My short, "Just for Christmas," was released yesterday by Untreed Reads.
This storytelling takes the reader through a succession of Christmas Eves. The story begins with the excitement of a grown young man, Frank, who still savors Christmastide with a child's fascination, and is intent on drawing his partner, Stephen, into the festivities. Throughout Frank's childhood, Christmas Eves were always celebrated at his home, with the gathering of family from near and far; a rite replete with food, good cheer...an annual reconnection with family members.
The story describes, in the context of these seasonal celebrations of family, Frank's childhood journey through his very early on understanding that he is somehow different from his contemporaries, an unarticulated but nevertheless profound realization that his sexuality is not "normal." As Christmas Eves come and go, Frank--with the perceptive insight of his Aunt Claire--gradually comes to accept himself, his sexuality, unashamed, unhindered by perceptions of "normal." Through it all, Frank continues to value family, and further realizes that there is more than one definition for that precious word. Family.