Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blogtour: How We Began Anthology

Please extend a warm welcome to Vanessa North who's visiting today with 

How We Began

an anthology by

Alexis Hall, Delphine Dryden, Vanessa North,

Amy Jo Cousins, Annabeth Albert, and Geonn Cannon


How does love begin?

A glance, a gesture, an unexpected offer of help from a stranger…or from a good friend. A smile across a counter at a coffee shop or video store. A secret revealed in a song from another place and time. Or in a love ballad crooned at a high school dance.

In this anthology of never-before-published sweet LGBTQ+ stories, six authors explore the beginnings of love between young and new adult couples. All proceeds will support The Trevor Project's work with crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.

Get the book:


A word from Vanessa:

Adult writers writing for kids—what could go wrong?

As an author, I try to be very conscious of the social implications of writing for an audience I don’t belong to. Almost all fiction for children is written by adults. For obvious reasons, this means adults shape the conversations around and about young adult fiction, not just curating, but also creating the content of bookshelves for teens.

Whoa. That’s a big responsibility.

When we’re writing for marginalized kids? Writing for kids who maybe don’t want their parents or their communities to know what they’re reading, it’s an even bigger responsibility.

I was lucky—I had access, from a very young age, to whatever I wanted to read. The library was my favorite place on earth, and my parents indulged and celebrated that. So when I sat down to write my story for this anthology, I thought back to the kinds of stories that mattered to me when I was a teen back in the 1990s, and what the overarching story arcs were that spoke to me, and it always came back to the ones that weren’t trying to teach me anything—the ones that let me see kids like me living out adventures and having agency and making their own choices.

I wanted to write a story like that—I think, in the end, as contributors, we all ended up writing stories like that. Stories where we weren’t trying to teach kids better ways of doing something, but instead, just holding out a hand to say “We’re here, and you’re okay the way you are.”

This was my first experience writing for a young adult audience—a first for others in the anthology as well. We took our responsibility seriously, and we hope that young queer teens will see something of themselves in our work.

More about Vanessa North:

Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.


Promotional post. Materials provided by the author.


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  2. This is an amazing thing to do. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. This anthology is a great idea with a great set of authors! Thank you for the giveaway chance!

  4. I think writing about the young is hard especially with their age and today's generation. It's a great challenge too! :)

  5. I think it's a wonderful endeavor! I too was not restricted in my reading material and spent countless hours at the library! Thank you.

  6. This is such a wonderful cause, and I am so thankful to all of the authors for participating. I am a huge fan of Vanessa's writing, and am excited to read this great collection. Thank you for the giveaway chance!!

  7. The anthology sounds like a great idea with such great authors participating! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  8. Congratulations on the new release the book sounds really good and it a great way to support The Trevor Project's.


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