One of the things I enjoy most about my job is its international nature. Not only do we publish books around the globe, but I have the privilege of working with authors from around the globe, as well.

I’m a firm believer that one cannot truly mature as a member of society without exposure to other cultures. There are many ways to do this, of course. But without that expansion, the human experience is rather limited imho.

I’ve had the good fortune to live abroad for a time and work in international settings in several of my jobs. And I’ve lived a good deal of my life in places with a diverse mix of cultures. I much prefer it that way.

So, when we were coming up with stretch goals for our most recent Fiction River subscription drive on Kickstarter, a volume called Writers Without Borders topped my list.

We set a series of stretch goals—a wish list of sorts for things we’d love to do if we made that much more money—during that campaign, and we blew through all of them.

Thus, Fiction River Presents: Writers Without Borders came to life.

Here’s the synopsis:

Fiction River crosses the border (and sometimes the galaxy) in this latest volume of Fiction River Presents. From a look into the Canadian side of World War II to the streets of London’s East End to worlds altogether alien, Writers Without Borders offers up international perspectives from Fiction River authors living outside the US. Spanning genre lines from historical mystery to fantasy to science fiction, this volume proves why Astro Guys says: “The Fiction River series is a wonderful mind-expanding read.”

Table of Contents
“Neutrality” by Karen L. Abrahamson
“Because” by Melissa Yi
“Dog Boy Remembers” by Jane Yolen
“The Red-Stained Wishing Tree” by Eric Stocklassa
“The Magnificent Citadel” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Impressions in the Snow” by Mark Leslie
“She Walks in Beauty” by Brenda Carre
“Magic and Sacrifice” by Felicia Fredlund
“Muggins Rules” by Russ Crossley
“Winning the Ocean Pearl” by T. D. Edge
“Blown” by Diana Deverell
“Closing the Big Bang” by Michèle Laframboise
“The Verdant Gene” by Marcelle Dubé
“The Moon was Bitter and Hungry” by JC Andrijeski

The majority of the authors in this volume were born and live in countries outside the US (and North America in several cases). Three of our authors are US-born but live either full or part-time in other countries. In fact, we have three of the seven continents represented here. (And if I can ever find a reason to publish a story from someone in Antarctica, that would just make my year.)

So, if you’re looking to do some traveling abroad—from the comfort of your own home—pick up a copy of Writers Without Borders here.

I think you’ll find it a very enriching experience.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.