Now available: my new novel Synclair

My new novel is out! I read from it below and you can find it most anywhere books are sold. I wrote this wanting to marry spiritual depth with awkward teen comedy — and I’m so glad I picked a lighthearted story for 2019-20. I started this long before the pandemic hit, but was still editing it last spring. Working on humor and theology turned out to be a perfect combination for 2020. I hope you’ll agree!

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Reading about race

Hi! As you can see from the dates on these posts, I’ve been away from my website for a while—teaching LGBTQ Literature at Macalester. (More about that in a future post). I did pick the wildest semester to start teaching college with a global pandemic in the middle of it. And also I live in Minneapolis, which is hopefully ground zero for the revolution, so let me formally start this post saying:

Black Lives Matter

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An award, an interview and book festivals!

After taking the summer off the social internet, I’ve come back to a month of wow!

In the Silences won the silver medal at the 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Pre-Teen – Mature Issues. I love this book and I’m so glad it already has an award. (And I dorkily feel like my characters won the award rather than me, though in truth I should split it with my amazing team of beta readers, consultants and editor.)READ MORE

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In The Silences – Book Launch Events

You can buy my new novel starting today! The official publication date is May 21, but my publisher, Bella Books, has made copies available early on their site (click here!).

The launch party will be June 1 at the Roseville Barnes & Noble, HarMar Mall, 2100 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here or just show up! I’ll read from the new book and have special guests with me to talk about the beta reading process, plus we’ll take audience questions. I will sign books and happily geek out about comic books and gaming with anyone who wants to.READ MORE

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Pre-Order My New Novel!

In three weeks, my new novel will be shipping. This one’s targeted for slightly younger ages, like Being Emily, focusing on ages 14-15 for the main characters.

What’s it about?

Fourteen-year-old Kaz Adams just wants to read comic books and spend every day with Aisha Warren. And maybe get up the nerve to ask her out, if Kaz turns out to be a gender that Aisha’s into.

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Spring Events 2019

This spring and summer I’ll be at three conventions: ClexaCon in April, WisCon in May and GCLS in July. I’m very excited to be on two panels for ClexaCon:

  • Breaking into Book Publishing for Aspiring Writers, with Catherine Lundoff,  Andi Marquette, and Kim Turrisi.
  • Creating Diverse Stories Without Tokenism, with Victoria Stagg Elliott, Karen Shoffner, and CB Lee.

For more info check out the panels list on the ClexaCon site: https://clexa-con.com/programming/2019-panels-workshops/READ MORE

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October & November Events!

I’m excited to be participating in three great events in the Twin Cities area for October and November:

Oct. 24: The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Young Adult Lit: From Sad-Eyed Loners to Superheroes

7 – 9 PM
Quatrefoil Library
1220 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55407

Discover exciting trends in young adult literature, expand your reading list, and play a trivia game with prizes! Christine Jenkins, co-author of Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature, will take you on a whirlwind tour of five decades of this exciting and now booming genre. Author Rachel Gold will read from the new edition of her groundbreaking novel, Being Emily, and explore the future of YA literature with queer and trans content. Reception to follow. Books will be for sale and authors will be available for signing!READ MORE

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The Boston Globe & Harvard Book Store

The week before I read at Harvard Book Store, the Boston Globe ran a great profile focused on the new edition of Being Emily, which you can find on their site. Here’s my favorite quote:

Echoing [Stephanie] Burt’s introduction, Gold added, she intends the new edition to be a book “where trans girls really see themselves, see themselves being loved, see themselves in a positive light, overcoming problems. I think there’s still not enough of that in the world in terms of trans identity…”

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