I’m pleased to announce what’s next in my ongoing slate of book publications. It’s a Young Adult (this is highly debatable, as always, and I assure you it’s more than suitable for grownups) novel called Jumpstart the World. And it’s going under contract with Knopf as we speak (figuratively speaking) with publication tentatively slated for Fall of 2010.
Like many of my YA novels, it’s a little...how shall I say it...brave in its subject matter.
It centers around a barely-sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with her older next door neighbor, Frank. Not an actual relationship. He already has one of those. But for Elle, who has just been dumped into her own apartment by a mother whose new boyfriend isn’t much into keeping teenagers around the house, it’s everything. And it becomes important quickly. Before she learns that Frank is transgender. In other words, he’s transitioning into being a man. But he wasn’t born that way.
It’s not so much prejudice in herself that creates the battle. She doesn’t have too much of that. More a worry over what the situation says about her. She’s never been in love before, never had a serious boyfriend. And then when she does meet somebody she could fall for...
But her caring is genuine, and refuses to disappear.
There have been a few forays into transgender fiction in the last few years, but it was important to me that the emotion involved in this story be a bit more raw and direct. It might go down easier if our TG characters were platonic and sexless, like the gay male sidekicks in older chick flicks, but I was never known for playing it safe. This is a female-to-male TG character in a leading man role. I hope it breaks some ground.
More news on its publication as it becomes available.
My business travel is over and my year is now free to write. Life is good.
Causes Catherine Hyde Supports
The Pay It Forward Foundation, Marriage Equality (See Human Rights Campaign), the 350 movement to help ease global climate change, LandWatch San Luis Obispo...