a person's development. Voices of Children is a Ukrainian charity providing counselling and other forms of psychological support to war-trauma victims. The charity was established in 2015 and has been working with volunteer psychologists to bring art therapy and mobile psychologists to the most vulnerable in Ukrainian society, victims now of yet another armed conflict.
The Children of War anthology is a multi-genre collection of short stories.
~ 4-8k words (8k is a hard limit as we have to limit the size of the anthology for the print edition)
~ one character needs to have experienced war during childhood. This does not have to be the main character of the story
~ all genres of fiction and personal memoir welcome. There will be a division of genres in the book's presentation
~ submission deadline 1 June 2022
Enchanted Forests is an illustrated anthology of short stories featuring magical forests and woodlands, and the mythical creatures inhabiting them. Enchanted Forests will be raising money to support Rainforest Foundation who work closely with indigenous peoples to protect the rainforests in which they live. We hope these fantasy tales can inspire a new generation of readers to embrace our responsibility to take better care of our environment. We would like our writing to make a difference.
My contribution to this anthology is Willow Daughter, a short piece related to my upcoming novel, Johara's Choice. Willow Daughter is a prequel providing a backstory to the fairytale The Tinderbox, and it is partly inspired by the beautiful song by Erutan: The Willow Maid.
Enchanted Waters is an illustrated anthology of short stories featuring magical water creatures and is raising money for the ocean-protection charity, Oceana. We hope these fantasy tales can inspire a new generation of readers to embrace our responsibility to take better care of our environment. We would like our writing to make a difference.
My contribution to this anthology is The Naiad's Curse, a short piece related to my novel, Naiya's Wish, but told from the perspective of the miller, Nate, who makes a deal with the naiad. In essence, this is a short retelling of the original tale from the original point of view.
History shows us the horrors of totalitarianism, but what would a future world under a totalitarian regime look like? These eight tales of dystopia take readers behind the iron walls to answer that question.
My contribution to this anthology is "In Pursuit of Independence" a Tale from the dystopian mind. This is my exploration of how our beliefs can create a dystopian life.
All profits from Iron Walls are being donated to Voice of the Martyrs to support their work in protecting people persecuted for their faith.
Enchanted kingdoms was a limited edition set of 20 fairytale retellings put together by a team of 24 award-winning and best-selling authors. This USA Today Bestselling set was a limited edition because it was aiming to raise money for the children's autism charity, Puzzle Peace United. This charity works together with communities, schools, businesses and families to educate people coming into contact with children on the autism spectrum in order to help make the lives of these children easier and more rewarding. All proceeds of Enchanted Kingdoms went to Puzzle Peace United and we raised over $5 500 for this charity. For more information about the charity, see below.
My contribution to Enchanted Kingdoms was Naiya's Wish, my fourth book in the Elisabeth and Edvard's World series. This is a retelling of the Grimm Brothers' lesser-known tale, The Nix of the Mill-pond. Naiya's Wish will be re-published in November of 2021.