Q. Abbie – firstly HUGE congratulations on your debut publication. I loved reading your story – Shannon’s Legacy – in the anthology Second Chance Café, but have to admit to reaching for the tissues a couple of times. J Can you tell us the inspiration for this story?
Thank you so much, Noelle! I’m so pleased to be a part of this anthology.
Yes, Shannon’s Legacy is not your standard romance novel, for sure. The inspiration for this novella came to me after a lunch meeting with the other authors involved in the trilogy where we were all discussing ideas for Second Chance Café, and what ‘a second chance’ really meant to me.
I think, so often in life, things happen to us that are beyond our control, just as it did for Shannon. What I wanted to portray to the readers is, sometimes you really need to push for your second chance in life, not wait for it to be handed to you.
Q. What’s the best part about collaborating in a project such as the Second Chance Café anthology?
I love the brainstorming, the support, the sharing of ideas, the vibe of working with such a wonderful group of writers. And I love how, this year, we are able to welcome debut writer, Abbie Jackson, and travel with her on the first step of her writing journey. It’s FUN!
‘Second chances have often taken years to emerge. I’ve waited, reasonably patiently, for something that I’ve wished for, longed for, and now – at this particular point in my life – I think I can see that it is finally happening. The exact nature of what I longed for has blurred at the edges over many years. It’s not as clear, nor am I as driven, as I once was to hold the dream in my hands. But, although I am scared to say it out loud, I think it has finally come. So now, as I take my first scary, tentative steps toward a new future, I’m holding my breath and closing my eyes tightly and hoping fervently that this chance won’t disappear before I’ve grasped it with both hands.’
Second Chance Cafe is a collection of four very different short stories about love, relationships, and hope.
This anthology is proudly brought to you from four Australian authors:
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
and debut author – Abbie Jackson.