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LGBTQ Families: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Eva Apelqvist

LGBTQ Families: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Eva Apelqvist
LGBTQ Families: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Eva Apelqvist
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Title: LGBTQ Families: The Ultimate Teen Guide
Author: Eva Apelqvist
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield (Scarecrow Press)
Publish Date: October 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8108-8536-3

Tell us a little bit about your writing and educational background

Eva: I got a degree in cultural science from Uppsala University in Sweden, then went on to study linguistics but quit when we moved to northern Wisconsin when I began writing full time. I am the opposite of focused. I have been published in many different areas: articles for magazines and newspapers, novels, short stories for children (Highlights for Children, Spider, Babybug, Ladybug etc.), romance for a Swedish women’s magazine, non-fiction for young adults, and more. I also work as a Swedish-English translator.

What is your book about?

Eva: LGBTQ Families presents a picture of what life might be like today for LGBTQ families and persons. I have interviewed a great number of young adults, children and also adults to get as many views and stories as possible.

Why should readers read your book?

Eva: While there are many excellent books out about LGBTQ families, having grown up in Sweden, I made it a point to include a strong international perspective in my book – what it happening in other countries concerning LGBTQ issues? What countries have come further that we have in developing fair laws and what countries need international help and attention?

I also come from the perspective of an ally – I spend much time elaborating on what people not belonging to the LGBTQ community can do to make society better for all of us in regards to LGBTQ issues, and while I don’t have the intimate knowledge of somebody from the community, the people I interviewed do.

Did you have any obstacles while writing this book? What were they?

Eva: Yes. Gaining the trust of the LGBTQ community as an ally.

Is this the first book you have ever had published? If not, please share with us what other books you have previously had published.

Eva: I had a YA novel published by Penguin, Swede Dreams, and a non-fiction book for teens about learning to drive, Getting Ready to Drive: A How-To Guide.

Are you working on any projects right now? Tell us about your upcoming book.

Eva: I am working on a frightening YA novel tying together an unpleasant historical period with the present. – the research is giving me nightmares.

What is your advice for writers wanting to turn authors out there?

Eva: You hear it over and over – don’t give up. This is not a business for those with thin skin. There are no shortcuts. You have to put in your time, revise, take the rejections and be willing to start over again (again and again). Goodness that sounds like a bunch of clichés, but really, it’s true.

What made you become a writer?

Eva: Not sure you become a writer. I feel I was always one, as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil, and when you’ve tried to live a normal life and realize that the only thing you ever wanted to do was write – well, then you’re a writer.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Eva: There are so many, but if I had to pick one I guess Harper Lee would have to be the one, even though there is just that one book. She wrote a book that really matters.

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