Naming my book Rooftops was a hard choice for me. Originally it was called Picking Up a Spare because of the homeless man they adopt and because they originally lived above a bowling alley. I changed the title for two reasons. One, it was suggested to me from a former friend that I am no longer in contact with, and I didn’t want to have to get his approval to use his title. Two, I didn’t think it fit what the story had become. It wasn’t any longer just about these two guys going out to LA, and the homeless man they meet on the way, it was now about a group of friends.
Horror and adolescence go hand in hand for many reasons, which explains why teens tend to thrive on horror films and books more than any other demographic.
My name is Anna Frost and I’m an author of LGBTQ fiction. I try to give every letter its share of love, but I don’t fit anywhere on that spectrum myself. Let’s pretend for a minute that you have a burning desire to know why. Don’t walk away! Come back!
Pushing the Envelope in LGBT YA Books: Celebrating Storm Moon Press’ 4th Anniversary with Cody Stanford
The main character of my novel Sinews of the Heart is Nikki, a genderqueer transgirl anthrotiger growing up in a world destroyed by hate. In her post-apocalyptic world, she has no models to help her really figure out who she is. No books about being queer that she can read and no role models for sorting out being genderqueer… no stories about being gay or growing up as a boy feeling more like a girl… nothing to help her figure out what she feels both in her heart and in her body. She doesn’t even know what the word “gay” is until Nikki’s mother, sensing what’s going on with her daughter, tells Nikki what it means. When it comes to literature about gays, queers, and transpeople, Nikki lives in a world where the lack of books is as desolate as the ruins of civilization that surround her.