elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Graeme Aitken (born September 23)

Graeme Aitken is best known for his two popular bestselling novels '50 Ways of Saying Fabulous' and 'Vanity Fierce', published by Random House Australia and by Hodder Headline in the UK. '50 Ways of Saying Fabulous' was adapted into a feature film in New Zealand and was an official selection for the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. It also became a popular hit on the queer film festival circuit. Most recently, Graeme has been working as an indie author, writing and self-publishing his own e-books, most notably 'The Indignities' series, a sequel to 'Vanity Fierce'.

In addition to his work as an author, Graeme has also worked as the manager of Sydney's specialist LGBT bookshop for the past 23 years. There are now only a handful of these shops left in the world. With all this experience he is an Australian authority on LGBT books/writing and he edited 'The Penguin Book of Gay Australian Writing' back in 2002. Graeme is also extremely knowledgeable about publishing (he has experience with all facets - mainstream, small press, and indie self-publishing) and the current state of the publishing/bookselling industry.

Graeme was born and raised on a remote farm in Central Otago, New Zealand, but has made his home in Sydney, Australia. He has lived and worked there for the past 25 years.

Further Readings:

50 Ways of Saying Fabulous by Graeme Aitken
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Green Candy Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1931160481
ISBN-13: 978-1931160483
Amazon: 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous
Amazon Kindle: 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous

12-year-old Billy loves food and Lost in Space. As the only son on a remote farm in New Zealand, he’s forced into farm chores that aren’t just abhorrent, but that leave him little time to indulge his theatrical bent. He gets by with the help of his tomboy cousin Lou and a rich fantasy life. The arrival of two outsiders — the freaky, pimply Roy and the sexy David Cassidy look-alike Jamie — changes everything. Billy is drawn to both Roy and Jamie, testing his friendships and loyalties in the process. Funny and engaging, this tale of a gay awakening resonates with anyone who endured an awkward adolescence. Billy struggles with his sexual identity, but also with his weight, in achingly familiar attempts to diet and camouflage his girth. Capturing the period when the adult world begins to impinge on the child’s, the book narrates the agonies of early adolescence with wit and tenderness.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

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