The Carly Allen Trilogy
The Carly Allen trilogy was born out of a cornerstone of my childhood: teen romantic comedies. As I grew up and started to realize I was gay, I was bummed that none of these really great movies I watched had an LGBT teen as the lead. If they did, it tended to be a heavy tearjerker where someone was bound to die at the end. I didn't want that. So I decided to write the story I searched high and low for as a teen. The story of a high school lesbian not coming out, but coming of age.
This is Carly Allen's story.
Burn Before Reading
Carly Allen is finishing up her senior year of high school. After a rough break-up at the beginning of the year, she’s ready to move on and leave her hometown in the dust. The only problem? She still hasn’t heard back from any of the colleges she applied to. As the end of the year approaches, will Carly be able to figure out her future in time? Throw in a new crush, a moderately successful high school jam band, and a sarcastic freshman to tutor, and it’ll be a miracle if she makes it to graduation alive.
I Didn't Start the Fire
It’s the beginning of the rest of her life…or at least the next four years. Carly Allen has graduated from high school and is poised to begin her freshman year at Oberlin College. She’s leaving everything behind for the promised land of Ohio. While dealing with new friends, classes, a mysterious roommate, and a long-distance relationship, Carly’s trying to find a voice of her own. Packed with more ’80s music than anyone has ever asked for, I Didn’t Start the Fire is the latest installment of the Carly Allen trilogy.
Burn After Reading
Carly Allen has finally made it into the real world…and it absolutely blows. She hasn’t seen or heard from Mollie Fae in years, and her dreams of writing have long been forgotten. Carly’s lost and alone, and her last-ditch effort to find herself again is to go on a 2,500-mile road trip across the country. Buckle up, throw some Springsteen on the record player, and join Carly one last time on her quest to find true love and the person she knows she can be.
A shape-shifting detective hunts a homicidal arsonist. A jungle exploration goes horribly wrong. A child’s discovery has life-changing consequences. A deadly plague spreads across the countryside.
These stories and twenty-two more comprise our fifth edition of the Los Angeles NaNo Anthology. NaNoWriMo participants across the globe submitted short stories involving elements of darkness and concealment. This year’s diverse collection includes the most powerful and fascinating entries we received.
So open that door and take a step into the shadows beyond. Who knows what might be waiting for you inside?