Heroes and Villains!

“…they are carving their marks on the world, and through their words, generations now and generations to come will think, I never knew, or I never thought of it that way, or I understand. Our minds will grow because of the power of these words and the words yet to come.” —Charlie N. Holmberg

Heroes, heroines, villains, anti-heroes: all great characters are rooted in our own desires for good or evil, and each character begins with a moment that defines them, whether it’s a superhero origin story or a villain’s downfall.

Heroes and villains are the keystone of every great story. From the need for redemption, to the reluctant hero, the journey only they can complete, or fighting for good or evil. From beginning to end, great stories explore their characters’ arcs in interesting ways.

Join us as twenty-two teen authors tell us their version of Heroes and Villains in this incredible short story anthology!


Alayna Beck, Alivia Parker, Ava Epling, Chloe B. Christensen, Eden Adams, Eden Jones, Elijah Lewis, Ellary Judd, Ellie Wilson, Emery Jessop, Emily Lawton, Emma Nash, Erika Berge, Eva Nelson, Isabelle McCleary, Joe Rogers, Jonathan Hill, Kallie Segeberg, Kendra Bradford, S. Creystwood, Samantha Peless, Tanager Ryan


Andrew Polder, Audrey Aiken, Brenna Webster, Celeste Molina, Claire Croley, Danie Reynolds, Ellie Petrick, Evie Holmes, JaymeLee Womack, Makayla Jeffs Mary Francis, Ryan Aitchison, Zoe Adams

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Charlie N. Holmberg is the Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of widely popular teen and adult fantasy, including The Paper Magician series, Spellbreaker, The Fifth Doll, and The Hanging City.

She is published in 20 languages and is a long-time friend of TABC. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses. She currently lives with her family in Utah.


Hannah Stiles Smith is an educator, has a BA in History, and has worked for years as an editor, helping bring fabulous books to their full potential. She spends her spare time escaping between the pages of a book, and a foray into publishing seemed like the best way to channel that energy. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband and four rambunctious children.


CATEGORY: Anthology | Contemporary | Fantasy | Science Fiction | Humor | Teen

AGE: Young Adult, 12+


March 24, 2023  | 314 pages

Paperback: $12.95

Ebook: $2.99

Print: 978-1-958109-26-7 | Ebook: 978-1-958109-27-4