I’ve had the short story Intervention up here for a couple of months. I wrote it because it sprang to mind one morning and wouldn’t go away, and I thought it might speak to some readers. I never released it, although I’d thought I might. Then I heard about the Helping Hands charity line of stories from Featherweight Press. They now have a line of Young Adult GLBT stories for which they donate the profits, including author royalties, to charity. They do all the work of production and formatting, and I get to choose the charity. It seems like a win-win situation. My story gets a wider audience and the proceeds, instead of coming to me or the publisher, will help GLBT youth. So I’ve taken down the free versions (because they contracted for the rights to the story) and when anyone buys it, there will be a donation to The Trevor Project. I am releasing this with a YA pen name Kira Harp, since I hope to have more YA work out as time goes by. I want my readers to be well-informed as to whether they are buying my YA stories or my explicit adult romances. Both of these writers are me, though :).
The Trevor Project ( http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ or 866-4-U-TREVOR) is a support organization and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth. It’s an invaluable resource, and a fitting charity for this story of stepping back from the edge of despair. So my apologies to any reader who came here looking for the story. I sent it out to earn its living and do good in the world.
Kaje Harper/ Kira Harp
November 8, 2011
Acknowledgements: I want to thank my teenage daughter for designing the original cover for the story, and Thorny for reading an earlier version and helping me make it better. You gave it the chance to make a contribution. And thanks to everyone who steps up to someone they don’t know and offers support or advice or friendship. Working together, we will change the world.
JAN 1, 2012 : Intervention has now been released by Featherweight Press. You can read about it in my blog entry here. Congratulations to Ralph Gallagher, the Featherweight editor who had the vision and the energy to put this project together.