The Thing That Turned Me: An Anthology

For the past few months, I’ve been posting teasers and giving hints about the upcoming anthology, The Thing That Turned Me, and my short story contribution to it.

Well, I’ll tell you! “The Disappearance of Miss Mary Dawkins” (quite a long title for a short story) is part of the backstory from my shelved-and-scrapped novel The Keegans of Banner’s Edge, which then got scraped up and reshaped into Pearl.

I have a long habit of giving my characters elaborate backstories. Super elaborate backstories.”Mary Dawkins” is an instance of that; I needed a mother for Miles Keegan’s white daughter and a reason why the mother isn’t in the picture anymore.

Alexandra Keegan’s parents tell her that her birth mother died in childbirth.

But she didn’t.

You’ll have to wait until May 31st to find what exactly happens, but suffice it to say Mary Dawkins is caught in a tough spot for 1793 Boston–she’s unmarried, she’s been involved with a few men, and she’s pregnant.

Pregnancy in itself is a huge turning point for women, physically, mentally, emotionally. But what happens when the pregnancy–this huge life event–is shadowed because it didn’t come about in the “right” way? What happens when the woman herself has no maternal instincts whatsoever–in a time and place where most women were just simply expected to have babies?

The story doesn’t overlap in any way with Pearl; it takes place years before. But it’s part of that world.
I think that story world probably has a few more stories in it, but those are for another time.

12 thoughts on “The Thing That Turned Me: An Anthology

  1. I love that so many stories are hiding away in The Keegan's of Banner's Edge! I would love to stumble into something like that myself. ^_^ This makes me want to talk about my story – I scraped the poem I originally submitted for something else! Just in the nick of time. Lol!


  2. I know what happens, but I'm not telling ^_^ You've written one incredible story, Michelle! I can't wait to share it with the world on your behalf!You remind me a lot of Edgar Allen Poe, not in writing style, but in writing commitment. He also wrote long, elaborate backstories for his stories and characters and it shone through in his writing. It shines through in yours, too!


  3. Oh, you did? I want to hear about it! It's promo week one, after all :-)One of my friends wanted to know what happened during the Christmas ball. A few people have said they want to read Julius's story. We'll see!


  4. And I can't wait to read all these wonderful stories. Pregnancy in those times and those circumstances impact the story in a good way! Looking forward to reading it. 🙂


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