If all goes well, I plan to have a new Street Stories novel finished this year. My focus will be to highlight awareness of the number of homeless youth who are members of the LGBTQ community. It is estimated that about 40% of homeless youth are on the streets because of their sexual orientation.
Here’s one of the sources I found while researching the specifics:
If this works right, you should be able to listen to the Open Line program I did at WZOE Radio in Princeton IL on Dec. 9, 2014. We talk about the Princeton Public Library events for December, but at about 8:30 minutes in I talk about the program I’m in to promote homelessness awareness as a book launch event for Box of Rain.
Read all about it at my Box of Rain website.
If you can’t wait to order a copy of the third Street Stories novel, Box of Rain, you don’t have to. The link is live at Amazon.com where you can get your name in to receive your mobi file on December 15.
I’m so excited that I decided to offer a contest. For the first 5 people to pre-order, I will send a FREE print copy when it is released in Spring of 2015. Just place your pre-order, then email me your Amazon proof of pre-order to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will email back to let you know if you are one of the lucky first five and get your mailing address to send you your prize.
As I was researching background on my character Booker T. Brooks for the next Street Stories novel, I found this blog by foster mother Shelley Cadamy. She posted the video below that shows the life of a foster child through the girl’s own eyes. My character and his cousin Shorty were taken from their mothers due to negligence, not direct abuse, but the fear and confusion and anger portrayed in the video have to be pretty universal, I would think, regardless of the circumstances that spawn the emotions.
While the story portrayed below is not entirely indicative of Booker T’s journey, I hope it will touch your heart in some way and maybe even encourage anyone who is a foster parent, or is thinking of being a foster parent, to give foster kids the benefit of the doubt and hang in there as long as it takes to bring them back from the dark world their past has spun around them.
In my book, Booker T and Shorty turn out with almost exact opposite personalities despite the similarities of their start in life. Was it some fundamental essence within themselves that made the difference, or the circumstantial paths they traveled once separated? I tend to believe nurture goes a long way to directing nature to achieve its fullest positive outcome.