Ten minutes is enough time to be born, get married, become a drunk, apologize in a grocery store, hate a vacation, watch the football team cry at lunch, fall in love with someone you shouldn’t, teach a Barbie yoga, find an unpaid internship in Syria, air your dirty laundry, die in a men’s halfway house in Mississippi, or change the course of your life forever.
9 Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology is a collection of 148 creative nonfiction pieces written ten minutes at a time by 121 professional authors and beginning writers from all over the world. Ten minutes is enough time to write something strange and beautiful and true without editing the strangeness and beauty and truth out of it. Each individual story is a stand-alone piece, but read them together and advance through the ages and stages of life, from birth to death, from our first breath to our last.
Copies of 9 Lives will be available on June 14 in the store and online at Chop Suey Books. If you are interested in purchasing wholesale copies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley Haggard is the founder of Life in 10 Minutes and the author of
The Halfway House for Writers.
Sarah Allen-Short is a writer and teaches creative nonfiction classes for Life in 10 Minutes.
With very special thanks to:
Our reading/selection committee, the Fester Pressers: Anne Carle Carson, Elizabeth Ferris, Claire Lewis, Liza Kate, and Tim McCready.
Sean McLaughlin for our gorgeous cover design and interior art. We love it.
The visionary students in the Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU for submitting so many incredible covers for our selection committee. It was tough to choose!
Josh Smith for the interior design and layout. You are a beast + a magician!
Claire Lewis for her amazing copy editing prowess and mastery.
Bridget Camden for overseeing the entire design process, for connecting us to Sean and Josh.
Ward Tefft, our publisher at Chop Suey Books Books and owner of Chop Suey Books in Carytown. You have been a supporter of Life in 10 Minutes since day one and your encouragement and enthusiasm means the world to us.
Life in 10 Minutes, founded in January 2015, has given voice to many hundreds of writers from all over the world . Click here to read our stories!
Thanks and congratulations to the following authors who have pieces included in the anthology:
Aileen R. McCready
Amanda Sue Creasy
Charles M. Aulino
Christy Garrison Guise
Erin Levens Cundiff
Grace Ellen Hanna
Harry Kollatz, Jr.
Joanell Serra, MFT
Julie Anne Thorndyke
Kim Drew Wright
Kristin Thomas Sanken
Lynda Firth Raines
Marielle B. Siebers
Mary Jo McLaughin
Melissa Scott Sinclair
Michael Wallace Rice Jr.
Molly Hunter Korroch
R.L. "Buddy" Hensley
Roberta Oster Sachs
Sara Rountrey Toombs Berger