Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite

Welcome to Author Lianne Simon

I’m simply a housewife trying to learn to write, and trying to help the kids I love. They say you write about what you know. I’m a Christian who has some knowledge of intersex conditions and how they affect people.
Over the past decade I’ve answered inquiries on behalf of a support group for the parents of children born between the sexes. However, as the Internet has grown, so have the options available. The Androgen Insensitivity Support Group, for instance, accepts girls with various differences of sexual development. With groups like AISSG flourishing, my time can be put to better use elsewhere.
In addition to working with the parents of intersex children, I had the privilege of making the acquaintance of a number of intersex adults. As a Christian I was disturbed by the lack of understanding on the part of the Church for people born outside the normal boundaries of male and female. The kids aren’t a part of anyone’s ‘agenda.’ Even when they have gender issues related to their condition or the treatment they’ve received.
My book, Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite, is based on a number of people I know and some of the things that happened to them growing up, all rolled up into a fictional account of a teenager’s struggle to find a place in this world. And the next. I hope y’all enjoy reading it.

Favorite quote from a movie?
Chefs do that.” Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight.
What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible. No other book has had such an effect on individuals and civilizations. It is often misrepresented or maligned by unbelievers and Christians alike. Doesn’t it make sense to know what God really says about you?

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Poached salmon and scrambled eggs.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I’d like to talk to Oliver Cromwell.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
No other book presents such an authentic portrayal of an intersex teen’s struggles to grow up.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A mommy.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Jamie’s emotional makeup and difficulty moving on with life after an interrupted childhood were drawn from my own troubled younger days. Growing up required at least temporarily cutting family ties.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland would be interesting.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I walked away from a plane crash.
Print or Ebook?
Oh, print definitely. I have a book that was printed in the mid 1600s. Skin oils have turned the leather binding a dark brown—almost black. The volume has seen such history. E-books are fine for reading, but books are more than just print on paper.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Find critique partners who care about your writing skills. Read good books on writing. But there comes a point where you need to ignore all the rules—all the voices—and just write. You can always edit later.

Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite by Lianne Simon

Born with one testis and one ovary, Jamie can be a boy after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. That’s what his parents always say, but he sees an elfin princess in the mirror. To become the man his parents expect, Jamie must leave behind the dreams of a young girl. At sixteen, the four-foot-eleven soprano leaves home for a boys’ dorm at college. When a medical student tells Jamie he should have been raised female, Jamie discovers the life he could have as a girl. The elfin princess can thrive, but will she risk losing her family and her education for a boyfriend who may leave her, and a toddler she may never be allowed to adopt?

 Content: Contains no violence, explicit sex, or foul language. It does, however, present the real issues sometimes faced by children who are born between the sexes.

Giveaway Details
2 winners will each receive a copy of Lianne’s book
Paperback open to US, Ebook open Internationally
Ends 8/22/12

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