When I first conceived on Dark & Fevered Dreams in the Fall of 2015, I wanted it to break new ground. Yes, it would be a serialized story, which would by definition allow me to make some of the subject matter more timely than if it was a novel I was grinding away at for years. And yes, its heavy use of illustrations would help tell the story. But beyond all that, I also wanted the endeavor to actually help people — in particular those teens and young adults who were reflected in the pages of the DAFD novelettes.
Thus, the DAFD Giving Program. You can read more about how this works by clicking here, but for this blog I wanted to write a little about the first recipient of the program, Arizona’s Children Association (AZCA).
Back in 2000, I was working in the animal welfare field and happened to be meeting with one of the vice presidents of AZCA about helping children recover from trauma through the use of therapy animals. When the meeting was over, I mentioned my recurring interest in becoming a foster parent. By the time I walked in my front door that afternoon, a voicemail from an AZCA licensing specialist was waiting for me. Several months later, I was officially licensed and my first child — later my adopted son, Cooper — was moving in.
Over the decade that followed, I fostered four boys, one transsexual girl, and adopted my second son, Myles. I resigned my Arizona foster care license shortly before moving to Oregon over six years ago, but child welfare is still a cause that’s near and dear to me. And so is AZCA. After all, if it weren’t for this organization my life would not have been enriched by my two sons… and a couple of other boys who, though never adopted, I still think of as mine.
On December 15, 2016, the giving program for AZCA comes to a close. As of this writing, it’s raised approximately $300 for the organization, based on 20% of the total sales made through this website or my author’s site, marshmyers.com. (Donations are not collected from other online sellers, such as amazon.com.) Whether you’re inclined to buy a DAFD novelette or not, I would like to encourage you to consider AZCA with your donation dollars this year. Their website can tell you more.
Volume 2 of DAFD is scheduled to be out in Spring 2017 and there will be a new recipient for the Giving Program announced then. Please check back to see who it is, or if you represent a non-profit agency that helps youth in some what, feel free to send an email and let us know you’d like to be considered.
For all the good work the people at AZCA do, thank you.
Marsh Myers, Author of Dark & Fevered Dreams