I wrote THE GENE PULL during my freshman year of college originally for National Novel Writing Month, and although my Chemistry and Calculus grade suffered I was able to make one of my childhood dreams come true — to be a published author.
For this check (which means more to me than you’ll ever know!), I would like to thank everyone who supported me up until now and those who continue to support me! From my family to my friends to my publisher and now to True Colorz!
Within just days of being published, this well-established LGBT YA novel-promoting website found me and just today put my book on their front page! I’m in line to get interviewed by them. Can’t wait to share that with you!
Now a little bit about my first novel ever…
Written by Benjamin Shepherd Quiñones (that’s me!) and published by G and J Publishing as of April 14, 2013 (the day before my birthday!), “The Gene Pull (as stated in my first review on Goodreads!) is an honest exploration of the pros and cons of coming out, with a sci-fi twist. Geared toward young adults, this short (180 pages) novel follows 16-year-old Noah Fletcher through a small window of his coming of age, including his coming out process. Noah is met with varying levels of acceptance from family, friends, and school peers when they learn that he is gay. LGBT teens will especially appreciate the recognition of the challenges that many face when they come out, especially bullying from peers. On top of handling the stress of coming out, Noah is also plagued with a superhuman power that pits an alien race against him. As Noah learns to handle both situations, the novel expresses an obvious “It Gets Better” theme that all young teens can relate to and gain hope from.” –Gina
For anyone who’s interested in reading my baby, there’s plenty of ways to get your hands on it! In both paperback and e-book form (see here!). Also please try to leave me some feedback if you can (on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or what have you). It’s a tad nerve-wrecking for me, as a debut author, to have my book read by the world without knowing what it thinks! I’m sure my fellow authors would agree?
Anyway, I hope you like it!