Maxine Wore Black 300 DPIMaxine Wore Black (October 2014)


Frenemy of the People 300 DPIFrenemy of The People (May 2014)

Check out my debut novel The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World. The End is about a group of LGBT teens who must travel through time to save the world from nuclear war. It was published on December 15, 2010 by Prizm Books.

My second novel Swans & Klons was published in May Swans & Klons 300 DPI2013 from Bold Strokes Books. Swans & Klons is about two girls in love who fight for freedom in an all-female society.

What does it take to survive in a world built on lies?

My short story “World War III Doesn’t Last Long,” about a young woman in Brooklyn desperately trying to find her girlfriend after a nuclear disaster, was chosen by editor JoSelle Vanderhooft as one of the best lesbian speculative fiction stories published in 2010. It was therefore included in Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction (published by Lethe Press.)

The story was originally published in Collective Fallout, a queer-themed science fiction magazine. You can read an excerpt here.

I am not one of nature’s bloggers. I need the vast, meadowlike space of a novel. That’s why there’s no real blog on this website. But I have been privileged to write guest posts for some of my favorite blogs.

Dreaming In Books hosted a week-and-a-half long LGBTQ Voices extravaganza in honor or Day Of Silence. (Day Of Silence happens once a year, when students take a vow of silence to draw attention to homophobic bullying and harassment.) I was very honored to get to do a guest post among august company like Malinda Lo, Nancy Garden, Brent Hartinger, Catherine Ryan Hyde, and Cheryl Rainfield. My post was about giving LGBTQ fictional powers that the world is trying to deny queer teens.

I’ve written two posts on dystopian YA. One was about LGBTQ characters in dystopian YA, and was partly a response to an article by Paolo Bacigalupi. This post was excerpted in an Outer Alliance spotlight. (The Outer Alliance is a group of science fiction and fantasy writers who advocate for LGBTQ issues in literature.) I wrote a shorter, more light-hearted post about dystopian YA and why it’s so beloved for Star Shadow!

Melissa Montovani invited me to do a post for YA Book Shelf‘s How Does YA Lit Inspire You? meme. I wrote about how many other books I ripped off, plus how I like when characters “just happen” to be LGBTQ.

I had so much to say for Poisoned Rationality that it ended up being two posts! In Part One I explained how gay teens are the new vampires. In Part Two I talked about how Walter Dean Meyers changed my life and talked about some of my favorite contemporary LGBTQ YA books.

This one was kind of magical! I got to write a review of one of my favorite books for my favorite blog! Here is my guest post about The Man Without A Face on Lee Wind’s awesome “I’m Here! I’m Queer! What The Hell Do I Read?”

Okay, that’s it for blog posts. What other writing can I share with you? Oh, I know. I love Mae West! Well, who doesn’t? Here is an article I wrote about her for Block Magazine.

My girlfriend Áine Ní Cheallaigh and our friend Franny Hogg have written a wonderful book on how to create a writing group, called Writing Group in A Box: Just Add People! In the book, they included free-writing prompts and examples of stories that our real-life writing group did in response to these prompts. I was proud to have eleven of my stories chosen for this book!

Now, you may think this last one is scraping the bottom of the barrel, but I have to say that I was thrilled to pieces when my letter was published in The New York Times.