Today I signed my first contract for a YA story! “It’s Not Our Fault” will be included in Harmony Ink’s First Time for Everything anthology, to release in September!
Stoked is an understatement. I’m over the moon. I started writing YA almost five years ago, hoping to write the kind of stories I would’ve loved when I was a kid. Back then, in the dark ages when all television was free, there were no LGBTQ sections in the library. If I found a story with a queer character, they were either the villain or very secretive about their orientation (hence my practice reading between the lines :))–and either way, they usually died and then everyone usually celebrated. The End.
Now people across the rainbow get to fall in love, to be the hero, to solve the mystery, and live to do it again tomorrow. It’s awesome. I’m still having trouble finding books for my bisexual inner-teen, though. So what does a writer do in that case? Write them.
I started my YA pen name, Charli Green, so I could do just that. Most of my story ideas (and WIPs) have female protags, but “It’s Not Our Fault” is from the POV of a boy who graduated a year early from high school. The next fall is full of “first times” for him.
I’ve posted a snippet on Charli’s blog. My hope is that adults who know me as Charley will follow me to YA (if you like that kind of thing), but I really don’t want any minors to follow Charli back here.They can find ERom without my help. 🙂