Thursday, 4 December 2014

What do Seinfeld, Show Boat and That 70s Show all have in common?

Big news! I've written my third full-length book just in time for the holidays.  It's called Sylvie and the Christmas Ghost and it's now available as an ebook and in print.

If you've read the blurb, the first thing you probably noticed was that Sylvie and the Christmas Ghost is set in 1994.  Why 1994, you ask?  Well, I think I got that idea when I was watching an episode of Seinfeld. Maybe you've had this experience too.  You look at the date the episode came out and go: "1994, oh yeah, that was 5 years ago... 10 years ago... wait, that was 20 years ago?"  And then you wonder what you've been doing for the past 20 years.

Around the same time, I was helping my mother clean her basement (a never-ending task) and I came across a hatbox containing all the programs I'd kept from the musicals I saw in the late 80s and early 90s.  I flipped through the one from Show Boat (which I wanted to show you, but seem to have temporarily misplaced) and nearly did a back flip when I spotted Cloris Leachman listed among the cast.  Apparently, in the mid-90s, I didn't know who she was because it didn't make a dent on my memory. Anyway, you'll notice, when you read the book, that Show Boat is woven into one scene.

Aside from all that, 1994 is kind of the year of my existence I'm always writing for.  When I wrote Tiffany and Tiger's Eye, I was writing it for ME at that age, but I set Tiff/Tiger in 1986.  The 90s just didn't seem distant enough. But now, considering 1994 was 20 years ago, I figured maybe it had reached retro status. A fourteen-year old reading Sylvie and the Christmas Ghost wouldn't have been born in 1994.  Heck, an
18-year-old wouldn't have been. It's like my experience with That 70s Show.  If memory serves, the first season was set in 1978? (yeah, that's a question because I'm not going to bother looking it up right now). I wasn't alive in 1978, so when I watched that show some things felt familiar and close-at-hand (I grew up wearing clothes like that) and other things felt retro and recent-history-ish. Hopefully younger people will have that experience with Sylvie.

Though my main character in this book is 14, I enjoyed reading it as an adult.  And you're probably thinking, "I HOPE you enjoyed it--you wrote the book, after all," but let me tell you: by the final proofing stage you've read your own book so many times you usually want to burn the manuscript (which is hard to do when it's a computer file). With Sylvie, I LOVED the book the whole way through. My editor enjoyed it too, and that's a compliment I really appreciated.  Editors don't always express a level of like or dislike for any given manuscript.

So now it's your turn.  If you're in the Christmas spirit, grab a copy of Sylvie and the Christmas Ghost from one of the retailers below:

Amazon Canada:
Amazon UK:

IN PRINT from Createspace:

UPDATE: The print version has popped up on Amazon here: but it doesn't seem to be hooked up with the e-book yet. They're both there, but in different places.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Dress Like A Dude

If you've read my short story collection Rainbow Crush, then you've already encountered Dress Like A Dude. It was first published in that book, and now it's available on its own as an ebook, exclusively from Amazon. If you'd like to read Dress Like A Dude, it's available FREE from Amazon November 1-5, 2014.

 Dress Like A Dude

A short story by Foxglove Lee

What's going on in front of the school? 
When Mila and Laura get back from lunch, there's a big student protest going on. Signs and placards say "Guys Shouldn't Wear Girl Clothes" and "Dress Like A Dude." Turns out a new student doesn't believe in gender-conformity. He’s a Goth guy who wears whatever he wants, including skirts. This ninth grader's got guts!
Mila and Laura have been dating since last school year and they haven't even kissed in public. Will this young student who isn't afraid of anyone inspire them to come out, or will other kids' reactions drive them deeper into the closet?
LGBTQ fiction from the author of Tiffany and Tiger’s Eye & Truth and Other Lies!

Foxglove Lee is a former aspiring Broadway Baby who now writes queer fiction for teens and young adults. She tries not to be too theatrical, but her characters often take over. When you’re done with her short story collection Rainbow Crush, grab her novel Tiffany and Tiger’s Eye—it’s set in the 80s and there’s an evil doll! What more could a reader ask for? Follow Foxglove on Twitter @foxglovelee or stay tuned to her blog for more!

Dress Like A Dude is FREE at Amazon from November 1st through 5th. Grab a copy on me!

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Robber

I've got a lot of explaining to do.

Not in a bad way. I just want to tell you a little about the new short story I have on the market.  It's called The Robber and, leading up to the release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength (which includes an intense little story from my life), The Robber is available as a FREE download at Amazon.

So where does the explaining come in? Well, here's the thing: I wouldn't exactly classify The Robber as Young Adult fiction, like the rest of my books.  Although the protagonist is ten years old (it's her birthday in the story), I feel the story is better classified as literary fiction for adults.  It's not that there's anything specifically "adult" or offensive in terms of the content (aside from harsh language and distressing situations), but I still wanted to put a bit of a content warning out into the world.

Why the tie-in with this new Chicken Soup for the Soul book? (which you can pre-order here, by the way: )

Because while The Robber is a fictionalized version of events from my young life, my story It Takes A Village in CSS Find Your Inner Strength is a true story from roughly the same era. They both deal with substance abuse and family violence.

The Robber will be free at all Amazon sites starting today and ending on the release day of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength, which is October 28th.

You can find The Robber at

Literary short fiction from the author of Tiffany and Tiger's Eye:

Samantha’s celebrating her tenth birthday, but turning “double digits” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Her special day is dampened not only by her mom burning the chicken fingers and making her go to Girl Guides, but also by the fact that she knows "the robber" will be coming later that night. After all, birthday cards mean birthday money, and birthday money is sure to attract him.

Sam and her younger sister Tory have tried for years to find the perfect hiding spot, but the robber always finds any bits of cash tucked away in their underwear drawers, or in the pyjama doll, or the hollow base of the ugly ceramic unicorn from Grandma Macintyre. It's only a matter of time before the robber arrives at Samantha’s bedroom door.

Not every horror story is supernatural…

You can find The Robber at

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Happy Birthday, Evernight! Get Truth and Other Lies at 30% Off!

Have you read my book Truth and Other Lies? No? Well this is the time to grab yourself a copy. In celebration of the publisher's birthday, my book is 30% off at All Romance Ebooks and OmniLit!

Until October 20th, you can snag Truth and Other Lies for only $2.79!

Have you ever wanted to get noticed? Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you worked or how hard you tried, nobody in the entire world cared what you did? Well, what if someone famous—and we’re talking Oprah-famous, here—noticed you for the one thing you wish you could hide? For your one big secret…

That’s exactly what happens to 18-year-old Kenneth McIntyre when television guru Prahna Mehta hails his self-published novel as the next bestseller. Little do his new fans know Truth and Other Lies wasn’t written by Kenny at all… and it isn’t fiction. Kenny’s been keeping secrets for years. Sometimes he feels like he’s lying to everybody he loves.

When Kenny gets swept into stardom, how will he hide the secrets he’s kept for years? And, if his lies are exposed, will anyone stay by his side?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Look what just came in the mail!

My contributors' copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength, introduced by Fran Drescher:
My story "It Takes A Village" appears in the chapter called Learning to Reach Out:
Here's my "this is really happening" face:
The book doesn't officially release until October 28th 2014, but it's available for pre-order now:

And I'm in it!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Rainbow Crush and so much more...

I almost feel bad for trying to cram so much news into one post. I'll try to keep it brief.

Big News #1:

My first single-author short story collection is OUT! Rainbow Crush: Light-Hearted LGBT Fiction for Teens is available as an ebook and in print!

Five fun fictions from the author of Tiffany and Tiger’s Eye & Truth and Other Lies! In Rainbow Crush, revisit five favourite short stories featuring gay and lesbian characters:

In “I Hate Love,” Mila melts Laura-the-Ice-Queen’s heart as Jaden learns that dating an older man could have repercussions he hadn’t anticipated. Mila and Laura are back with impossibly high expectations in the side-splittingly funny housesitting comedy “Happy Birthday, Klutzface.” In “I Know What Gay Is,” Jay the teenaged manny and his young charge Sarah, who insists on being called Frank, find an unexpected ally on the soccer field.

School is back in session and tempers flare when Mila, Laura and Jaden stumble into a protest where classmates insist a gender-nonconforming new student “Dress Like A Dude.” In our final story, aspiring teen chef Noah comes out of the closet in a most surprising way during his first television appearance in “The Secret to a Perfect Latke.”

The ebook's available at Amazon:
and Amazon UK:
Get the paperback from CreateSpace:
or Amazon:

Big News #2:

Hope you kept reading, because I don't want you buying Rainbow Crush just yet! Well, you can if you want to, but Amazon's allowing me to give it away FREE for 5 days. That'll happen from September 21-25th, just in time for Word on the Street and ending on the day I'll be...

Big News #3:

...taking over Twitter!  Okay, not all of twitter.  I'll be taking over Torquere Press's @torquere twitter feed from 2-4 p.m. EST on Thursday September 25th. If you don't know Torquere, they are the "parent" publisher of the Prizm Books imprint that brought you my debut novel Tiffany and Tiger's Eye! Be there or be square.

Big News #4:

Thanks to Brad @JazzFM91 for the shout-out on the radio today! Sometimes it's nice to be shouted at... or out...

Big News #5:

I realized that visitors arriving at my blog for the first time might have trouble figuring out that I'm a professional writer and that I've got books on the market and all that. To that end, I created a store you can visit just by clicking on "Foxglove's Fiction" at the top of the page. Here's the direct link: Okay, full disclosure: I saw other authors doing this and I thought it was a good idea. I'm a big copycat!

I think that's all the news you can use for now. Remember to grab a copy of Rainbow Crush on Sunday September 21st. The ebook will be free from then until Thursday of next week!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

If you're playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and you're trying to get from Fran Drescher to Foxglove Lee...

...then you're obviously living in a make-believe world where I have more than 300 twitter followers and my books fly off the shelves of every bookstore in town, but let's pretend for a moment that this is really happening.  You're playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and you need to find some random connection between myself and the resilient Fran Drescher.

I know, I know, but bear with me. This is going somewhere, I promise.

In October, Fran Drescher and Foxglove Lee (haaa... talking about myself in the third person. George likes spicy food) will share the pages of a new edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul:

I saw Fran Drescher on a talk show a couple years ago (which is weird because I never watch talk shows) and I was astounded by some of the horrific stuff she's lived through. That woman has gone to hell and back, and I can't wait to read the foreword she's written for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength.

As for me, when I first sat down to write something for this collection I really thought I had nothing to share. I couldn't think of an instance where I felt I'd been particularly strong, inside or out. But an event from my life came to mind and I typed it out, not thinking much of it.  It wasn't until I read the anecdote that I came to fully appreciate the harrowing nature of my life story. 

Sometimes you don't see how serious your situation is/was until you take a step back and examine it as though it were somebody else's experience.

I'll have more to say closer to the book's release date, but I wanted to tell you all how excited I am to have my story included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength.

Who'd have thought I'd end up between the covers with the likes of Fran Drescher?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

"I Know What Gay Is" is back and it's FREE until Friday!

I kind of said it all in the subject line, so... hmm... what's left to tell you?  

Not much! 

Here's the blurb for my queer YA short "I Know What Gay Is":

Isn't babysitting a job for twelve-year-old girls?

When the couple next door asks Jay to babysit, he can't help wondering… why him? Did they hire Jay as some kind of queer role model because they suspect little Sarah is gay?

At the park, when Sarah and Jay run across the guy he's been pseudo-stalking, Sarah insists she’s a boy. Darien’s sheer sexiness makes Jay pretty brain-dead, and he can't think what to talk about except how Sarah wants everyone to call her Frank. The funny kid reminds Darien of his transgender cousin. Could Sarah be trans, too? Should Jay talk to her parents? What if they say it's none of his business? What if they fire him?

Well, then he'll just have to spend his summer watching Darien work in the park, sweaty and shirtless...

Second Edition. First published by Prizm Books. 4,500 words.

It's free at Amazon now through Friday (that would be the 15th of August, I do believe) so pick up a copy today!

In America:
In the UK:*Version*=1&*entries*=0
In Canada:*Version*=1&*entries*=0
In Australia:

If you're somewhere else I'm pretty sure you can just replace the "com" with your country's Amazon suffix and you'll get to the book page? Maybe? I could be totally wrong about that. Try it and see if your computer explodes.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

July 14-21st Your Evernight Teen Purchase Funds Girls' Education

My new publisher Evernight Teen is currently donating the purchase price from all books bought at their site to World Vision's Education for Girls Fund. That means if you buy Truth and Other Lies there right now, you're getting a great book and giving the gift of education to girls around the globe.

From the Evernight Teen blog:

Evernight Teen Teams Up with World Vision to 
Support the Education for Girls Fund.
During the week of July 14 – 21, the full amount of every book purchased on the Evernight and Evernight Teen websites will be donated to World Vision’s Education for Girls Fund.
57 million primary-school-age children are not enrolled in school; 53 percent of these are girls. These children are at greater risk for exploitation, early marriage, and lower income-earning potential. World Vision addresses barriers to education and works with communities and local governments to improve the quality of education children receive.
Help support World Vision’s Education for Girls Fund by purchasing a book or two (or more!) from Evernight Publishing and Evernight Teen’s websites. The full price of each book purchased from July 14th to July 21st will be donated to this important cause.
Look for authors' blog posts about what education means to them during the special fundraising week. Don’t miss their inspiring stories.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

I Promised You A Blog Hop! Enter to Win a $10 Gift Certificate!

I give you a blog hop!

July 7-July 11 my new baby, Truth and Other Lies, is on tour.  Follow along to find out all kinds of behind-the-scenes book nerdy stuff.  Best part?  You've got a chance to win a $10 gift certificate for Evernight Teen!

July 7  -  Blushing Divas Book Reviews  -  Promo
stop 2  -  Reviews by Crystal  -  Guest Post

July 8  -   You Gotta Read YA  -  Author Interview
stop 2  -   Room with Books  -  Top 10 post/spotlight   
stop 3  -  Em & M Books  -  Guest Post   

July 9 -   Sizzling Hot YA Books  -  Promo
stop 2  -  Jeanz Book Read & Review  -  Author Interview/Promo

July 10  -  Harlie's Books  -  Author Interview
stop 2  -    Toot's Book Reviews  -  Author Q&A

July 11  -  A Passion for Romance  -  Character Interview
stop 2  -  Lusty Penguin  -  Guest Post
stop 3  -  Dalene's Book Reviews  -  Spotlight/Review at a later date 

For more info check out the tour schedule at:

Friday, 4 July 2014

Truth and Other Lies

I'm warning you right now: there WILL be a blog hop. And it will be amazing. Because my new book, Truth and Other Lies, is just that cool.

I always swore to myself I'd never write a book about a writer, but when the idea for Truth and Other Lies popped into my brain I couldn't turn it off and I couldn't alter it.  Sometimes you just gotta write the thing. 

So I did, and here it is: a book about a guy whose best friend leaves a brilliant manuscript in his hands; a book about what he chooses to do with her words; a book about falling in love with a beautiful girl... and falling in love with her handsome boyfriend; a book about a love triangle that's anything but conventional; a book about secrets... and lies.

Have you ever wanted to get noticed? Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you worked or how hard you tried, nobody in the entire world cared what you did? Well, what if someone famous—and we’re talking Oprah-famous, here—noticed you for the one thing you wish you could hide? For your one big secret…

That’s exactly what happens to 18-year-old Kenneth McIntyre when television guru Prahna Mehta hails his self-published novel as the next bestseller. Little do his new fans know Truth and Other Lies wasn’t written by Kenny at all… and it isn’t fiction. Kenny’s been keeping secrets for years. Sometimes he feels like he’s lying to everybody he loves.

When Kenny gets swept into stardom, how will he hide the secrets he’s kept for years? And, if his lies are exposed, will anyone stay by his side?

Read an Excerpt at Evernight Teen:

And while I'm on the topic, I want to thank everyone at my new publishing house.  I've been working with amazing editors and promotions people and I'm so touched by the personal interest they take in my book.  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Thanks also to Sour Cherry Designs for the wonderful book cover!

Truth and Other Lies by Foxglove Lee is also available from:


All Romance Ebooks:


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Well, This Is New! Cover Reveal/Book Announcement for Truth and Other Lies

You won't believe it (I hardly do), but at the end of this week my new book, Truth and Other Lies, will be released by Evernight Teen! We are living in exciting times! And today I'd like to reveal the great cover supplied by Sour Cherry Designs:

Have you ever wanted to get noticed? Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you worked or how hard you tried, nobody in the entire world cared what you did? Well, what if someone famous—and we’re talking Oprah-famous, here—noticed you for the one thing you wish you could hide? For your one big secret…

That’s exactly what happens to 18-year-old Kenneth McIntyre when television guru Prahna Mehta hails his self-published novel as the next bestseller. Little do his new fans know Truth and Other Lies wasn’t written by Kenny at all… and it isn’t fiction. Kenny’s been keeping secrets for years. Sometimes he feels like he’s lying to everybody he loves.

When Kenny gets swept into stardom, how will he hide the secrets he’s kept for years? And, if his lies are exposed, will anyone stay by his side?

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Asking Difficult Questions (and never answering them)

I like writing about moral quandaries.  I like writing about grey areas and loyalties and tough decisions.  In a literary atmosphere that seems to prefer a black-and-white good-versus-evil approach, this isn't always a popular choice.

But I do it anyway.  Why?  Because when I read a book that asks a difficult question and then promptly answers it, I always feel a little like I'm being preached to, no matter what the "issue" is.  As a writer, I like having the space to not always answer questions for my readers.  If it's left open-ended, that question sticks with me for years.

That goes for books I've written, as well.

The best example would be my Laura and Mila story "I Hate Love."  On the surface, this is a Valentine's Day lesbian romance for teens, but there's a vein running through this story that deals with a difficult decision the girls have to make.  Actually, you could argue the story is about the decision and the love story is incidental.  (I'm not sure if you'd be right, but you could argue it.)

Here's what happens: Mila and Laura are in the hall at school and they're making fun of their friend Jaden for dating an "old dude" he works with at the movie theatre.  One of their teachers overhears this conversation and calls the girls over for a serious talk.  See, as a professional working with minors, he's bound by law to report what he's heard.  Technically, since Jaden is underage, his relationship with an older man would be considered abuse.

Now the girls have to decide: do they lie to their teacher for loyalty's sake? They don't want Jaden to get in trouble. Anyway, he's a teenager, not a little kid.  He can make his own choices. Right? Even if it is kinda gross that he's dating some weird old guy.  Or maybe he's not.  Laura and Mila don't know the ins and outs of Jaden's personal life.  Maybe he made all that stuff up...

Laura and Mila obviously want to do the right thing, but sometimes it's hard to know what's right.

So, am I taking the easy way out by not quite answering this question?  I hope not, because it was (and always is, for me) a very deliberate measure.

Here's the thing: I write for a young adult audience basically the same way would for an adult audience, prosaically. After all, adults enjoy YA and I expect my reading audience to consist of a lot of adults. The difference is that, when we're dealing with issues that are in some way "moral" there can be an assumption that I'm trying to teach teens how to act and react.  I'm not.  I'm asking questions in hopes of getting teens (and adults) to wonder, "What would I do if it was me in that situation?"

Taking an open-ended approach is my way of circumventing the question of whether a narrative is descriptive (showing the reader what the characters are doing) or prescriptive (suggesting appropriate action). The longer we ruminate over a tough question, the more time we give ourselves to understand all possible perspectives.

If at some later date we happen to find ourselves in the kind of quandary we've reflected on because we encountered it in a piece of fiction, we'll be better equipped to act.

That's my take, at least.  I don't have all the answers...

About I HATE LOVE by Foxglove Lee
Where's a girl to go when every direction is the wrong direction?
Half the school calls Laura "The Ice Queen." Even her closest friends have never seen her cry... until she's assigned to debate a Pro-Valentine's Day position in class. As far as Laura and Mila are concerned, V-Day's just an excuse to sell chocolate. Their friend Jaden says they're against Valentine's Day because they hate love. Maybe he’s right. Laura's never wanted the things teens are supposed to want most. Why is she so different?
On the eve of Valentine's Day, warmth creeps into Laura's life from unexpected sources. By midnight, life might not feel quite so icy.
A short story for teens. 

Amazon UK|
Barnes and Noble|

Friday, 13 June 2014

#PRIDE Sale at Prizm!

I've announced coupons and sales before, but this one is different.  It doesn't last two or three days--no way--it lasts the entire month of June! Get 20% off anything at Torquere Press or Prizm Books using the coupon code PRIDE.

That means 20% off my 1980s novel, Tiffany and Tiger's Eye.  If you're looking for a great spooky, weird, lesbian cottage-themed novel, this is the book for you:

More about Tiffany and Tiger's Eye:
How many secrets can a family keep?

If there's one thing Rebecca knows, it's how to hide her problems. But with a rock-and-roll dad who drinks too much and a mom who works day and night, Rebecca needs a sympathetic ear. That's why she tells her troubles to Yvette, an antique doll that once belonged to her grandmother.

In the summer of 1986, after her father's strange disappearance, Rebecca and her little brother are sent to the cottage with Aunt Libby and Uncle Flip. Rebecca's relieved to get away from the city, and her relief grows to bliss when she meets Tiffany, a water-skiing blonde who dresses like Madonna, makes her own jewelry, and claims to see auras.

But strange things happen when Rebecca spends time with Tiffany. Her aunt and uncle are convinced she's acting out -- and she'd have good reason to, considering they obviously know where her father is and won't say -- but she can't convince them she isn't the one trashing her bedroom and setting fires. As crazy as it seems, Yvette must be the culprit.

There's nothing more dangerous than a jealous doll that knows all your secrets...

Friday, 6 June 2014

I bought Sue Heck pants!

Pink pants!

Do you watch The Middle?  Because Sue Heck is my hero.  She fails at everything, but maintains a positive attitude regardless.  She falls off the horse every time, but she always gets back up.

So many admirable qualities in one teenaged character!

Sorry for the crotch shot. It's hard to take pictures of your pants with a webcam!
And she's a pretty snazzy dresser, too...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Prizm in Perspective: Water Seekers

You can thank the #OutWriters hashtag for the reemergence of Prizm in Perspective. Check #OutWriters out on Twitter.  Tell the world why LGBTQ fiction is important to you.

But first, find out about:

Water Seekers

Nuclear devastation is the past. The need for water is the present. Can they survive to find a future?

I watch the sun coming up on my right as I walk. We’ve only got about three hours now before it gets too hot and we have to stop. We’ve learned not to leave it too long, learned not to wait until the last minute to put up our tents and hide within their dubious shelter. The sun will kill you if you let it.

Better to lose daylight, lose marching time, than to get stuck in the full sun. Of course it’s not much better in the middle of the night either. We have to stop and get set up before it gets too cold. The night will kill you if you let it.

Zara talks about what it was like before -- how their days used to be based on being up when the sun was up and sleeping during the night when it was dark. It’s just another one of the differences between then and now. She’s the oldest of us, she tells us about the differences, about how they used to do stuff. A lot of it is really crazy, but I guess that’s natural. I guess that’s why it happened.

by Michelle Rode
Pages: 159 / Words: 55500
ISBN: 978-1-60370-483-0, 1-60370-483-3
Genre: GLBT, Urban Fantasy
Age Rating: Young Adult
Ebook zipped file contains: html, Adobe and Sony optimized pdf, prc
Published by Prizm Books:
Available in print at:

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Prizm in Perspective: Eagle Peak

In celebration of the #OutWriters Twitter hashtag I blogged about a few days ago, I thought I'd revive my Prizm in Perspective feature here at the blog. There's only so much blah-blah-blahing I can do about my own novel. My publisher, Prizm Books, carries lots of other LGBTQ fiction. Imagine that!  (If they only published my book I'd be worried for them, LOL).

Today we feature...

Eagle Peak

Eagle Peak, population 596, has two bars, five churches, and a vibe (or lack thereof) that couldn’t be more different than Sean's native Minneapolis. Moving to rural small town Minnesota, Sean must leave his life of acting classes, going to all-ages shows, and hanging out with friends, to enter into a world of pep rallies, pick-up trucks and country pop.

Sean’s inclination for heavy eyeliner, black attire, and surly attitude make him an easy target of suspicion, intrigue, and prejudice in the small town of Eagle Peak. But despite Sean’s growing sense of dread and depression, small town Minnesota also offers a lot of firsts: he becomes the love interest of three classmates of which one is a closeted gay boy afraid of his own sexuality, he is surprised to discover and chant with a Buddhist family in town, and he gets in the middle of an abusive father and his town jock son. Sean’s old life of theater, live music, and diverse friends collides with his new life in Eagle Peak, and Sean is left confused about what he thought he knew about small towns, the world he left behind, and himself.

by Elizabeth Fontaine
Pages: 191 / Words: 59700
ISBN: 978-1-61040-661-1
Genre: LGBT, Contemporary, Drama
Age Rating: Edgy Young Adult
Ebook zipped file contains: html, Adobe and Sony optimized pdf, mobi

Published by Prizm Books:
Available in print at:

Sunday, 1 June 2014

#OutWriters Like Me

Just in time for Pride Month, a pretty cool publisher called Cleis Press has spearheaded this thingamabobby called...


Actually, it's a hashtag, so I really should say #OutWriters.

What are OutWriters? They're peeps like me.  Thanks for asking.  And who am I?  I'm a queer writer, writing about queer things... like a young woman whose turnstile-hopping incurs the wrath of the subway system (what?) or a guy who comes out live on national TV (yup) or... and this is the best one, by far... a girl whose only friend is an evil doll that starts setting fires when she falls for a blonde in a blue bikini.

The point of the OutWriters twitter hashtag is to tell the world why we do what we do.  Why write LGBTQ characters?

I place queer characters front and centre in my YA fiction because I always hoped to find books about people like me in my school library, growing up.  And I never, never did.  That's why, when my novel Tiffany and Tiger's Eye came out in February, the first thing I did was start writing to library systems across the world and asking them to please buy my book. I'm a pretty shy person and not at all a cold-calling self-promotion type writer, but I steeled my... oh, there's a word for this... girded my loins?  I don't remember it right now... I steeled SOMETHING and just did it.

(On a side note, if you want to ensure your library carries quality fiction featuring queer characters, I've posted instructions here: Please have a look!)

You can see what other OutWriters are saying by searching the hashtag on Twitter.  Here's a taste:

Why LGBT YA? When you're a kid, you're looking for examples of kids like you. Not every princess is blonde. Or white. Or a girl.

We can be the heroes of stories. We can have happy ever afters. Books matter.

Not only do I write what I know, I write what I would want to read.

We All Belong. Offering strength/comfort/humor from all P.O.V.'s. Because too many good people have been lost from the lack.

You can find out more about this whole OutWriters thingybopper at: