Sealed with a Loving Kiss short story anthology

A 4000-word short story I’ve written, Sealed with a Loving Kiss, is being released in an anthology. It was based on a prompt from a class of schoolchildren in Birmingham who asked for a ‘romance story about a meteorite hitting a snowman’ after doing my Science fiction writing workshop, where we created short stories based on science topics in the news. They chose the ‘space snowman’ asteroid Ultima Thule for inspiration.

The cover design is based around my story:

Cover design by Riya Chowdhury

My story was inspired by Hidden Figures, and features a queer love story, science, secret treasure – and, of course, lots of woman in STEM. I had fun writing it – and wrestling the class prompt into something a bit more ‘Lauren James’.

The anthology also features writing by Bali Rai, Liam Brown and Ken Preston, as well as stories chosen or commissioned by young people in Norway, Portugal and Italy which have been translated into English for inclusion in this book of short stories. It was published by The Emma Press, and created by Writing West Midlands and READ ON EU.

You can order a copy for £3, or my Patreon subscribers can read it early here.

You can read it translated into Portuguese digitally here (page 48).

Antologia READ ON, Portugal, Versão Integral, 2020 

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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