Should anyone care, my latest novel has just been released. Out now in paperback and e-book editions from Queerteen Press, it’s a contemporary fantasy novel called Angles and Curves. It’s, as you might guess from the publisher’s name, a (nominally…) young-adult novel, though I assure you old-adults are just as likely to hate (or enjoy…) it, too.
Steve is a student at a rural Montana high school who is taking twelfth grade for the second time. There he meets Heather and Gretchen, two elves in a relationship who are outcasts just like him.
Though elvish kingdoms are formally recognized by the federal government, the Supreme Court doesn’t see elves as human, so they don’t benefit from the same basic rights that others do. Steve is transgendered, and can empathize with the elves’ plight. Friendships are forged between him and the elves when they realize all three have had problems with a bully named Melvin and the jocks at school, who are known to sexually assault elves.
Despite his age, Steve lives alone, and has to produce a “parent” for parent/teacher day. He enlists the help of his elvish friends to hire an adult, but their scheme backfires when they’re caught soliciting an undercover policewoman named Sara Raimi. However, with their newfound connection to Sara, they look to find a way to catch Melvin and his cohorts.
Angles and Curves is a fresh and enticing story about racism, sexism, and sexuality, and what it means to be human after all.
There are astonishingly few YA books with transgendered protagonists published every year, so if you like diversity in fiction (or just being brainwashed with the liberal communist queer agenda, or whatever they’re calling it this week) you might find this an interesting read.
You can buy Angles and Curves at Amazon (or as a paperback), as well as from iTunes, Smashwords, and elsewhere. The paperback can be ordered from most bookstores, or had online (with free worldwide shipping) from The Book Depository.