elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Clifford Henderson (born February 8, 1958)

Clifford Henderson is the author of three novels: ForeWord Magazine's Gold Medal Book of the Year, and Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Winner, "The Middle of Somewhere"; Rainbow Award winner and one of Richard LaBonte's top ten novels for 2010, "Spanking New"; and her most recent novel, a Golden Literary Award winner, "Maye's Request". She lives and plays in Santa Cruz, California where she runs The Fun Institute, a school of improv and solo performance, with her partner of twenty-one years. In their classes and workshops, people learn to access and express the myriad of characters itching to get out. Her other passions include gardening and twisting herself into weird yoga poses.

Spanking New won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Bisexual / Transgender Contemporary. Maye's Request won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction. Rest Home Runaways won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction.

Further Readings:

Spanking New by Clifford Henderson
Paperback: 259 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821380
ISBN-13: 978-1602821385
Amazon: Spanking New
Amazon Kindle: Spanking New

Getting born is trickier than Spanky ever imagined.

Yearning for life, Spanky chooses Nina, a flighty actress just out of college, and Rick, a sax player who changes tires to get by, to be his parents. Only Nina seems to be hung up on her gay guy friend Pablo, and Nina’s best girlfriend Dink is hung up her! Will Nina and Rick get it together in time to conceive Spanky before he evaporates? And if this hurdle gets crossed, will they choose to keep him?

There’s not much Spanky can do but watch from above while his fate plays out—and if that’s not scary enough—an unexpected twist of fate makes Spanky have to completely reevaluate his expectations. He’s a girl!

A poignant, hilarious, unforgettable look at life, love, gender, and the essence of what makes us who we are.

Maye's Request by Clifford Henderson
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821992
ISBN-13: 978-1602821996
Amazon: Maye's Request
Amazon Kindle: Maye's Request

She has a history of complicated relationships. Is it her family legacy?

Freshly out of college and possibly in love, Brianna Bell, aka Bean, worries that she’ll never be able to have a normal relationship due to her screwy upbringing. Her parents form a perfect triangle: Mom, Dad, and her mother’s lover—who also happens to be her Dad’s twin sister. Although each of Bean’s parents now lives alone, the animosity between the twins makes dealing with either of them like tiptoeing between landmines. Then her mom, Maye, is threatened with a rare and possibly fatal illness, and she begs Bean to help heal the rift between brother and sister. Reluctantly, Bean intervenes. But the more Bean finds out about her parents’ complicated history, the more she realizes how little she knows.

A story of love, longing, and family values.

Rest Home Runaways by Clifford Henderson
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626391696
ISBN-13: 978-1626391697
Amazon: Rest Home Runaways
Amazon Kindle: Rest Home Runaways

Baby boomer Morgan Ronzio’s troubled marriage is the least of her worries when she gets the call that her addled, eighty-six-year-old, half-blind dad, Mac, has stolen a car and escaped the rest home.

Before she can alert her uber-capable wife, Treat, a trio of lady octogenarians appropriates the rest home van to rescue Mac, embarking on an adventure that makes national news. But Morgan knows something they don’t: Mac is taking orders from her mom’s ghost, trying to make good on a promise he made years ago. Worried sick, Morgan sets out on the 126-mile drive from Fresno to Santa Cruz, praying she finds Mac before he hurts himself—or worse. The chase is on, but the mission becomes one of more than miles; Morgan must also undertake a journey of the heart.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2011 & 2013

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