QSFer J.S. Frankel has a new queer YA LITRPG Fantasy book out: Twisted.
Chivalry isn’t dead. It just wears a skirt.
High schoolers Charlie Matthews, Martin Anderson, and Sharon Collins win a contest to play an interactive-interfacing type of medieval game as the avatars of their favorite characters. Their mission: fight monsters, storm the castle, and capture the evil king.
Things go terribly wrong, though, when Charlie wakes up as Angella of Avernon, the lead female character in the game. While she happens to be the most powerful avatar around, he also finds out that they’ve been infected with a virus that will kill them outside the game.
Trapped and beset on all sides, Charlie has to deal with the sexism of the characters, circa 1430, Martin’s distaste for his female form, and his feelings about becoming a woman.
In addition to fighting off the various monsters, Charlie tries to fight off his attraction to Sharon… and then he realizes that Sharon is attracted to him, which makes it even more confusing. And when the deadly opponents in the game get the upper hand, Charlie must summon all of his love and courage to save the day and rescue Sharon.
Love is truly where you find it, and the gender of the one you love doesn’t matter at all.
J.S. Frankel was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up there, receiving his tertiary education from the University of Toronto and graduating with a double major in English Literature and Political Science.
After working at Gray Coach Lines for a grand total of three years, he came to Japan at the age of twenty-six and has been there ever since, teaching English to any and all students who enter his hallowed school of learning.
In 1997, he married Akiko Koike. He, his wife and his two children, Kai and Ray, currently reside in Osaka. His hobbies include weight training, watching movies when his writing schedule allows, and listening to various kinds of music.
His novels, all for the YA set, include Twisted, Lindsay Versus the Marauders and it’s sequels, Lindsay, Jo, and the Tree of Forever, and Lindsay, Jo and the Well of Nevermore, all courtesy of Regal Crest Enterprises. He has also written the Catnip series (five novels), Mr. Taxi, The Titans of Ardana and its sequel, The Titans of Ardana 2: Battlefield, along with Picture (Im)perfect and more novels, courtesy of DevineDestinies.com.
Future projects for Devine Destinies include the final novel in the Titans trilogy, the final novel in the Just Another Quiet… trilogy, The Undernet, the re-release of Star Maps, and more. He is also the author of The Menagerie and The Nightmare Crew trilogy, all courtesy of Finch Books.