This morning, I received one of the most beautiful emails an author can find in their inbox. I think I’m going to print it out and put it on my wall to remind me that my words, my experiences, and my boys matter. It is better than any best seller list and any award to drop onto a mantle I don’t even have. To make a difference in the life of a beautiful 17-year-old boy with such incredible potential in life – that is worth the constant battle just to stay in the game.
From a fan of my YA line (edited slightly to maintain his privacy) – I would like to update you on my life since it’s been one year since I read your series that changed my life, and its been too long since we’ve talked. During the year in my English class we do read aloud and I’ve read from all the books and the classmates are always in awe with how your words capture such excitement. A few always ask where they can get the book to read themselves, of course I tell them.
As you may already know I was voted class president and NHS Vice president (which may be changed to President due to if the current president decides to change schools). I started as Libero for our boys volleyball team! I couldn’t have done any of this if it wasn’t for your books inspiring me to show the world what I can do and to let my flame burn as brightly as I can. I’ve been trying to help as much as possible and show people how an openly gay kid can be voted class president, in what would be considered a “hick” town, if the real motivation is shown. It takes having everything you’d ever want then losing it to know what its like to really be free, and that’s how I feel right now. I am both nervous and excited for my final year of high school, I hope that it will be a memorable one.
I cannot begin to thank you enough for helping me through your amazing novels to become the man I am today. I used to be scared to be myself, now I would be insulted if anyone asked me to be anything but. I owe you so much.