Guest Post and Giveaway The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales

In their hometown in Ireland, thirteen-year-old Colton and his best friend Jade spend their free time investigating a local urban legend about an old abandoned house which seems to be genuinely haunted. At the same time, Colton has developed a crush on American foreign exchange student, Dylan, who is visiting his aunt. Turns out, Dylan isn’t your average American kid–he’s a werewolf. When Dylan’s aunt disappears through a portal inside the house Colton and Jade have been investigating, the three of them set out to save her from the magical realm on the other side of the doorway.

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Guest Post – Coming Out Were

In my book, there is not a dramatic buildup for when Dylan comes out to Colton and Jade; it just happens, as coming out often happens in life. Coming out in my personal life was disclosing to my parents I was gay one random weeknight when I was thirteen years old. The reaction was utter silence, then lots of unintentional minimizing  — I was too young to know for sure. Years later, after hearing stories from people who had strategized their coming out by first coming out to a guaranteed ally, I wondered why in the world did I just blurt it out to my parents that night?  Had I put some thought in it, I might have come out to one parent first (my mother) or maternal grandmother. But then, I think I had been throwing clues around and they hadn’t been catching on. So sometimes we just blurt it out.

In The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane, Dylan’s disclosure, like any time we disclose an identity we fear how others might respond to, is filled with stutters and stammering and ripe with awkwardness. I am not speaking of coming out gay though, but as a werewolf. The gay identity, in fact, is accepted by the characters in the story without too much excitement. Colton, who has a crush on Dylan, welcomes the disclosure, and Jade just shrugs it away. The werewolf identity though, that’s the shocker!

Why is coming out such a fearful thing, whether it be gay, transgender, or in those rare cases, a werewolf?  The answer really hinges on something core to all of us – rejection by those we care and love. And how often do we get to read a story where coming out is not focused on one’s gender or sexual orientation, but a supernatural ability?

 

“I have loved haunted houses for as long as I can remember,” recounts Bentley-Tales. “When I was kid I was hooked on the Scooby crew who were always going into haunted castles, houses, amusement parks, museums. Heck, you name it, it was haunted!” These sweet-scary childhood memories fueled Bentley-Tales’ storytelling in this book, his first YA horror story. And certainly, developing the story through the eyes of a young gay boy allowed the author to offer a special, inclusive point of view. And while masterfully creating tension and fear through the dark fantasy conflict, the navigation of young love is another great strength Bentley-Tales displays. “There’s a part in the story where Erin wants to make Colton jealous by telling him how much attention Dylan is giving her. I get a good chuckle when I re-read it, as it’s such a typical young love triangle!”

Author Website: http://brycebentleytales.com/

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