Today is my stop on the Fall Out blog tour and I have a really exciting guest post from the amazing author C.G. Moore, about what things inspired him to write his debut novel, Fall Out.
Fall Out is an incredible book all about one teenager’s road to self discovery and finding out who he really is. It’s an honest take on how it can be for someone coming out, and that there can be a light at the end of the tunnel, even in dark times. My full review can be found here.
A big thank you to UCLan Publishing for allowing to be part of this blog tour.
What Inspired C.G. Moore to write Fall Out – Guest Post
When I write or edit, I try not to read. I tend to get influenced by other people’s work and struggle to tell the story I need to tell. Fall Out was inspired partially by a lack of LGBT+ representation in Young Adult Literature when I was growing up and my terrible dating history. I remember being excited to go on these dates and they’d end tragically. I’d get really upset at the time but with a bit of distance, my best friend and I would laugh about it and eventually, it became the inspiration for Fall Out. Cal’s voice clicked into place and I began to write his story.
When I was 13, I didn’t see myself in any of the books I read. I stopped reading until my later teens, and what LGBT+ books I did read where US-based. Although I related somewhat to the characters, the surroundings and language were unfamiliar. I read Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez, Geography Club by Brett Hartinger and Boy Meets Boy by Levithan. I enjoyed being able to read characters who were like me, but they didn’t sound like me; they didn’t speak like me. The stories being told didn’t really capture the struggle I had – and that many LGBT+ people have – with identity: who am I? How do I embrace that? How do I accept it? I wanted to write something grittier – but still with a touch of humour – that captured some of the challenges that I encountered and the strength and resilience that it takes to overcome that.
When I was younger, I dated a lot of guys and ultimately, I just wanted to be loved. I wanted what my friends had and what came so naturally, so easily to them. They didn’t have to come out. They didn’t have to think twice about holding the hand of the boy they liked. They didn’t have to worry about what would happen if someone saw them kissing their partner in the street. These are things that LGBT+ people have to think about. I wanted to capture some of this and the bullying I endured at school. Today, I’m thankful that there’s so much representation across the LGBT+ spectrum, exploring a range of themes and issues, as well as mixing motifs. I wish I could have had some of this when I was growing up, but I’m grateful and thankful that I can contribute to LGBT YA, and widen awareness and representation of the issues and challenges that LGBT+ people face.
Fall Out by C.G. Moore
Published by: UCLan Publishing
Released: 18th June 2020
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I am Cal Adams – what does that mean?
Sixteen years old.
For Cal, coming out is explosive, but that is nothing compared to the fallout from his family, friends and foes. When events in Cal’s life reach critical, he is shaken to his core. Can he rely on his loved ones to help avoid meltdown?
About C.G. Moore
C. G. is a freelance editor and marketer who has written for GCN Magazine, Writing.ie and many more. He runs the #YAtakeover, an online festival dedicated to bringing readers and writers together. He has hosted physical and online events as part of Litfest, and the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. When C. G. is not reading or writing, he can be found wrapped up in aerial silks, baking or getting lost in nature with his sassy Jack Russell, Ruby. He currently lecturers on the MA in Publishing program at the University of Central Lancashire where he shares his love of the written word. You can find out more about his debut, Fall Out, on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50407963-fallout) or pre-order from Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fall-Out-C-G-Moore/dp/1912979187).
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