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Writing Cevin’s Deadly Sin has been a wild ride for me. Literally six years in the making, seeing the culmination of my work published is a huge thrill for me. First, this is a departure for me, before I’ve always written horror and paranormal. For this project that didn’t fit. At first I toyed with the idea of having a cross-dresser vampire or cross-dresser werecat, then I decided, no. This story needs to be told in a realistic fashion.
Cevin’s Deadly Sin is the story of a closeted hetero teen cross-dresser. In most ways he’s a normal kid, yet has that one difference he has to hide. It makes him feel that no one will accept him for his true self. It’s the story of feeling like an outsider, and who hasn’t felt that way at one time or another?
This was my thesis novel for an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. I struggled with the plot tremendously and ended up scrapping and rewriting the entire book after graduation. Then once I had it finished, it was difficult finding a publisher. Publishers told me they liked it, but they didn’t know how to market it. Cevin is hetero so he didn’t fit into the LGBT category, strictly speaking. He doesn’t want to have surgery to become a woman, so he doesn’t fall into the transgender category.
My present publisher, Queer Teen Press, is a little more broad in its content, so they seemed like a good fit to me. I was so happy when they accepted it for publication.
Why did I write this book? I’m fascinated with gender. How much of it is inherent and how much is from upbringing? Why do people in our culture react so violently against someone who defies gender?
I have cross-dresser friends, and I’ve interviewed a lot of cross-dressers, and I know that they had no support groups they could access during their school years. I’m writing Cevin to help them out—to bring awareness to the public about cross-dressing and help CD kids to realize that they’re not alone.
Also, how do we treat those who are different in some way? Tessa is totally taken with Cevin, but when he tries to tell her about how he’s different, she doesn’t want to listen. She becomes afraid and pulls away from him.
In many ways, this is a universal story. Has there ever been a time when you felt like an outsider?
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My short story, The Double, is in a new anthology of which I’m really proud. It’s called Hazard Yet Forward. Seventy-six writers connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program have created a multi-genre charity anthology.
This anthology is special because all proceeds will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program, and my dear friend. Donna, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. An active member of the SHU WPF alumni committee, Munro helps organize the school’s annual writing conference, the In Your Write Mind Workshop.
To aid Donna and her family, faculty members, alumni, students and friends of the Writing Popular Fiction program came together to compile this massive anthology. The book features flash fiction, short stories and even a full-length novella. In total, there are 75 works from various genres, which makes this anthology one that features something for everyone.
Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery – and everything in between. Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominee Lawrence C. Connolly, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman, Rita finalist Dana Marton, Spur winner Meg Mims, Asimov’s Readers’ Award winner Timons Esaias and WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.
This large volume is an electronic book for the popular Kindle platform and is available for purchase through Amazon for $9.99.
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I’m really excited about my new book, The Werecat Chronicles. Werecats have been a long time fascination of mine, and I’ve been working on it for several years, trying to get it to say exactly what I want it to. All of you writers know about the excruciating job of editing. I’ve always been one who can write a book quickly then spend literally years editing it. That’s what happened with this one. I vow that the next one will come out much more quickly.
I’ve realized that the theme of most of my books has to do with teens who are outsiders. I think that’s because as a kid I felt very much like an outsider. Thankfully, though it’s bad to be different when you’re young, it’s good to be different when you’re older, so now I’m very happy with being unusual and even consider it an asset.
Kenley, the girl in my story, finds out that her parents have been holding back from telling her about her shapeshifter heritage. The’d hoped it might skip a generation as it has for other members of the family. But no. Kenley is experiencing all kinds of weird sensations, and she has nowhere to turn for help. Who comes to her aid but the dark and mysterious Luis. And why is he coming to her assistance anyway? Why indeed. You may want to read the book to find out.
Oh, did I mention that it’s only $.99?
Lynne Hansen created my awesome cover art. Thank you, Lynne!
Available as an e-book through Amazon.com. Also available in other e-book formats on Smashwords.com. The paperback version will be out soon.
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Who knew that a little pair of red lace panties could get him into so much trouble…
Cevin thinks that moving to a small Florida town is the worst thing that ever happened to him…until he falls for Tessa. She may be the one person who can accept his cross-dressing, but her brother Hunt’s goal is to make Cevin’s life a living hell. When Hunt “outs” him at school, Cevin has to figure out how to come to terms with his own identity in order to keep Tessa and quite possibly save his own life.
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