The year I was pregnant with Moose, I left my 50-hour-a-week job and started working part time and from home. One of the many benefits of that arrangement was that I finally had a little bit of time to use my creative brain. The summer of 2008, I wrote a story, felt really good about it, and then left it to gather dust on my hard drive.
This year, after a promise to myself to focus more on my fiction, I dusted it off and spent many, many hours re-writing, editing and cleaning it up. I’m excited to share this story today on its release date as an eBook from Prizm Books, a line of gay and lesbian Young Adult fiction. The process of working with a press and editor and getting something published has been galvanizing. I’m happy to say that I’m balls deep in another manuscript right now and feel ridiculously happy to be writing. (Which is why you see less of me around these parts.)
On to the goods!
Sunblood is a sci-fi/paranormal novella about psychic powers, friendships, screwed up worlds, love and cookies.
Caleb, sub-citizen 45201, is a psychic slave in the massive biodome known as the City—the only civilized community left on his wasted planet. He can’t remember his life before he was taken to the City and experimented on by scientists trying to control his unusual gift.
Despite having no rights, Caleb’s life isn’t all that bad. His Keeper, Daniel, secretly allows him to play in the minds of the City’s inhabitants. Caleb likes Daniel—probably more than he should—and once in a while the cafeteria has some delicious cookies.
Caleb’s small freedoms don’t seem like all that much until even those are threatened. When Caleb is targeted by those who fear his powers, he discovers exactly how much he has to lose.
You may be asking yourself why I wrote a novella for teens about gay characters. I don’t have a clear answer for you there, other than to tell you that this is a genre I enjoy as a reader, and that these were characters that spoke to me. I think other writers out there will understand that when your characters speak, you better listen.
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