I was asked for a recent guest post to list my personal top ten books of all time. But honestly, the thought of having to conjure and then commit to a list of my ten all-time favourites is positively panic-inducing.
That awkward straight-friend crush. Haven’t all teen lesbians lived that particular hell?
My upcoming novel, Here’s the Thing is about sixteen-year-old Zel, who returns to Australia after nearly a year in New York. And when she moves she’s forced to leave her best friend, Prim, behind. This is extra devastating for Zel because for almost the entire time they’ve been friends, Zel has been harbouring a mammoth, unrequited crush on her.
I did a guest post for Up Close and Literal on whether LGBT counts as a genre, where I tell a story about one of my readers that reflects why I think we still need this label for LGBTQ books—especially in young adult fiction.
I wrote a guest post on the slow growth of LGBTQIA representation in Australian young adult fiction, for the fabulous LGBTQ Reads website.
Comedian Hannah Gadsby reminded me that as someone who purports to write fiction to support young queer people, I should have been paying more attention to the upcoming plebiscite.
Here are three books young adult fiction books featuring LGBTQ girls that I read this month. Two are new, while one was a new find.
Whose afraid of the word bisexual? Negotiating the line between representation and realism in YA stories.
Travelling is a rite of passage for so many young Australians, including myself. A tale of the first time I was truly lost in a foreign country.