Illegitimacy, slavery, and pedophilia…for new adults?
“New adult” is that modern literary term given to stories that appeal to teens, those who are just beginning to explore their emotions and sexuality. The heat level is around a PG-13, and the subject matter usually steers away from controversial or edgy subjects.
For this year’s National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), I undertook a kind of sequel to an adult, erotic series called “The Renegade and the Runaway.” The present work follows the life of one of the series characters, Grant Fletcher, a 12-year-old who’s infatuated with a young Native American called Sky.
This new work ventures into illegitimacy, slavery, and pedophilia, but in a way that should not alienate audiences of any age. More important, the overarching theme of the quiet spiritual life is one that I hope will resonate with most readers.
Here’s a storyboard, and the intro to Owl and Sky:
Owl…it’s the name given to Grant Fletcher by his close friends and allies, the Tuscarora Indians of North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island. His best friend is Sky, a native son.
When Grant is forced to leave the island—when his family comes to “rescue” him from the only home he’s ever known—he must also leave Sky. He finds himself in the tall dark city of Edinburgh, center of enlightenment, and of sinister shadows too. When the story opens, he’s twelve and Sky is fifteen. But reality has a way of making boys into men, very fast.
For his part, Sky is a native of an emerging country…America…an indigenous segment of the New World that its new settlers are trying to eradicate, to marginalize, or to enslave—whichever is more profitable. What happens when this young Indian strikes a fateful bargain with a colonial icon named Daniel Boone? When he teams up with an African man held in an iron collar?
How can two young men reunite across the divide of ocean and the tide of history? Expect the unexpected from best-selling m/m author Erin O’Quinn.
I expect to publish the new novel early next year. Watch for it!
Those who enjoy an erotic, historical adventure series may like to try Unkilted and its sequel Unbroken, a two-novel series that spawned this current work. They are among my top favorites of my own writing.