I’ve been idle for a while here, but that’s mainly because I’ve been skipping around town lately to promote The Seventh Pleiade. Many thanks to the generous folks who opened their doors to guest posts, interviews and giveaways.
If you haven’t caught me tweeting or FB’ing about it, here they are: (and did you know I have a Facebook author page? I’d love it if you ‘liked’ it. Please?)
Brandon Shire: Brandon is a gay fiction author, and he was good enough to look at a review copy of The Seventh Pleiade and run an interview with me. We got to talking about modern versus ancient world sensibilities and came up with the title: “Wasn’t Gay Marriage Legal in Ancient Greece?”
The Old Bat’s Belfry: If you’re an epic fantasy fan, you should know about The Old Bat’s Belfry where “grandmom” blogger Shari talks about what’s going on in the genre. I pitched my book to her, and she very kindly ran two pieces last week.
True Colorz: Last but not least, LGBT young adult blog True Colorz has an author interview and giveaway drawing for The Seventh Pleiade running from Feb. 24th to March 2nd. You can enter it here.
True Colorz is a wonderful site run by LGBT fiction authors Jeff Erno and Madison Parker. In addition to raising awareness of good books for LGBT teens, the site lets people know about charitable organizations across the country that fight homophobia and provide lifesaving services.
Wilde Oats Issue Nine will include my short, fictionalized memoir Mike’s Pond about growing up in suburban Western New York. The issue comes out in December, and I’ll be sure to do a major blast on the release.
I also have a guest blog up today about working with LGBT teens in the suburbs. It was a great opportunity offered to me by author/blogger Brandon Shire. Brandon recently published The Value of Rain, a novel about a gay teen who gets sent to an institution to turn him straight. He’s donating half of his book sales to LGBT youth agencies, and he was kind enough to do a plug for Pride for Youth, where I work.
I’m still following Yes Gay Ya, and working on an article about diversifying young adult literature. Since Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith put out their testimonial on censorship, Colleen Lindsay leant her platform The Swivet to Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of Nancy Coffey Literary Agency to tell a different side of the story.
Stampfel-Volpe writes that the authors leaked the name of the agent they accuse (from Nancy Coffey); the agent never offered representation on the condition of cutting out a gay character or making him straight; and the Genreville article is a mean-spirited publicity stunt.
Only a fly on the wall knows the truth.
But out of the kerfuffle, there’s an opportunity to look critically at the status of LGBT YA, and how we can get more and better representation of LGBTs in literature. That’s what I’m writing about. Deep stuff.