Hey! Good news! My novella Beast in the Mirror is available even sooner than I had hoped. It's now up on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords! This 30k novella reimagines Beauty and the Beast as LGBT YA. Writing it was a real emotional challenge for me because I had to draw on my own experiences as an eating disorder survivor to get inside the head of Bella, a teen model who fell from grace with the media when her anorexia caused her to fall on the runway. It was also an extremely satisfying story to write because I finally got the chance to queer my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast! Beast in the Mirror is my effort to "write what scares me" and to contribute something to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement and to the new movement to #KeepYAWeird. You should read it if you love interesting twists on fairy tales (shows like Once Upon a Time, Into the Woods, or Maleficent, for example), if you're wishing for more lesbian characters in YA, if you struggle with body images issues yourself or know someone who does, or if you just love a good unconventional fairy tale romance! I appreciate all the support I've gotten from my writing community on this one. You all rock and
I hope you enjoy the book!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Once upon a time, Bella Ashton was the teenage model to watch—until her anorexia got the better of her and she passed out on the runway. Now, fresh off a year of eating disorder rehab, Bella is eager to get back in the game. But when she and her photographer cousin break into an abandoned Irish manor to stage a photo shoot, Bella finds herself face to face with the house's owner: a hideous beast who used to be a girl like her. Taken captive, the terrified Bella will do anything to escape. But as she learns more about the beast, she discovers they aren't that different—and that the beast, in her own way, is a prisoner, too. How far will she go to save the monster she's slowly learning to love? And can finding the beauty in someone else help you find it in yourself?
Laura Bradley Rede gives the "tale as old as time" a fresh new twist in this queer, feminist reimagining.
This novella has been both a pleasure and a challenge to write. As an eating disorder survivor myself, I've struggled with writing about a topic so close to home, but in the end I feel good about the fact that this story has so much of me in it. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale by far and I'm happy to have finally gotten the chance to do it my way! I'll post a teaser soon!