elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

In the Spotlight: Nico Medina

The Book: Life is fabulous for Jonathan Parish.

He's seventeen, out and proud, and ready to party through senior year with his posse of best girlfriends. But the year starts off with the wrong kind of bang when Jonathan -- in an inebriated lapse of judgment -- sleeps with a friend of his...a girl friend!

When word gets around that hot-but-previously-unavailable Jonathan might be on the market, the school's It girl approaches him with a proposal: pretend to be her boyfriend, and achieve popularity like he's never known. But popularity isn't what Jonathan wants. And suddenly, going back into the closet becomes Jonathan's only way to get what he's after -- a trip to see Kylie Minogue.

"I can't get this book outta my head." -- Rachel Cohn, bestselling author of Gingerbread

Amazon: The Straight Road to Kylie

Other Books in the List:

Fat Hoochie Prom Queen (2008)
Amazon: Fat Hoochie Prom Queen

Go Ahead, Ask Me (2009) with Billy Merrell
Amazon: Go Ahead, Ask Me

The Author: "I'm Nico Medina. Not the 25-yr-old hottish Argentinean soccer player Nico Medina, but the twenty-five-year-old professional copyeditor and YA novelist Nico Medina. I was born and raised in Orlando but now live in New York City with my boyfriend, Billy Merrell, and our overweight, sneezy pug, Paisley.

Though we've been in New York for over three years now, I still consider myself to be a Florida boy in many ways. For one thing, I have an almost incurable and impenetrable love for fast food and chain restaurants. I know, I know, it's all bad and nasty for you and the small businessman, blah, blah, blah, but where else but Chili's has an unending happy hour, free chips and salsa at the bar, and that sumptuous fajita pita?

If anyone knows, please let me know. There are no Chili's in New York! Help!!!

Moving right along past the nasty-food habits, I'll go ahead and give you the basics.

I was born on June 5, 1982, in Orlando, Florida. I've got two sisters, one who came before me in 1979, one in 1986. I think it's safe to say that being the bratty middle child (and only boy), I probably made their lives hell for a while. But we're all cool now! Same goes for my parents. My dad's where I get the "Medina" from—he's half-Puerto Rican, half-Panamanian. My mom was born and raised in Orlando (she rode a bike in the Walt Disney World opening-day parade in 1971), and she's where I get my wordiness from—she's a professional copyeditor, too, and has been correcting my grammar for as long as I can remember.

From first to eighth grade, I went to a Catholic school in Downtown Orlando called St. James, where I was not rapped on the knuckles by evil nuns when I made a mistake on the board. I went to a public high school, Winter Park High (same as the character Jonathan in the book), where I had an amazing group of friends (mostly girls). I wasn't out in high school, but I certainly wasn't the "straightest" boy. To tell the truth, I think the eight years of Catholic school must've prevented even the idea that I was gay from entering my brain...

...but even eight years of Catholic school was no match for college.

I went to the University of Florida in fall of 2000, and had to share this awful, stinking dorm room my first year with a guy who loved to microwave Chef Boyardee without opening the windows and lived for playing on his computer from 7pm to 7am on the weekends. It was in this ideal living situation that I started becoming aware of my immutable gayness, and I began coming out to people in November. Fun, fun. (Actually, I'm very fortunate to have such incredible friends and family, because the process was very easy for me.)

So UF was great. (There is just not enough space to describe how great UF was....) I started out as an architecture student, but after pulling countless all-nighters and becoming very sickly and generally going insane, I decided it wasn't for me and switched to sociology halfway through the year. Which was the best decision ever. Though it was a hell of a lot of reading.

Billy and I got together toward the end of our sophomore years, and by the beginning of our senior year, 2003, Billy's first book (Talking in the Dark) was coming out! After graduating in 2004, we took a two-week trip to Argentina, then moved to New York—me to start working in children's publishing (I'd worked at this really horrid company called Gleim Publications during college where free soda and pretzels were listed under "benefits," but I loved the actual work despite the nuttiness of the company, which is a whole 'nother story!) and Billy to start toward his MFA in Poetry from Columbia."


Top 100 Gay Novels List (*)

External Link to the Top100 Gay Novels List (simple - without photos)

External Link to the Top 100 Gay Novels List (wanted - with photos)

*only one title per author, only print books released after January 1, 2000.

Note: I remember to my friends that guest reviews of the above listed books (the top 100 Gay Novels) are welcome, just send them to me and I will post with full credits to the reviewer.

Other titles not in the top 100 list:

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