So… I’m going to try to keep this update brief for now, but I think it’s important that I let readers know what’s going on with me and the Wicked Pretty Things anthology. You might have noticed that I pulled down links to the project earlier in the week.
As most people know, I am hugely supportive of representing diversity in all kinds in fiction; especially, though of course not limited to, YA fiction. I’ve talked about it before right here on the blog, and try hard to represent the beautiful diversity of all people in my writing. As a good friend said to me the other day: “We’re pro-love!” And I thought, yeah… that’s right. I am absolutely pro-love in all its wonderful forms.
I have made the decision to request that my story, ‘The Lost Boy,’ be removed from Wicked Pretty Things. I’m afraid I can’t have my work associated with something that is now under this cloud – a cloud that personally makes me feel way more than uncomfortable. It goes against everything I believe in. I believe there is always more to a situation than we can possibly know, looking in from the outside, but I also know that I believe in love between all people more than that. I am happy to report that I have the support of the UK publisher of The Iron Witch in this decision, and I’m sure that one way or another my story about Xan will find a new home. And if not, I will make a home for it here on the website when I have permission.
I’m not going to say more out of respect for my long association and friendship with Trisha Telep. This is why this situation has been even more difficult for me. I used to work with Trisha at Murder One bookstore in London, and she gave me my first publishing break in The Eternal Kiss. I have a lot to thank her for, so I don’t take this decision lightly.
Anyway. That’s where things stand for now. Thanks for listening!
Edited to add: Having re-read this post, I realise that it might look like I’m saying that my UK editor is behind me but my US editor is not. That is certainly not the case! I could only say anything about the UK because that’s who I spoke with; my US editor is currently away, though I’m sure the situation will be the same.