A New Twist of Fate ~ and Faith

Photo of Twist of Fate book featuring poem The Wind and The Spirit by Linda Bonney Olin

Today’s mail brought my paperback copies of Twist of Fate, a charity anthology produced by Indies in Action. If you have sharp eyes, you can sneak a peek at “The Wind and The Spirit” in the photo. I wrote this faith poem specifically for Twist of Fate, which was edited by Stephen L. Wilson and published by Navigator Books. All contributions were donated by the participants, and all proceeds will benefit the May Tornadoes Relief Fund, managed by the United Way. (Yes, that’s why I used tornado imagery in the theme and visual layout of “The Wind and The Spirit.”)

Indies in Action is a group of independent writers and artists who banded together to tangibly express our compassion for victims of tragedies. Our first anthology project, Angels Cried, benefits the survivors of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Twist of Fate was released early in July, and quickly shot to the Number One spot on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list. Its success is well deserved. The Indies aren’t just caring people, they’re also good writers! I particularly liked W. F. Lantry’s poem “Storm,” Dave Fessenden’s poem “Holy Vine,” and Lori Dillon’s short story “Ruby Slippers.”

Even though Connecticut and Oklahoma are American locales, Indies from around the world pitched in on both anthologies. Dr. Kiriti Sengupta of India, for example, not only donated two pieces of writing to Twist of Fate but also delved further with interviews of several contributors. Check out his interview “Linda Bonney Olin, a God-Centered Writer from the U.S.” and jump from there to other fascinating entries on Kiriti’s blog.

Of course, Indies in Action can’t succeed in our charitable quest without folks who contribute by purchasing copies of the anthologies! To get in on that action, click on the links below. Don’t forget to leave a comment here and a review on Amazon. Thanks!

~ Linda

Twist of Fate paperback
Twist of Fate ebook
Angels Cried paperback
Angels Cried ebook


4 thoughts on “A New Twist of Fate ~ and Faith

  1. Wonderful blog post, Linda! I really enjoyed your entry and appreciated the imagination and creativity you expressed with your poem. Thank you for being a part of Indies In Action, and an advocate for our cause.

    • My pleasure, Stephen. I don’t often do shaped poetry, but Emrys Tyler (poet and critiquer par excellence in my local writers group) suggested the spiral funnel cloud layout for “The Wind and The Spirit.” I’m delighted with the way it came out on the printed page. You’ve done an amazing job as editor, formatter, promoter, and handholder-in-chief. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the post, Linda. My husband, W.F. Lantry, and I enjoyed your shape poem, “The Wind and The Spirit.” Evocative and moving. Thank you for mentioning his poem “Storm” as a particular favorite. It was written after a recent tornado in the DC area. It has been a pleasure for him to be a joint contributor with you to this worthwhile project.

    • Hi, Kate. Thanks for your note. Apologies for the delay in moderating it – I just got home from a week-long writers conference where I didn’t have good internet access.

      I truly admire poets like Bill who manage to combine a worthwhile theme, delightfully original (but comprehensible!) imagery and language, and consistent structure. Although “The Wind and The Spirit” doesn’t have a regular meter or rhyme scheme, my poems usually do. I guess I always have in the back of my mind the idea of putting them to music.

      Are you a writer (or other species of creative) yourself?

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