Adding di­ver­sity to the ro­mance genre

Isis Town and Country - - News -

INSPIRED by her child­hood sum­mers in Cordalba, au­thor Se­lena Sil­cox has re­leased a ro­man­tic novel aimed squarely at les­bian teens.

Crush is the first in a se­ries of sweet ro­mance nov­els and takes place on a su­gar­cane farm in the fic­tional small town of Ch­ester­field.

Miss Sil­cox, writ­ing as SR Sil­cox, said the story arose from her de­sire to give les­bian teens some sweet ro­mance books with main char­ac­ters just like them.

“I think it’s im­por­tant that teens see them­selves re­flected in fic­tion,” she said.

“See­ing char­ac­ters whose ex­pe­ri­ences re­flect their own, shows les­bian teens that their sto­ries are valid.”

A les­bian her­self, Miss Sil­cox said she was pas­sion­ate about di­ver­sity in fic­tion and the media, es­pe­cially for LGBT teens.

With shows like Or­ange is the New Black and Mod­ern Fam­ily fea­tur­ing LGBT char­ac­ters, Miss Sil­cox said teens had more peo­ple they could re­late to in pop cul­ture than ever be­fore.

“LBGT books are ex­pand­ing, but slowly, and it tends to be for the older mar­ket,” she said.

“I just wanted to fill up the space with short, sweet ro­mances.”

Heav­ily in­flu­enced by the sweet ro­mances she read as a teenager in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the Girls of Sum­mer se­ries will be a col­lec­tion of stand-alone nov­els.

In her novel, main char­ac­ter Tess Copeland is fight­ing to save her fam­ily’s beloved Crush Fes­ti­val.

Mad­die Lam­bert’s ar­rival in town proves a welcome dis­trac­tion for Tess, but city-girl Mad­die has a se­cret of her own that could change ev­ery­thing.

Miss Sil­cox drew in­spi­ra­tion for Crush from her child­hood sum­mers spent on her grand­par­ents’ farm in Cordalba.

“I had some great ad­ven­tures on the farm when I was grow­ing up and I’ve given a few lit­tle nods to some spe­cial places and farm items in the book that peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the area might recog­nise,” she said.

“Though I never had a sum­mer ro­mance like Tess and Mad­die do.”

Crush is avail­able from ebook re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Ama­zon and Kobo.

The print-on-de­mand pa­per­back op­tion was re­leased last month and avail­able from Ama­zon and the au­thor’s web­site at www.sr­sil­cox.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROUD: Writer Se­lena Sil­cox is happy about the launch of her new book Crush.

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