Come 4.25.17, my second novel Amma will be available. Recently I released the following blurb:
“Welcome to Shift, a realm of gender bending gunslingers, femme fatales and flying monkeys! Of course, Shift is just a place from a comic book… unless you’re a transgender teenager named Griffin Page.
From Jade Crawford, the author of magical realism novel Rough Magic, comes AMMA, a Fantasy Western about the deepest urges of the human heart. AMMA will be available in paperback and digital edition April 25, 2017.”
But what can you expect from a Fantasy Western with LGBTQ elements? Below are some new details related to the plot and format.
- AMMA WILL PARTIALLY TAKE PLACE IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
Yes, the book will be almost evenly divided between Shift, the Wild Western-themed world of Griffin’s comic books and present day Albuquerque. Griffin himself lives on Indian School Road, close to downtown.
2. AMMA IS A COMIC BOOK CHARACTER
Well, sort of. By the book’s start, our protagonist has just started reading AMMA, a comic book series which has been running since the 1940’s, on and off. A handfull of women from our world, ranging from a World War II pilot disguised as a man to a modern day police officer, have been Amma but how I won’t say, today.
3. THE BOOK WILL BE NOVELLA LENGTH
Absolutely. This will make the book a quick read! The final draft looks like it could be about 120 pages thus far.
4. EXPECT MORE THAN ONE LGBTQ CHARACTER
Griffin Page, the high school protagonist, is of course transgender. But by transgender, I do not mean that he is transitioning. Yet. Griffin has begun to explore his gender idenity, feeling inside like a female, though expressing outwardly as a male. Of course, this won’t bode well with his conservative family. I can also tell you that Griffin adores comic book heroines and anti-heroies, the way I did in high school, though not in a sexual way. Griffin instead wishes he could be Wonder Woman or Amma.
Aside from Griffin, the book will feature at least three more LGBTQ characters from Shift to Albuqeurque.
5. THE BOOK WILL BE DEDICATED TO LEELAH ALCORN
Last but not least, Amma will be dedicated to Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teenager whose suicide in December 2014 made national deadlines. Alcorn’s story resonated with me, especially considering she was from my native Ohio. You are missed, Leelah. I’m sorry so many of us will never really know you.