When i wrote the first short story, The Wolf, I hadn't decided which direction I was going to go with Ozzie's sexuality or if I was going to tackle the subject at all. I really made the decision a few pages into writing Belonging, story two. After seeing all the news on gay teens being bullied and the suicide rate being completely out of hand I felt that i had the responsibility to write some young adult fiction for gay teens.
I know my writing seems simplistic but I spend too much time having authors go into way too much detail about stuff. I know what a door looks like. You don't have to describe it to me. Most books I read could really be about two chapters long because the authors waste so much time describing crap that is not needed. What's wrong with "these are the characters, this is what they do, and this how they behave?" I don't need to know about every blade of grass they are walking on unless it's directly related to the story line some how.
I have read some of the young adult fiction out there and decided my writing had to deal with real problems and in a real world context. So many of the main stream authors are watering down their story content so badly to stay clear of the conservative movement in the US. My stories are not written for any political reason. They are not part of the "gay agenda". They are plainly written for you ... and me.
So many people feel like i did back in high school, lost and alone, and i figure if i can write something they can connect with they might feel less that way.
You aren't alone in this world no matter how you feel at this point in time.
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