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Intervention

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.
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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.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2011 3:33 pm

    I still love this, Kaje. I think it’s important and has a great message. Thanks again!

  2. Barb House permalink
    August 31, 2011 5:09 pm

    Great story!

  3. September 10, 2011 2:04 am

    Beautiful story, Kaje!

  4. Mari Evers permalink
    September 11, 2011 11:21 am

    beautiful story! and so true to how many kids have it in the real world. I like that it ends on a hopeful note. Good work, Jory, too!

    (got pointed here by Ann ^_^)

  5. September 11, 2011 11:40 am

    Thank you. I really appreciated Ann mentioning my stories on her blog, especially this one, since it’s a little different from my usual. I woke up with the story in my head one day and just had to write it. (Although I do hope to write more YA worth publishing on purpose some day.)

  6. Kevin permalink
    September 23, 2011 1:18 am

    Besides being a good story, I think this is a really important one, too. The opening paragraph… oh my god, so chilling. I love that Jory had such compassion for his little brother.

    • September 23, 2011 8:59 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. I like thinking that one person doing the right thing at the right time can make a difference, and in this story that was Jory.

  7. Lynn permalink
    September 25, 2011 1:43 pm

    Wow. As a parent of a gay teen this hits close to home. But three years later, some meds for depression and therapy, my 17 year old son Matt is thriving! Now I try and help other parents, and teens. If you have a .PDF or something I could print and take to a PFLAG meeting, I think it would be great. Again, thanks for the story, it really touched me. – Lynn

    • September 25, 2011 5:04 pm

      I’d be happy to get you a copy if you like. I’m glad you liked it enough to want one. I’ll email you off-site. I’m still trying to decide whether to post this somewhere like Smashwords where it can be downloaded (and if so , whether I’d better put it under a new YA pen-name that doesn’t link up with Lies and Consequences, which is explicit.)

  8. September 26, 2011 3:38 pm

    So after some consideration, I’ve decided to put a different pen name on this and any future YA stories. Not because I want to keep two secret identities, but as a kind of notification. Both Kira Harp and Kaje Harper are me, but if you read a Kira story it will be suitable for YA, and if you read a Kaje story there may be full frontal sex. That way, people can know what they are getting. I don’t think there’s a successful way to censor teen reading, (and I’m not even sure it’s a good idea.) But I do want to be sure that a reader who doesn’t want the explicit content doesn’t inadvertently download/pay for material that will make them uncomfortable. Hopefully this will do the trick.

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