• Gay Stuff,  LGBT+ YA,  News,  Self-Publishing,  Writing

    Introducing The Girls of Summer series

    So, remember those sweet romances we read as teenagers in the 1980s an 1990s? The ones with lesbian main characters who fell for other girls and had fun adventures and happily-ever-after endings? No? Me neither. I do, however, remember those sweet teen romances from Silhouette First Love, Dolly Fiction, Sweet Valley High… The list goes on. I remember hiding in the stacks in the library at high school reading those books, never checking them out lest they appear on my borrowing record. Though I loved sci-fi and fantasy (Day of the Triffids and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are still two of my all-time favourite books), when I hit…

  • About Me,  LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    2014 – A relatively shitty writing year that turned out not so bad

    It’s that time of the year when we all take stock of the 365 days that have passed, and think about the next 365. This year, my second full year of being a full-time writer, hasn’t gone to plan. But when does anything ever go exactly to plan? I’ve been reading writing and author blogs over the past week and how those authors have had relatively successful years and have moved ahead in their careers in leaps and bounds. Well, this isn’t one of those blogs. I’ve actually had a shitty writing year and it’s kinda my fault. I started out the year not knowing where I was headed, which…

  • LGBT+ YA

    “First Time for Everything” Anthology Release Day is here!

    It’s release day for the “First Time for Everything” YA anthology! Woohoo! I’ve enjoyed the last few months of working with Harmony Ink Press on moulding my short story “Summer Crush” into it’s much prettier self and can’t wait for you to read it. You can get it direct from Harmony Ink here. The Amazon link is here. And if you like the anthology, please remember to leave a review on whichever site you purchased it from. And I’d love to hear what you think of “Summer Crush”, so feel free to comment here or email me, tweet me or ask me anything on tumblr.

  • LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    On bad things happening to lesbian characters because they’re lesbians

    An interesting thing happened to me last week. I’d finished the first draft of a novella I’d been working on in a new series I’m developing and, as I often do with my finished stories, read it to my wife to see what she thought. She’s not a big reader, but I love seeing her reactions when I read the stories out loud to her. If I can make her laugh and cry and react in all the right places, I know I’ve done my job. So, there I was, reading my story out loud, and she was crying and laughing out loud and reacting fantastically – even in places…

  • LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    Pre-order the “First Time for Everything” Anthology here!

    The “First Time for Everything” anthology, which features my short story “Summer Crush”, is being released in just under a month. You can pre-order your ebook here or the paperback here. From the Dreamspinner website: “There’s nothing like the first time. Whether it’s a first crush, first date, first kiss, or finding tolerance and approval for the first time, for gay, lesbian, bi, and trans teens—or those still exploring and discovering their sexuality and identity—these important firsts can shape the rests of their lives. Gathering the courage to come out to their families, admit their feelings to a friend, or go to school presenting as the people they really are…