Long time no post! I had a very rough winter this year. I won’t go into too much detail, except to say that times have been difficult. They aren’t perfect now, but I am trying to get back up to my previous level of productivity. And that includes this announcement!
Back in the fall, I mentioned a young adult romance anthology that I am editing. It turned out that several of our authors could not contribute stories by the deadline, so I also ended up writing for it! My story is called “Three Jagged Pieces” and tells the story of three high school seniors who overcome prejudice, homophobia, and transphobia to find love.
My initial idea when I started to write the story was to focus on an overweight heroine who gets the cute, popular guy. But as I sat down and started working on that, my own high school experiences started to overlay the story. I have a good friend who I have known since the age of eleven who struggled in high school and has now come out as nonbinary, generally presenting male. I also know several other transgender, nonbinary, and genderfluid people. One of my writer-mantras is “representation matters,” so in addition to the traditional boy-meets-girl story, I added another layer: a transgender boy who loves them both.
I hope you enjoy the story. The book will be here in early May.
LOVE AT THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
A YA ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY
Coming Soon from Stars and Stone Books
Featuring: M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Cara McKinnon, Mary Rogers, and Kylie Weisenborn.
It’s never easy to go through the fraught transition into adulthood, but the teens in this anthology have more to deal with than most: super powers, magic, illness, and prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity. Fortunately, they all find love at the edge of seventeen.
M.T. DeSantis – “Be Null, My Heart”
Teen love…with superpowers.
A.E. Hayes – “Her First Fever”
Can a smart, stubborn girl look past the things she desires the most in life to help out her annoying, enigmatic biology partner – even if helping him comes with an emotional price?
Serena Jayne – “Dead Man’s Party”
Despite formidable evidence to the contrary, Xander was magic.
Mary Rogers – “The Crayon Thief”
The last time they talked, he stole her crayon. Now he wants to take her on a date. But why?
Kylie Weisenborn – “Now I Am”
Annalyn is dead…so what is she waiting for?
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