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By Carey PW
Love knows no gender.
Pate Boone, a twenty-six-year-old transgender man, embarks on a new adventure when his childhood best friend, and yes, ex-lover, Oakley Ogden, convinces him to escape their hometown in hopes for something new.
They land in Cloverleaf, a tiny rural town in Montana, so that Oakley can care for his granny who is battling breast cancer. She pressures the two young men to enroll in a nearby college. Pate immediately becomes enthralled with Maybelle, a young, vivacious freshman to whom he fears revealing his transgender identity. Still, he finds it impossible to resist Maybelle, even after he meets her ex, Bullet, a large, violent man determined to keep Pate away from “his girl.”
But there are others who accept Pate immediately, like Stormy. An outdoorsy, rugged freshman, Stormy warns Pate away from Maybelle and Bullet, but Pate’s too infatuated to heed these warnings.
Oakley tries to support his friend’s new love but finds himself entangled in his own emotional calamity when he unintentionally falls for Jody, a gay and ostentatiously confident drag queen. This new relationship awakens deep, internal conflicts in Oakley as he struggles to accept his bisexuality, lashing out at Pate and causing friction between him and Jody.
Oakley must decide if he can overcome his insecurities so he doesn’t lose the love of his life. And Pate must discover if the love between him and Maybelle is strong enough for her to accept him as a transgender man, or if she will break his heart.
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“Boys chase girls. It isn’t natural for girls to pursue boys. It makes them easy,” Grandma would claim.
Knowing that I was attracted to boys and believing that my plight in life was to be a woman, I patiently waited to see Grandma’s theory play out. By the time I was in the seventh grade, I concluded that if I were to wait for a boy to take a risk and ask me out, I would remain celibate for the rest of my life. I didn’t know what culture the boys I knew came from, but they certainly didn’t come from Grandma’s culture.
Thus, I was in a position in which I had to make moves on guys without directly doing it. Boys seemed to feel that rejection equated to torturous ego slaughter. Like Maybelle, I inquired what girls they preferred, or I asked if they liked certain characteristics that were often my characteristics. Or I would do the subtle, “Too bad we won’t see each other again until Monday”—an approach to encourage them to ask me out for the weekend.
Now I was the timid, scared mess and Maybelle was the confident girl who was nudging me to act or forever hold my peace.
Maybelle looked down and twisted blades of grass along her fingers and pink fingernails. “Maybe…” she whispered.
I sucked some air into my lungs before answering her question about my type of girls. “I like anyone who likes me.”
“So, you’re desperate?” She laughed, snapping a blade of grass.
“No! That’s not what I meant.” I gently slapped myself in the side of the head.
“Sounds pretty desperate to me.” Her elbow jabbed into my side, causing me to squirm.
“No, I mean…I don’t like games. I want someone who accepts me for who I am. Someone honest.”
“That’s a strange answer, Pate.” She rubbed her chin. “Are you used to being rejected or something?”
The irony in her question was that I had never been rejected. As a girl, no boy had ever turned me down, and for the most part, I was the one who ended the relationships. As a guy, I was too afraid to discover the burn of rejection. My heart tightened with a new wave of empathy for all those boys that I had ever labeled as wusses because they forced me to make a move. At the same time, none of those boys had a vagina.
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About the Author:
Carey PW (he/they) is a debut author, college instructor, and mental health counselor. Carey is currently completing his next manuscript, Acing the Game. This novel follows Shep, an asexual, transgender person who convinces his husband Elmer to seek a third to join their marriage because Shep fears that he cannot satisfy Elmer, and the adventure begins.
Carey lives in Montana, and identifies as nonbinary, transmasculine (AFAB) and panromantic asexual. Due to the lack of resources in rural communities, Carey has discovered that writing about his lived experiences is a therapeutic outlet for him and hopes that his readers relate to his own personal struggles shared through his characters’ narratives. Carey is particularly interested in exploring relationship conflicts around sexuality and gender differences. Carey has also worked as a high school writing instructor and college writing instructor, earning a B.A. in English Literature, a M.Ed. in English Education, and Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education all from the University of Georgia. In 2020, Carey earned his second M.Ed. in Counselor Education.
Readers can learn more about Carey from his blog, www.careypw.com. When he is not writing, Carey is busy training for marathons, sharing his culinary talents on social media, and watching horror movies.