Kevin Backer Tackles Challenges in Debut Novel

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Gay novel speaks to LGBT youth everywhere, “The Preacher’s Son”.

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The book tells a love story, but so much more. It tells of a father and son relationship and how both come to grips with Paul’s sexual orientation.

The challenges of LGBT youth continue to garner national coverage from syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign to the National Youth Advocacy Coalition’s work to end discrimination against LGBT youth. Author Kevin Backer is also doing his part. In his debut novel “The Preacher’s Son: A Southern Coming-Out Story” (published by iUniverse) Backer tells the story of a gay youth trying desperately to live up to his father’s expectations and the expectations of his heart.

Like most young men, Paul Banks grew up playing sports and struggling to understand the feelings rushing through his teenage body. After his mother and sister die suddenly in a car accident, Paul's life changes forever. Neither Paul nor his father seem able to cope with the memories that live in the house they all shared; so, Paul and his father decide to move to Texas to begin their lives anew.

Paul's father, a pastor, finds a new church home, and Paul makes a fresh start as a high school senior. He meets Jeremy Groll, the son of one of the deacon's at his father's new church. A spark soon ignites between the two young men. The two keep their growing affection a secret from the outside world, but when Paul’s father discovers the relationship, Paul must endure prejudice from not only his schoolmates, but also from those closest to him.

“The story was one that I couldn’t get out of my mind,” says Backer. “The book tells a love story, but so much more. It tells of a father and son relationship and how both come to grips with Paul’s sexual orientation.”

“The Preacher's Son”
By Kevin Backer
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 290 pages | ISBN 9780595704101
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 290 pages | ISBN 9780595466481
E-Book | 290 pages | ISBN 9780595909438
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Kevin L. Backer is gay and lives in north Texas with his lifelong partner and their pets. He is also author of his second novel, “No Son of Mine.”

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations – self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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