What will you leave behind?

Long after we've left this world, our legacy remains. Or doesn't. Or remains only in the minds of those who knew us, those whose lives we've touched. Those we've written to, or about.

If you had a choice, what mark would you leave? How should people remember you? Should they remember you?

Fourteen authors sat down during the month of January 2015, shut out distractions of the outside world and wrote about the subject. The resulting fiction and nonfiction stories fill the pages of Legacy: An Anthology. The book includes stories from Kristopher Jansma, winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, New York Times best-selling author Regina Calcaterra and Canadian best-selling author Marissa Stapley among others.

Within these pages, there is laughter, pride and hope. There is romance and rock and roll. Certain messages are eerie, while others bestow a sense of peace. The collection, through the discerning lens of each writer, runs the gamut of the human experience.

Anthology Contributors

Legacy is a diverse collection of stories written by an equally diverse group of authors. Read on to discover more about the voices behind this anthology!

Allison Hiltz, Preface

Allison Hiltz
Allison Hiltz runs the award-winning book blog, The Book Wheel, and is the founder of the international blog roundup event, #30Authors. Allison's site has received numerous awards and mentions from literary sites and organizations. Whether she is reading, blogging, studying or working, Allison probably has a cup of coffee in her hand. She lives in the Denver Metro Area with her husband and two rescue dogs, where she is finishing up her Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Denver. She plans to launch her career in policy, while blogging during every other minute she has (and a few she doesn't).

Regina Calcaterra

Regina Calcaterra
Regina’s memoir Etched in Sand is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller. It was selected for One Book/One College reads and integrated into college and high school curriculums. For the past 26 years, Regina has spent her policy, managerial and legal career in both the private and public sector. She is presently an attorney working for the State of New York. She proudly serves as board vice president to You Gotta Believe, an organization that works towards finding older foster children forever homes. Regina lives with her companion Todd Ciaravino and their two cocker spaniels Maggie and Oscar.

Stephanie Carroll

Author Stephanie Carroll
As a reporter and community editor, Stephanie Carroll earned first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and from the Nevada Press Association. She holds degrees in history and social science, and graduated with honors. Her dark and magical style, found in A White Room, is inspired by the classic authors Charlotte Perkins Gilman (The Yellow Wallpaper), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden) and Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights). Stephanie lives in California, where her husband was originally stationed with the U.S. Navy and where she founded Unhinged & Empowered, an inspiring and empowering blog for Navy wives, girlfriends, and significant others.

Adria J. Cimino

Author Adria J. Cimino
Adria J. Cimino is the author of novels Paris, Rue des Martyrs and Close to Destiny and is co-founder of indie publishing house Velvet Morning Press. Prior to jumping into the publishing world full time, she spent more than a decade as a journalist at news organizations including The AP and Bloomberg News. In addition to writing fiction and discovering new authors, Adria writes about her real-life adventures at AdriaJCimino.com and on Twitter @Adria_in_Paris.

Maureen Foley

Author Maureen Foley
Maureen Foley is a writer, teacher and artist who lives on an avocado ranch by the sea with her family. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Caesura, Santa Barbara Magazine and Wired, as well as in numerous literary journals. Her novella, Women Float, is a coming-of-age story set in Carpinteria, California, and was published in June 2013 by the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. In 2013, she started Red Hen Cannery, a small-batch, artisanal jam company.

Lizzie Harwood

Lizzie Harwood
Lizzie Harwood’s love of her home country, New Zealand, spills over into her writing, as evidenced by the vibrant—and sometimes charmingly quirky—stories she tells. That isn’t to say she doesn’t adore her adopted country, France, where she currently resides with her husband and two children. She writes with a passion inspired by living and travelling around the world. Lizzie's short story collection, Triumph: Collected Stories of Gone Girls and Complicated Women, was published in February 2015. When she isn’t writing, she’s neck-deep in editing at editordeluxe.com.

J.J. Hensley

Author J.J. Hensley
J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service who has drawn upon his experiences in law enforcement to write stories full of suspense and insight. Hensley, who is originally from Huntington, WV, graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and has an M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. He is currently a training supervisor with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and lives with his beautiful wife, daughter, and two dogs near Pittsburgh, PA. His first novel, Resolve, was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization.

Kristopher Jansma

Author Kristopher Jansma
Kristopher Jansma is the winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction. His first novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, received an Honorable Mention for the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and the Flaherty-Dunnan Debut Novel Prize. His second novel, What Can Go Wrong will be published in 2016. He has written for The New York Times, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Slice Magazine, The Believer, Adult Magazine and Blue Mesa Review. He is a graduate of the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University and received his MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. He is a graduate lecturer at Sarah Lawrence College and an assistant professor at SUNY New Paltz College.

Vicki Lesage

Author Vicki Lesage
Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising French kids isn't as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don't laugh when she says "au revoir." She penned Confessions of a Paris Party Girl and #1 Amazon Best Seller Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer, contributed to anthology That's Paris, and co-founded indie publishing house Velvet Morning Press. She writes about the ups and downs of life in the City of Light at VickiLesage.com

Jenny Milchman

Author Jenny Milchman
Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from New York, who lived for seven months on the road with her family on what Shelf Awareness called "the world's longest book tour." Jenny's debut novel, Cover of Snow, earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books and The AP. It won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of 2013. Ruin Falls was published in 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and chosen as a 10 Best of 2014 by Suspense Magazine. Her third novel, As Night Falls, will be published in 2015. Jenny's short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, multiple anthologies and online. Jenny is vice president of author programming for International Thriller Writers, founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, and teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop.

Piper Punches

Piper Punches
Piper Punches is a habitual truth-bender turned novelist who describes her writing as "human interest fiction." Her debut novel, The Waiting Room, and her second published work, the novella Missing Girl, are both Amazon Top 10 Best Sellers. Piper isn't afraid to reach deep into your soul and bring injustices front and center. Piper aspires to develop smart fiction that entertains and educates.

Didier Quémener

Didier Quemener
Executive chef, private chef, food & wine consultant. Lived in the US, now based in Paris. Does not wear a beret but eats freshly baked bread every day. Cooked his first meal at age seven, graduated from the Sorbonne, worked as a photographer and finally came back to the kitchen where it all started. Didier is French & American, therefore obnoxious, a wine snob and speaks loudly! Didier also contributed to anthologies Mystery in Mind and That's Paris. You can find him at ChefQParis.com and FoodMe.fr or on Twitter @ChefQParis and @FoodMeParis.

Marissa Stapley

Author Marissa Stapley
Marissa Stapley is a National Magazine Award nominated writer who has contributed to many publications, including the Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle. Her debut novel, Mating for Life, is a Canadian bestseller. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, where she is working on a new novel and teaching creative writing at the University of Toronto.

David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse
David Whitehouse finds non-fiction easier and less revealing than fiction. He has written a book on the question of Rwandan genocide suspects in France, In Search of Rwanda's GĂ©nocidaires: French Justice and the Lost Decades. He was the ghostwriter for the autobiography of long-time Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy We Didn't Start the Fire: My Struggle for Democracy in Cambodia.

Paula Young Lee

Paula Young Lee
Paula Young Lee is the author of numerous books on the cultural history of meat, including Meat, Modernity, and the Rise of the Slaughterhouse, Game: A Global History and Deer Hunting in Paris: A Memoir of God, Guns, and Game Meat (winner of the 2014 Lowell Thomas Award of the Society of American Travel Writers.) She holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and contributes regularly to venues such as Salon.com, Dame.com, The Blot.com and The Conversation (UK). Her second memoir, in-progress, is The Swamp Yankee Chronicles, about rural life in Maine.

Legacy in the News

Interview with contributor J.J. Hensley
Interview with contributor Stephanie Carroll
30 Authors Anthology Kick-Off
30 Authors Announcement