Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2007
Being recently named as a 2006 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction was a remarkable moment for author Kim Wallace. "Seeing my name on the short list was surreal. Every few days I check to see if it's still there," she confesses and then quickly adds, "Though I did immediately book my plane ticket to New York City for the May 31st ceremony." Whether she wins the category or not, this writer isn't resting on her laurels.
After successfully self-publishing the first three books in the Erik & Isabelle at Foresthill High series about gay and lesbian youth, and landing multiple literary award nominations along the way, Kim Wallace is ready to answer the most commonly asked question posed by her worldwide readership: "When's the next one coming out?"
'Coming out' is most aptly chosen verb to describe the hit series about GLBTQ youth by this teacher-turned-author. All across America, not only are students expressing their sexual identities at a younger age, but they're seeking out resources that will reflect their lives in authentic ways. Fortunately, teachers, counselors, administrators, and social workers have Erik & Isabelle as a valuable resource on which to rely in addressing the many questions that young people have about being gay or lesbian.
Slated for an August 2007 release, Erik & Isabelle Senior Year at Foresthill High (ISBN 978-0-9755848-3-5) follows right on the heels of Wallace's exceptional trio of Foresthill High books. The final episode of this groundbreaking series brings readers halfway across the world to experience Erik's journey into himself as he adjusts to living in a foreign country. Germany proves fertile ground for growth, love, and a destiny Erik could have never foreseen. Isabelle, left behind in Foresthill for her senior year, finds Mandy and herself at the center of controversy. Though no strangers to scandal, this time the girls are forced to face hate head on as a conservative student group actively opposes their nomination as homecoming queens. Though apart by thousands of miles, Erik and Isabelle remain the closest of friends as they step toward the brink of adulthood and their last days of high school.
What's next for this edgy teen series author? "Being nominated for awards is great, of course; but the most rewarding result is the increased exposure--maybe a kid who needs something like these books will now have access to them. At the core, I hope that I'm able to give a voice to the voiceless. Maybe my work will give others courage to speak up and live their lives without apology." Content to serve as that voice for the time being, Wallace launches yet another high interest book onto the publishing radar that crosses cultural, gender, and social lines with empathy and encouragement.
For a sneak preview of chapter one of Erik & Isabelle's Senior Year, go to http://www.foglightpress.com. Order all four books as a package on the publisher's website for just $40. Books are also available online at Amazon.com or can be ordered at any bookstore through Bookazine Distributors 1-800-221-8112.
About the Foresthill High Series:
Boys taking other boys to the prom? Girls holding hands as they stroll through school hallways? Students working together to educate their community or just enjoy a queer flick together? This is not your parents' closet anymore. Ripe with the angst and comedy that embody high school life, the teens of Foresthill prevail with optimism and hope that resonates in young people everywhere.