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The Butterfly and the Flame - Chapters I-V (PDF)

In the year 2404, America is no more. In a land ruled by the oppressive theocracy known as the Dominion of Divinity, being gay is a capital offense, adultery is punished with the lash, women are forbidden to work, and forced marriages are common.

Fifteen-year-old Emily La Rouche faces an impossible choice. On her sixteenth birthday, she will be forced to marry Jonathan Marsh, the son of her landlord. If she refuses, her family will lose everything. If she takes his hand, it is certain that her life will end by a hangman’s noose in front of an angry mob. All because Emily has been hiding an enormous secret for years—she was born a boy. As the wedding approaches, Emily’s parents realize the only way that she will be safe is if she is to escape the Dominion.

With her brother Aaron at her side, Emily flees across post-apocalyptic America in search for a new home. With vile bounty hunters on her trail, only time will tell if Emily will ever find a place where she can live and breathe free as the person she was always meant to be.

Short Stories – If I stop breathing ( PDF)This is without a doubt one of the most difficult story’s I have ever written. It chronicles the life of Miranda Llewellyn, a twenty-two year old trans-woman who, after being thrown out of her home at the age of fifteen, makes a living as a sex worker. In writing this story I wanted to highlight the reality that all too many trans-women face and for all of those who have felt the brutal blade of rejection or are unable to make a steady living just because of who they are.

Featured Articles – Cedar Rapids Gazette – Transsexuals deserve acceptance, not blame.
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