Meet author Mariah K. Porter, our managing editor and more at More Than A Fantasy Publishing.
Hi! I’m Mariah, and I’m honestly so glad you’re here! (That means exposure! Woot!) I have a lot to say, so let’s start with the personal history that went into creating this company.
When I was about eight years old, my mom ran a card business from our home. As a scrapbooker she was very into paper and stamps and her cards were beautiful. I thought it was the coolest thing that she could run a business like that, so I decided to do the same. I made a collection of cards, attached strings to the box my porcelain doll came in, wrote “CARDS $1” on the side, and brought it to school. I made quite a few dollars before the school told me that I wasn’t allowed to sell things on their property.
That didn’t stop me from trying again with a new business a year or two later.
I was addicted.
Come summer 2020, I had a growing feeling that I needed to start a new business. I thought, “Well, I’m not going to sell crafts again. Ain’t nobody got time for that.” And on July 26, I stumbled across the thought: “I could start a publishing company.”
You see, I had already self-published three novellas and a nonfiction booklet to do with depression and finding hope. Just about a week before I had ended a semester of college that had helped me realize I wanted to be a social media influencer and mental health advocate. I knew I wanted to create a vast array of resources for those who, like me, struggle with anxiety and depression. And I already had the quote “Hope Can Be More Than a Fantasy.”
Thus, More Than A Fantasy was born.
Today is Day 2 of the existence of this business. I’ve made plans to set up business bank accounts, get a P.O. box, and set up my company as an official LLC. I’ve also made plans to write more and longer books to publish under the company name. This is an unusual feeling for me thanks to my depression: I am absolutely ecstatic. I already feel so much hope and joy at the thought of what this company has the ability to offer people.
So, to conclude, I am very very excited at the opportunity to serve you and others by producing clean fiction with characters affected by mental illness who find hope. Now, it’s time for me to get to work!