I got answers.
I hope you got questions.
So you're non-binary?
What are your pronouns?
What's it like being non-binary?
That's actually a pretty big question, and I'm not sure how well I can explain it here. Just imagine the 'gender box' on all those medical forms being a giant ?
How do you say your last name?
Deaver is said like Dee-ver. It rhymes with 'beaver’ and ‘cleaver’
What Is I Wish You All the Best About?
I Wish You All the Best is all about Ben De Backer, a non-binary teen who's kicked out of their home when they try to come out to their parents. They reunite with their estranged sister and move to a new school where they decide to fly under the radar.
But then Ben meets Nathan Allan and that all changes, and as their friendship evolves, so do Ben's feelings for Nathan.
That sounds sad.
I've been told by a few people that it's a very tear-jerking book. But no worries, it ends happily!
Can I preorder it yet?
Better yet, you can buy it now! Check out this list of retailers!
Will the book be available in (insert country here)?
The good news is that I Wish You All the Best will be available in Spanish in the near future! Keep in mind that it does take time to translate so I’ll share information as it becomes available.
We’ve also sold in the U.S. and Canada. So, the book will be available in other countries, but only as an import from the United States, which means it won’t be available in any language other than English.
It sucks, but if you’d like to see my books translated into other languages, you’ll need to buy the English version so publishers will see that there’s readership in those countries.
Be sure to check your local retailers, or Amazon in your country to see if it’s available.
Will you ever write a book from Nathan’s POV?
The short answer is: no.
The longer answer is: Nathan is a bisexual black boy, so if I wrote a book from his point-of-view, I’d be writing a book about a bisexual black boy. Not only are there so many nuances and details that come from being black and queer that I’d be unable to write or portray realistically, but there’s also an extreme shortage of queer black stories out there, especially stories about queer black boys.
So, no. There won’t be a Nathan POV story because I don’t want to take the space of a queer black narrative away from an actual queer black author. Unfortunately, I don’t have many that I can recommend you read if you’re looking for any stories like this. I’d say check out This Is Kind of An Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender.
And look out for How to Be Remy Cameron (09/10/19) by Julian Winters and Until You Come Back (2020) by Jay Coles, which I believe are both stories about queer black boys.
How'd you write the book?
A lot of iced coffee, k-pop, and ignoring my responsibilities at work. Don't be like me, kids.
How'd you get your agent?
Just the way you'd expect, querying!
Can I send you my book?
While I appreciate the offer, I can't really do that, sorry!
What's your writing process like?
Like I said before, lots of iced coffee. I'm also a total pantser, (though I’m trying to become more of a plotter) so really I have no idea what I'm doing. I just type and hope for the best. Usually I end up with the worst, but that's what editing is for!
Basically I can't plot to save my life. I have a general idea of what the story will be, and how it'll end, but everything in-between? I got nothing.
What are you writing now?
I’m currently in the middle of writing two projects, with more on the way. I can’t really go into detail right now, but I’ll hopefully be able to talk about one of them very soon!
Can you recommend any books?
Oh boy, can I? Frankly I have way too many but bare with me for a second.