Creating imaginary worlds with each other is often something we leave behind in childhood. As adults, we still adore a good story. We immerse ourselves in books, movies and other media, but the opportunity to alter the course of those stories—add characters, change the setting, expand the plot—isn’t usually an option.
Secrets of Neverwood was the first published collaboration for each of us, and though we jumped in with both feet, we weren’t entirely sure if the project would sink or swim. How would we find common ground? Would our writing styles blend? What the heck were we going to write about?
As it turned out, we were closer to a shared concept than we could’ve imagined. Several years as friends and writing critique partners meant our lines of communication were already open, and one frank discussion about expectations and project parameters was all we needed to give birth to Neverwood. Three very different love stories sprang from those initial brainstorming sessions, as did a haunted mansion, a meddlesome ghost, an enemy bent on destroying the family, and a long-lost treasure.
Time went on. We wrote and shared snippets and scenes. Was our collaboration working? We had no idea, but by God, we were having fun. Little by little, the story became less hers and more ours, as though each chapter was an extension of one writer, not three. This is the treasure the three of us found inside Neverwood: two lifelong fans of our work. Fan fiction of our universe, basically. Books created with our setting and our characters, and all of it realized with our blessing.
What did we create? Something quite special, we hope. Neverwood is more than a mansion. More than the people and the ghosts who live there. It’s a central character. It’s home—not just to Cal, Danny, and Devon, but to all the boys who have lived under its roof. Neverwood is the embodiment of safety, love and acceptance, as well as a nexus of mystery. Once Diana, G.B. and I realized that, the question became not, “What the heck are we going to write about?” but “What the heck aren’t we going to write about?” The world is full of lost boys. It’s teeming with people seeking adventure and transcendent love. Neverwood delivers those treasures and others.
What others exactly? We encourage you to read and find out!
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Secrets of Neverwood… Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother—that upon her death, they would restore the house and preserve it as a home for troubled boys.
But going home is never easy.
Cal struggles to recover from past heartbreak, while Danny fears his mistakes are too big to overcome. Devon believes he may never break down the barriers that separate him from honest emotion.
On the path to brotherhood, they discover the old mansion holds more than dusty furniture and secret passageways. Audrey’s spirit still walks its halls, intent on guiding “her boys” toward true love, and an old mystery stirs up a new danger—one that could cost the men far more than just the house.
Secrets of Neverwood #1—One Door Closes
G. B. Lindsey was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl— and a writer” or “a paleontologist— and a writer.” Aside from her salacious and ongoing affair with the horror genre, she loves to write sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, and short stories. Other hobbies include playing the piano, reading voraciously, the occasional period drama movie night, and devouring scary film after scary film. She recently moved back home from Newcastle upon Tyne, where she earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and now lives in Sacramento.
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Secrets of Neverwood #2—The Growing Season
Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.
Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington near her two wonderful adult children.
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Secrets of Neverwood #3—The Lost Year
Libby Drew glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school’s fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.
An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to the Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.
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