Monday, December 3, 2012

Gay Characters in YA Fiction

The post that follows was written by TC Hart, two women who write as a team. The Washington state natives are not only co-writers but best friends as well. Tasha is an educator and married with four boys. Cheryl is a nurse, married with three boys and two girls. In their own words, “We love to travel, go to the theater and try new things. Our latest adventure is zip lining which should be interesting since we are both terrified of heights.”
They wrote Second Sight because they believe in the importance of a caring, compassionate future generation that celebrates everyone’s uniqueness. Welcome to Book Blather, Tasha and Cheryl.

      Are teenagers ready for gay characters in their fiction? We, TC Hart believe so. As friends we have always felt strongly about celebrating diversity. We also know that young people will be the ones to create our future. We want that future to be one of love, understanding and compassion. 
     After researching we found a lack of teen literature that had healthy gay role models as main characters. While there were several books that dealt with the difficulty many young gay people have, and these are important, we also wanted books that showed a new generation of acceptance.  A generation that honored not only one’s sexuality, but everyone’s unique individuality.

We are so excited about the release of Second Sight and have already started outlining the next book in the series. We hope to continue to create positive characters that inspire our world to be a better place. Second Sight is available at Smashwords and 

Blurb: Being gay in high school is not always easy, and now Kyle is having unexplained visions. His friend, Jenny, is convinced that he is psychic. When thefts occur at school, Kyle realizes that his visions may be the key to solving the crime, if only he could figure them out! As editor of the school newspaper, Kyle almost has more on his plate than he can deal with. When the news staff tries to figure out who the thief is, personalities clash and tensions rise. But the challenges will form friendships that Kyle never would have imagined. And Kyle's world will be changed forever. 

"So I'm both gay and psychic? That's a lot for one high school guy to handle."

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